A 3-1 win over Carmarthen Town in MD24 action was huge for the Seasiders as they look to complete the monumental task of survival in Phase Two. We caught up with two of their bright young stars following an important victory for Iwan Williams’ side.
“I thought all of the boys were excellent.” The in-form George Harry told WPL.Cymru.
“We knew it was massive to start Phase Two as best we could, obviously, and I thought we were unlucky last week at Aberystwyth, but today we got exactly what we deserved and all of the boys worked their backsides off, to be fair, so we really deserved the win.
“They’re a tough team to come up against, we know they’re strong at the back and we could have played into their hands on the day if we hadn’t been quite at it, but to be fair Les (Davies) was top quality up top, winning most of his headers, so he neutralised their threat at the back and we pressed well to stop them playing out from the back, too.”
MD6 was the last time Llandudno tasted victory, and whilst some of their performances between now and then their manager accepts just haven’t been good enough, on occasion they have been unlucky not to secure more points than they have done.
One of the brightest sparks for the Seasiders throughout this difficult period has been young Ben Clark, on loan from TNS, who has really shone whenever called upon for the Giant Hospitality Stadium club, and he spoke of how hard his side have worked to secure last weekend’s win.
“It’s been a long time coming, the lads worked so hard for it and over the last five or six weeks we’ve just been building on a platform, getting better results than we have been, and it is always good to get a win so hopefully we can keep improving from here now in the next few weeks.
“I think everyone feels that because we’re in a battle and we’ve been playing better, we feel like we’ve got something to build on and we can improve and find a way out of the situation we’re in and keep picking up good results to avoid relegation.”
Performances both individually and collectively have generally building in the right direction for Llandudno since some time now, particularly since the hectic Christmas period, and Harry – who has seven goals in his last seven games in all competitions for the Seasiders – thinks the club have certainly turned a corner since then, and outlines why.
“I think we have turned a corner since Christmas, really. That Boxing Day game instilled our belief, really – we know things haven’t gone our way this year, and it has been difficult, but we thoroughly deserved this win and we’ve just got to stick to our game plan moving forward now.
“Our next game away to Cardiff Met will be really tough, it’s probably one of the hardest places in the league to go and try and get a result, but hopefully we come out on top.
“The gaffer said before today that we’ve got nine cup finals left, and it’s true – every game is massive, but we’ve just got to keep going. That win today was for the gaffer, he’s been going through a lot personally. I think the belief has always been there, but since Christmas we’ve finally been starting to get the results for it.”
An energetic and confident 18-year-old, the likes of TNS duo Scott Ruscoe and Steve Evans have been discussing the potential of young Ben Clark for some time now, and his performances for Llandudno have certainly backed that up since he joined on loan in November.
A central midfielder in the first instance, the youngster has played a lot of minutes at full-back for Llandudno and acquitted himself exceptionally well, and he spoke about his experience of playing consistent minutes under Williams and the outlook for the team going into the remainder of Phase Two.
“It’s good to play anywhere, absolutely, it’s great to get minutes on the pitch at this level at a young age, so I’m really enjoying that. I’ve played twice in central midfield, but since I’ve moved to play full-back it’s just a different experience and I’ve learnt a lot from doing it.
“It is always good to get on the score sheet, especially when you win the game, but a goal is a goal and I’m happier to get the win than anything else.
“It doesn’t get any easier in the situation that we’re in, but if we can keep building on this and playing how we are and keep improving and getting good results then it isn’t impossible to come out of the bottom two.
“After today’s performance, to get this win, the morale in the dressing room is a lot higher than it has been since I’ve been here, so it is all positive and I’m looking forward to continuing to build on this in the next few weeks.”
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