Caersws 1 Port Talbot 4
MANAGER Mickey Evans admitted his Caersws side’s return to league action was a “big let-down” after their cup heroics earlier in the week.
The troubled Bluebirds had hoped their Loosemores Cup triumph over Rhyl would serve as a catalyst for a league revival.
But, with just one home win in the league this season, they again failed to deliver at the Recreation Ground as the Steelmen ran out convincing winners.
“No excuses, too many players under-performed and Port Talbot fully deserved the win,” said Evans. “It sums up our season. When we’ve had a decent performance, we can’t seem to follow it up. It was a big let-down for everyone but we’ve got to pick ourselves up and go again.”
Evans was particularly disappointed that three of the Steelmen’s goals came after his side had lost possession.
Despite struggling to get into their stride, the hosts should have gone ahead when striker Damien Currier failed to capitalise after former Wrexham keeper Kristian Rogers dropped the ball at his feet while Neil Mitchell also sliced wide when put through.
The encounter, however, swung in favour of the visitors four minutes before the break when Caersws only half-cleared a free-kick and Dane Williams’ volley from the edge of the box bounced up off Matthew Rees’s heel before looping into the net.
There was nothing fortuitous about the visitors’ goals after the break, with Dylan Blain firing across keeper Andy Mulliner from the left and Lee John drilling inside the left post from 18 yards to put their side in charge.
Chris Venables pulled one back when nipping in to convert a left-wing cross, but the Steelmen had the last word when substitute Martin Rose cut in from the right to fire home.