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Player In Focus - Steve Thomas

By Geraint Roberts

Our new left-back Steve Thomas, signed from Holywell Town in the Summer, has caught up with us recently to give his thoughts on how he’s settled in.

“We’ve been on a terrible run but the lads are all in it together, we know we’ve been nowhere near good enough for this club but the team spirit is good and we are hurting badly, despite what some people think” Steve Thomas

Thomas joined Holywell in 2012 and played there until joining the Seasiders in the most recent transfer window. He also had a spell at Flint Town United until joining his hometown club, Holywell.

Thomas, 30, managed to get Llandudno’s first goal of the season coming away against Cefn Druids earlier this campaign.

Manager Iwan Williams said when signing Holywell’s captain that Steve was a “strong left sided player and is very versatile. He’s a leader who works hard and again fits the identity we want to create. He’s been one of Holywell’s stand out performers for a number of years and was the Huws Gray Alliance player of the season a couple of years back.”

Other than when injured, Thomas has been a mainstay in the Llandudno eleven this season and despite him acknowledging that everyone at the club has been brilliant with him, he admits the side’s performances must improve.

“It’s a difficult one because I can’t say that it’s been really good because of our current predicament, however, everyone at the club who I’ve been in contact with has been brilliant with me and made me feel so welcome including the management and staff, players, board members and fans.” Said Steve.

“I’ve spent most of my football years with Holywell and I absolutely loved playing for my hometown club and knew it would be strange playing for a new team but it was such an easy environment to come into because a lot of the lads were also new and we’ve got a brilliant group of people involved.”

“It’s just massively disappointing with how we have struggled to get results, none of us enjoy getting beat and unfortunately has made my first few months here not as enjoyable as it should’ve been, which is our fault as players.” Said the left-back.

After spending the majority of his career in the Welsh Alliance league, it was always going to be a step up joining the club in the Welsh Premier League, and Thomas was frustrated to have missed most of pre-season.

“I can’t say it’s been a good transition because of the situation. I missed most of pre-season through injury which was really frustrating and I’ve had to play catch-up.”

“But Iwan has showed faith in me giving me my chance in the team. I know on a personal level, I haven’t done as well as I could have, the effort has been there but I’ve been lacking quality at times which I am really frustrated with myself about.”

“I need to be better and prove that I am good enough to play for this club. In many ways I have enjoyed the challenge but obviously frustrated with the way things are at the minute and I hope we can turn a corner.”

It’s been a frustrating few months for the club as a whole, with the team seemingly dominating games at home but are yet to reap the rewards for it – and not taking the chances when they come.

“I don’t want to make excuses for ourselves because overall we haven’t been good enough – but there has been several games this season where we could, and maybe should have got more from.” Said Steve.

“We just haven’t been able to capitalise when we’ve been on top and it has been punished when we’ve been pushing to try and get the win, especially the Aberystwyth, Llanelli and Carmarthen games at home.”

“It’s frustrating because we know we could and should be doing so much better. The margins have been so fine at times but we keep finding ourselves on the wrong side and have to make our own luck and improve our quality at both ends of the pitch.”

After a two week break after the bitterly disappointing defeat to Carmarthen, Thomas and the lads are aware of how big of a task the next game against Connah’s Quay will be.

“We are under no illusion how big a task we’re facing against Connah’s Quay. We were awful against them at home and were deservedly beaten. They are an excellent team with massive depth in their squad are well organised. “ Said Thomas

“That has to be our motivation because we’ve let ourselves down too many times this season and if we didn’t believe we could go and get a result there would be no points in us turning up, so of course we think we can go there and cause an upset.”

“We know it’s a massive ask but we have to go there, be brave and give everything we’ve got. "

"We’ve been on a terrible run but the lads are all in it together, we know we’ve been nowhere near good enough for this club but the team spirit is good and we are hurting badly, despite what some people think.”

“We need to get a win and tun things around.”

An important December is fast approaching with games coming against Connah’s Quay, Newtown, TNS and Caernarfon, as well as our first game in the JD Welsh Cup.

The lads are still confident of being able to tun this season around, starting with a positive result against top of the table Connah’s Quay Nomads next weekend.

Updated 20:29 - 24 Nov 2018 by Geraint Roberts

Where next?

Llandudno U19s through to FAW Youth Cup Quarter-Final Llandudno U19s beat Connah’s Quay U19s on Sunday to progress to the Quarter-Final of the FAW Youth Cup.
Friendly announced against Glan Conwy for Thursday night Iwan Williams' side will host Glan Conwy on Thursday night in a friendly during the two-week break from Welsh Premier League action.


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