AFTER Porthmadog were beaten by Port Talbot for the third time, manager Viv Williams blamed the latest defeat on a series of sloppy goals.
“At 2-0 down at half time, we changed our system but they scored a third goal before we began to play as we should, closing up to 3-2,” he said.
“And we would have got the equaliser but for the mud on the goal-line, where Aled Rowlands’ shot had been blocked and got stuck as Gareth Parry was closing in to score.
“Then late on, when we were pressing and creating chances galore, Port Talbot broke for the fourth goal that killed us off and that was sloppy as well.”
Porthmadog, whose returns in 2008 have been meagre – just one win in 11 games – hit trouble inside a minute.
Keeper Richard Harvey was beaten by Liam McCreesh’s glancing header at the far post, following Lee John’s deep cross from the right wing.
Confusion between defenders led to the hosts’ second goal on the half hour, when Martin Rose directed a 15-yarder in off a post.
Porthmadog hardly functioned during the first period but, switching from 4-5-1 to 4-4-2, looked livelier after the break – only for another defensive blunder to gift a third goal to Rose on the hour.
Hopes of a revival came when Marcus Orlik converted a penalty on 62 minutes, following Matt Rees’ handling, and the same player’s second goal on 78 was direct from a free-kick.
Frenzied pressure brought only frustration for Orlik, Rowlands and Paul Roberts, before Port Talbot’s Scott Barrow sealed the result.