Scott Young believes Port Talbot Town will head to Rhyl for Saturday’s Welsh Premier League clash full of confidence after their recent good run.
The Steelmen are unbeaten in six games going into the match as they build momentum ahead of their Play-off Conference campaign. Port Talbot play their final game before the mid-season split in North Wales, and Young insists his side travel in buoyant mood.
“Rhyl are a big, strong, powerful team, and they’ll be looking to beat us to get into the top six,” said the former Cardiff City defender.
“But we’re going there full of confidence. The second half of the season has already started as far as we’re concerned, that’s what I told the players as soon as we knew we couldn’t get back into the top six. This is a massive game for us and the players know that.”
Port Talbot look to have turned the corner after a disappointing start to the campaign. The GenQuip Stadium side have collected 14 of the last 18 points available after twice thumping Afan Lido in derby clashes, while also beating Connah’s Quay and Aberystwyth.
“All credit to the staff and all the players, we’ve stuck together,” said Young.
“We may not always have got the results we wanted, but the performances haven’t been that bad. We’ve stuck together and come through a lot. It was only a matter of time before the results improved. Even in the difficult times when players were low on confidence the team spirit was still really good.”
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But we’re going there full of confidence. The second half of the season has already started as far as we’re concerned, that’s what I told the players as soon as we knew we couldn’t get back into the top six. This is a massive game for us and the players know that.
And Young is excited about his budding front partnership with Martin Rose.
“He didn’t play a lot of football last season and probably got frustrated with one or two of my decisions to leave him out,” added Young.
“But I make my decisions in the best interests of the football club not individuals. He appreciates that now and him and Rosey are developing into a great strike pairing.”
(news piece courtesy of Port Talbot Town)