Nicky John has been chatting to some familiar faces from the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League. This week, she catches up with Port Talbot Town’s top scorer, Martin Rose.
What does it mean to you as a team to have reached the top 6?
Getting into the top 6 was our aim from the start of the season, it was important to us. As a player it means you get to test yourself against the best players and best teams in the league, and of course you also get the guarantee of a shot at getting in to Europe.
Where do you aim to finish the season?
Our aim is to finish as high as we can, but we’ve had a few bad results away to the clubs down towards to bottom of the league, so we’re a few points off 4th, but we’ll still aim to catch the teams above us.
How are you all settling into life with Bernard McNally at the helm?
We’ve settled in well under Bernie, we’ve had some great results and his experience has been vital to us getting the top 6
What about Jarred Harvey? Was it difficult to hear he was moving on from the club?
We had a great management team here and Jarred and Guppy put together a squad that could compete. They were great to play for and are missed by everyone at the club.
Jarred had a great opportunity offered to him with Cardiff City’s Under 18’s, so although it was tough to see him leave I was also really pleased for him at the same time that he was given that opportunity.
We recently saw you score 2 goals in Port Talbot’s live game on Sgorio against Bala, but which of your 14 league goals has been your favourite so far this season?
I would say that it was my goal away at Newtown. I don’t score to many goals from outside the 18 yard box, so that was a collectors item.
Which team performance from the first half of the season were you most proud of?
We’ve had some great performances this season – I think the first half away at Cefn Druids was great, but unfortunately we didn’t carry it in to the second half. Our game on Boxing Day at home against Newtown was the best team performance this season. We won the game 2-0 but it could have been a lot more if we had been more clinical.
Which game was most disappointing?
That has to be TNS at home. They played really well and I don’t think we could have played any worse. A disappointing game and defiantly one to forget.
Which of your team-mates has impressed you most so far this season?
That’s a tough one as a lot of the lads have been playing well, but I would say both Luke Bowen and Chad Bond have impressed the most.
Bows has scored some important goals and made a lot of assists, whilst Bondy has been superb in midfield. He’s great on the ball and can pick up a pass from anywhere.
Which players have caught your eye?
Obviously it’s hard not to name Venners with the amount of goals he’s scored, but I would also say that Mark Connolly has played well. He’s always a threat when ever we play and he caused us a lot of problems in our last game against them in January.
What’s the best game you’ve ever been to see as a fan?
I’m a Portsmouth supporter so the 2008 FA Cup final was an amazing day out with my family when we beat Cardiff City. A lot of my friends were sat at the opposite side of the stadium supporting Cardiff, so it was nice to have the bragging rights!
Who was your favourite player as a child?
It has to be Alan Shearer – a typical English striker and scorer of some great goals. I remember watching him in Euro ’96 and for me was the best player.
Which player do you most admire now, and why?!
Easily Messi. I went to Barcelona for my 30th birthday to watch them play, and he’s an incredible player. The best I’ve ever seen live, and for me the best of all time.
Favorite away trip in the WPL?
Bangor away is always a good one, they have the best support in the league so it’s always nice to play up there. The only issue is the 5 hour journey there and back.
What’s your job?
I’m a quantity surveyor working for Persimmon homes.
Which 3 people would you most like to invite to dinner?!
Jennifer Anniston, Mila Kunis and Denzil Washington.
Tell us a random Martin Rose fact…
I quit football between the age of 19-21 to play rugby.
Finally, are you really better than Pele?!?!
Haha! Most defiantly not! But it’s a catchy song! To be fair to the Port Talbot supporters, they do come up with some superb songs!