Afan Lido v Port Talbot Town Preview
Ahead of the huge derby game at the Marston stadium on Saturday, the 2 teams involved both need a win. They are both based in Port Talbot and are separated by just 0.4 miles. The big story of the match is the battle of the league’s top scorers: Afan Lido’s Mark Jones who has 18 goals, and Luke Bowen for the away side, who also has 18 goals. With this in mind it is bound to be a high scoring match.
Afan Lido come into this match on average form having picked up 9 points in their last 6 games. At home they have been exceptional recently, winning their last 3 home games convincingly. The fans have seen their team score a total of 11 goals in Marston stadium in the last 3 matches played there. In terms of relegation, they are most likely safe. On the other hand, their title hopes are slim and a mid table finish seems to get more and more likely every week. Unless they can maintain solid consistency, that is the cold hard truth.
Their opponents are in the same situation. The title is not a realistic hope but relegation isn’t something to worry about. This match is more for pride. The distance between the two stadiums is as small is the gap between the two teams in the table. The visitors are just 1 point above the hosts. Unfortunately for Port Talbot, they have played the most games of any team in the league this season and are likely to slip if they don’t get a good run of form. It can’t have helped when team manager Paul Evans stepped down recently. Inconsistency from both teams indicates that this game is too unpredictable to call and will be a contest as interesting to watch as the Manchester derby.
However history weighs towards the side of Port Talbot Town. Afan Lido suffered their club’s biggest defeat ever at the hands of PTT, losing 8 – 2 in 2014. Stats also favor the Blues as they are the second highest away scorers in the league this season.
To conclude, this match will be exciting and worth watching. With the 2 top scorers on the same pitch, it should also be a goal fest. A recent tweet in the build up to this match said this:
It's the Steel Town Showdown on Saturday. The mighty @CPDLidoAfan take on @PortTalbotTown – one of the greatest derbies on God's earth.
If you're not there, I'll presume you are:-
A) working (like me)
D) @ArrivaTW have left you stranded again 😆
— Marc Webber (@marcwebber) December 21, 2017