Young delighted after Rose strikes to earn Town victory
PORT Talbot Town picked up their first win in four league attempts on Saturday, with Martin Rose firing Scott Young's side to a deserved three points at the GenQuip Stadium.
The visitors proved to be stubborn opponents for much of the afternoon and it seemed increasingly likely that the home side's winless streak would continue as the game entered its final stages.
But Port Talbot capitalised on a strong spell of pressure when substitute Rose stabbed the ball over the line to claim a welcome win for director of football Young.
"I thought that was our best performance at home this season," said Young.
"When you look at how much possession we had, we showed a lot of patience.
"It's difficult when sides like Rhyl come here. They've got two big units playing at centre-half, two good full-backs and they're very well organised. But we probably deserved to win it by three or four in the end."
Rose's goal highlighted the strength in depth that Young has at his disposal this season, as he made a number of changes following the previous weekend's defeat to Newtown.
Gethin Jones, Lewis Harling, Sam O'Sullivan and Sacha Walters were all recalled to the side which saw David Brooks named amongst the substitutes.
"Rose's response today was brilliant, that's what we want and as a club we've got competition all over the park," said Young. "If you look at every position, there's competition."
Lee John looked certain to fire Town ahead on 19 minutes but Ryan Astles made a crucial block after John had been put through by Lewis Harling's ball.
Harling went close when a Sam O'Sullivan corner was knocked down and the midfielder shaved the crossbar with a fierce 18-yard drive.
Rhyl striker Steve Lewis broke free of the defence to chip the ball over oncoming keeper Steven Hall, but Gethin Jones cleaned up, the experienced defender turning in arguably his best performance since arriving from Bath City in the summer.
John found himself through after making an interception but he was dragged wide of goal as he attempted to round Alex Ramsay, who recovered well to save John's attempted cross.
Port Talbot were immediately given a further opportunity as Huw Jones awarded the Blues an indirect free-kick in the Rhyl area, with Ramsay penalised for taking too long to kick the ball out. Lee Surman could only drive the ball into the wall.
Port Talbot were forced onto the back foot in the second period when Mark Cadwallader shot over.
Midway through the second half, Port Talbot had Hall to thank for keeping the scoreline level. Chris Rimmer popped up inside the area to strike from close range but was denied superbly by Hall, who made a one-handed stop low down to his right.
With just under 20 minutes remaining Port Talbot were rewarded for their superiority in possession.
Having been on the field for six minutes, it was Rose who got the all-important touch to poke the ball over the line, his outstretched boot at the back post decisive after Harling's close-range attempt was pushed back out into the packed goalmouth.