Date: Sat 29 Dec 2012

Steelmen Leapfrog Old Gold to Fifth Position

Dan Sheehan under pressure from Anthony Rawlings (Photo: Gareth Elms)

Dan Sheehan under pressure from Anthony Rawlings (Photo: Gareth Elms)

Port Talbot Town beat their closest rivals comfortably in a fiery match at the GenQuip Stadium on Saturday afternoon in front of the live television cameras.

David Brooks scored twice and Lewis Harling, Carl Payne, Ryan Green and Le DeVulgt also found the net against the hapless Lido who were reduced to nine men.

Mark Jones scored Lido's only goal of the game before the break with a scrambled effort, which cancelled out an early Harling effort, which took a deflection to beat Chris Curtis at the near post.

The hosts struck back after the equaliser to ensure that they had the lead at the interval as captain Brooks latched onto a through-ball to beat the offside trap before calmly beating Curtis.

The turning point came when Lido defender Paul Evans brought down Jeff White outside the box and referee Kevin Morgan deemed the incident to be denying a clear goalscoring opportunity, so the centre-back was dismissed. Brooks stepped up and struck the resulting free-kick into the top left corner with aplomb.

Lido forward Anthony Rawlings was then sent-off just after the hour for an off-the-ball incident on Brooks, before Man of the Match Carl Payne took his opportunity to score the fourth against his former side.

Talbot were reduced to ten-men as striker White needlessly gained a second yellow card, but centre-backs Green and DeVulgt ensured that the Steelmen sent their fans home happy with two further goals in injury-time. Green scored his first for the club after a small deflection and the long-serving DeVulgt headed in moments later.

The win marked just the second League double in the Steeltown derby with Port Talbot enjoying the only other previous League double in the 2000/01 season.