Airbus 3 Port Talbot Town 0: Steelmen are caught napping
PORT Talbot Town paid the price for a slow start as leaders Airbus UK ran out 3-0 winners.
The Steelmen's afternoon got off to the worst possible start when Mike Pearson put the title contenders ahead in the first attack of the game.
Pearson put the hosts ahead after Lewis Short's long throw caught the Port Talbot defence napping with just a minute on the clock.
Airbus could have added a second soon after, but Daniel Sheehan made a goal-line clearance from Chris Simm.
But Simm made no mistake when he extended Airbus's lead on 16 minutes, firing home past Steven Hall.
Town offered little in terms of a reply with set-pieces looking the most likely route for Port Talbot to force their way back into the game.
David Brooks hit two free-kicks into the wall from the edge of the area, while Sam O'Sullivan was played in through on goal and passed his marker Lee Owens before being dispossessed by the full-back, who recovered well.
Shortly after the restart Ian Kearney headed narrowly wide from Owens's free-kick as Airbus forced Port Talbot back.
Having struggled for so long to gain a foothold into the game, the Port Talbot bench were left furious midway through the second period when Sam O'Sullivan raced through to seemingly score, only for the linesman to flag for offside. Miles John then went close as his half-volley flashed across goal.
But with 15 minutes remaining, Airbus put an end to any lingering Port Talbot hopes by adding a third.
Simm charged through the middle on the counter, allowing Sam Hart to apply a well-taken finish.
Ton boss Scott Young will expect an immediate response to their setback tomorrow night against Aberdare Town in the Word Cup.