Expect Bala to sharpen up as marksman Ian Sheridan returns

Bala Town will be quietly pleased with the start that they have made to the season, sitting well-placed in second spot going into this weekend’s home encounter with Port Talbot.

Whilst they and everyone else in the league trail still-unbeaten leaders TNS, Bala are the next best side in the league and have forged a healthy five-point lead over Llandudno and Aberystwyth, who sit third and fourth respectively.

Bala have only lost once in the league this season and the Lakesiders should again be a leading contender to claim European qualification – but to do so, they need to pick-up their goalscoring record.

The side have only hit 14 goals in their 12 WPL outings this season and Colin Caton has the performances of his back four and goalkeeper to thank for their lofty league position.

The Bala rearguard, of namely keeper Ashley Morris and the regular back four of Ryan Valentine, John Irving, David Artell and Anthony Stephens, have been huge for the Maes Tegid outfit this season already recording an incredible eight clean-sheets in the WPL.

And I expect that Bala could now really kick-on as one of their most feared forwards returns back to the fold from injury.

The 26-year-old made made his comeback in the second-half at Haverfordwest last weekend after overcoming a hamstring injury that had troubled him for the past five weeks, and told the club’s official website that he is raring to go.

The aims are still the same as before I was injured. In my opinion, any football team has to start each season with the aim of winning everything. The aims then change as the season plays out and you can assess what is achievable. The aim right now is to continue to keep pressure on TNS. If we can do that we’ll be in a strong position.

Personally my target is always to chip in with goals being a forward player. I haven’t scored any in the league this year so that needs to change.

Looking at the table, our season has started really well and we’re in a great position but it could still be better. As a team, we’ve been brilliant defensively in only conceding 5 goals. We just need to fine tune and score more at the other end helping turn draws into wins. That said, its been very close so far this season with everyone beating one another. I think the last two games we’ve started to show more going forward which bodes well.

Sheridan has scored four goals in Port Talbot’s last four visits to Maes Tegid, a fifth this weekend will help the former Airbus striker return to form and add more worries for Andy Dyer’s out-of-form Port Talbot.

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