PORT Talbot Town boss Hayley Williams admits fourth place in the Genero Adran Premier ahead of the mid-season split would be something of a poisoned chalice for her side.

Swansea City, Cardiff City and Cardiff Met have already claimed three of the top four places, but the remaining spot, currently occupied by Aberystwyth Town, is on offer.

It’s very likely to be between the Seasiders and Pontypridd Town for the last berth, however, Port Talbot still have a mathematical chance if they win their next three games.

When asked if making the top four was still realistic, Williams said: “To be completely honest, with the struggles we have faced this season, losing so many quality players, we don’t feel that a top-four finish would be any good for us as at present.

“Competing with the big three teams week in, week out would be tough and if results weren’t to go our way it would be very demoralising for the girls.

“Regardless of this, we always go into every game with full intentions of winning so, if we were to finish in the top half, we would give it a good go.

“That seems unlikely at present judging by our fixtures and points on the board at this stage.”

Completing a first-phase double over The New Saints at Park Hall on Sunday is a must if Port Talbot are to sneak into fourth place.

Recent performances against Swansea and Cardiff Met pleased Williams, who is still on the lookout for new faces, while her side clinched a first away win of the campaign in Barry a fortnight ago.

“We have pulled together and ground out a few important results,” she added.

“Our performances against Cardiff Met and Swansea were pleasing and, despite the scorelines, we were in the games and competed.

“It’s always important to get a win regardless of where it is, and what was pleasing against Barry was getting the three points without particularly playing well.

“It’s always important to pick up points against teams in and around us.

“This weekend will be particularly tough factoring in the time of year and travel.

“We will have a depleted squad for the game but, as always, will give our best.”

Williams has brought in the versatile Maisy Fahey Pennell from Penybont and former Wales international Sophie Cole, who is waiting to make her debut because of an ankle injury.

Williams said: “We are lucky enough to have an under-19s squad which we can pick players from to fill our matchday squad.

“We are still looking to add players, in particular defenders, so if anyone wants to challenge themselves at the top flight, get in touch.”

Meanwhile, TNS assistant manager Greg Draper believes Sunday’s hosts missed a great chance to take three points at Victoria Road in October, when Port Talbot won the reverse fixture 2-0.

“This is a team we’ve only played once so far,” he said. “That game down there got away from us, three points were there for the taking.

“Similar to Aberystwyth last Sunday, we were very good in the first half against Port Talbot.

“Unfortunately, we just didn’t come out in the second half and they punished us.

“On our day, we would have far too much for them, it’s just a case of making sure we turn up with intensity and start on the front foot.

“It doesn’t matter about performances, it’s about picking up three points and climbing the table.

“It’s important we get the result on Sunday because the longer we go without wins, the harder it is to keep the players motivated.

“Despite the results, they are continuing to work hard, which is the most important thing and the minimum you’ve got to do.”