Port Talbot Town Ladies held their annual presentation awards ceremony at the GenQuip Stadium, to celebrate fifth position in the “Shared Access” Welsh Premier Women’s League, and semi finalists in the “Shared Access” League Cup.
Club player of the Year - Bethan Ellis.
Top Goal scorer - Courteney Thomas.
Season’s most Improved Player - Lauren Amor.
Manager’s Player of the Year - Rachael Ball.
Player’s player of the Year - Gemma Evans.
Thomas Fairchild Memorial Cup - Courteney Thomas.
Head Coach Dan Liddiard then announced that he was bringing to an end a two season spell with the club, returning to north Somerset, with him having accepted a new sporting position in Gwent.
“I thought that it was time to move on with a new challenge, and it’s been an emotional few weeks after spending some good quality time here at Port Talbot, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it”.
“I’m now going to be moving back home to Weston-super-Mare, and travelling across the bridge to coach at the Gwent Girl’s Development centre, at Dragon Park in Newport”.
Liddiard was asked what will he best memories about his role at Port Talbot.
“I think that when I started here there was a limited structure as to how the girl’s played, and what I wanted to influence straight away was a game plan, with us securing possession a lot more. Now, we are more composed with the ball and we break teams down better and easier, just because of the new movement”.
“The girl’s have had to buy into it a lot, because it has improved from what they knew before, and it has been achieved, because if they didn’t do it on the pitch, it doesn’t come together”.
Liddiard remarked on his reflection of the team’s performance during the last ten months.
“I’m really proud of the cup run we had, because last year we didn’t have one; in the Welsh Cup we were unlucky to be paired with Cardiff City Women in the early round of the Welsh Cup, but in the League Cup we overcame Aberystwyth Ladies; however we then lost to Llanidloes Ladies in the semi-final, with them better on the day”.
“There has been a high turnover of players, and at a key point this season’s campaign we lost Jesci Hare with an ankle break, but we found a replacement in Nicole Rawlinson from the University of South Wales, and she’s been brilliant, adapted straight into the set-up, and has fitted in well to her defensive role”.
“Lauren Amor is a sixteen year old newcomer, who has had a lot to prove having become available, and she’s had to play against top class players, with her being a positive addition to the team,”
Liddiard added. “At the beginning of the season we wanted to finish in the top four, but we just missed out on that in the end, slipping up a few times throughout the campaign”.
“I’m happy with 5th spot, with us being the best of the rest if you take the top four out of the equation; our goal difference is negative in the table, but we have a platform to go for next season, and hopefully the girl’s have looked at that themselves and listened to build for the 2014/15 season”.