On Saturday 30th April Port Talbot Town Disability travelled to Dragon Park in Newport to participate in the first FAW Festival since March 2020.
Port Talbot Town entered three squads into the event 1 at Champions League, 1 at Premiership B and 1 at Championship.
All the squads were eager to play and showcase what they could do on the field.
Champions League Review
Unfortunately, due to the Champions League only having Port Talbot Town, Barry Town United & Newport Angel as participants in their ability level they had to play the same teams 3 times over.
The Champions League Squad started their event off against old foes Barry Town United. This game was a tough defensive effort by the team as they managed to hold their ground and hold out for a creditable 0-0 draw.
The next game was against Newport Angels. Newport is a side new to the festival set up and an unknown quantity and this showed as the game finished 1-0 in favour of Newport.
Port Talbot's 3rd game of the day was again against Barry Town United. In this game the squad finally found their attacking prowess however so did Barry Town and both teams played an attacking game which led to a lot of goals. Sadly, it was Barry Town who had the final word in what was a hard fought 3-2 Win for the Vale of Glamorgan Team.
The next game Port Talbot played Newport Angels again and this time they were more prepared for their opponents, and this showed as the Blues came out 3-1 winners.
The 5th Game was the final meeting between Port Talbot and Barry and just like their second meeting both teams played out of their skin to gain a result over each other. Again, it was Barry who had the cutting edge and for the second time in the day managed a 3-2 win over Port Talbot.
Port Talbot's 6th and Final Game was against Newport Angels. After so many games Port Talbot had adapted to their opponents and a great team effort along with some spectacular individual moments Port Talbot came out 4-0 winners.
A mixed day of results but a great effort nonetheless and I'm sure the players will take lessons away from the day; however, I am certain the players enjoyed the day and getting out there to represent the club. Overall, they done themselves and the club proud.
Premiership B Review.
The Premiership B squad played 5 games with their opposition for the day being Clarby Warriors A & B, Fishguard, New Inn AFC and RCT Tigers.
Port Talbot started their day off with an opening fixture against Clarby A. The game itself was a scrappy affair with chances being spurned by both sides. By the full-time whistle Port Talbot had edged the game
The second game was against New Inn. Both teams knew each other extremely well after competing against each other in the Building on Ability League. The game itself was full of action and Port Talbot making use of their set piece with goals coming from corners and free kicks. It was a contrast from the first game as mistakes were kept to a minimum. Final score Port Talbot Town 6-1 New Inn.
The third game was against Clarby Warriors B. This game was like the first with the game being scrappy. It was obvious that while Port Talbot wanted to play their patient passing style of play, Clarby Warriors did not want to and decided to play route 1 over the top football. For a while this seemed like the superior tactic as Clarby raced into a 2-0 lead, however Port Talbot's determination payed off and they scored 2 quick goals to tie the game up. Final Score 2-2.
In their fourth game Port Talbot played RCT Tigers, this game was played straight after the previous game. It goes to show that fitness training does pay off as Port Talbot continued to play their passing style and disrupted any flow the Tigers could put together. It was a job well done by Port Talbot with the final score being 3-0 to the Steelmen.
After a 40-minute break and a second warm up Port Talbot played their 5th and Final game vs Fishguard. Fishguard were a new team for Port Talbot to face and had identified where the threats would come from. A great team effort to neutralise the danger players combined with the passing play Port Talbot had been playing all day meant for an exciting game. Final Score 5-0 Port Talbot.
A great effort from all the players who made the most of each game and learnt from mistakes. A great team effort by all.
The Championship squad played 5 games with their opposition for the day being Heronsbridge Inclusion A & B, Aberystwyth Town, Coed Eva Athletic and RCT Tigers.
The Championship team began their day with an opening fixture against Heronsbridge Inclusion B. The game was end to end with plenty of chances for both teams. Both teams played extremely well and the game finished 1-1 which was a fair reflection on the football played.
In the second game Port Talbot played RCT Tigers this game was full of goals as both teams showed great attacking intent. As both clubs pressed each other hard it was obvious the game was going to be entertaining by the final whistle Port Talbot came out winners 3-2
The third game was against Coed Eva Athletic. Coed Eva and Port Talbot are 2 clubs that know each other extremely well after playing in the Building on Ability League and in a friendly recently and this showed as both teams fought hard on the pitch taking chances as they came and defended as a unit. It came as no surprise that come the final whistle the game was tied at 2-2
The fourth game Port Talbot played Aberystwyth Town. Since the last time the two teams met at this level both clubs have gone through some changes in player personnel. The game itself was dominated by Port Talbot who pressed Aber hard and defended extremely well. Port Talbot made the most of their chances running out 6-0 winners.
The final game was against Heronsbridge Inclusion A. Just like the previous game against Aberystwyth Town, Port Talbot Town played with passion and intensity and showed us what they have been learning at training. All of their hard work showed as again they came out 6-0 winners.
Well done to the squad who played with heart and to finish undefeated is an achievement in itself. Overall Port Talbot Town was well represented over the 3 levels and everyone has shown the club in a good light. The results were great but more importantly the improvement in not just the players playing ability but in their social communication was evident too see and they have done themselves and the club proud. We now look forward to the next event wherever that may be.