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Steelmen skipper returns to shore up defence

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 23, 2012

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CORTEZ Belle returns from suspension for Port Talbot's visit to Airbus on Saturday (2.30) — and manager Mark Jones admits his skipper has been missed.

The former Chester striker should be back to lead the line for the trip to the Airfield as the Steelmen continue their bid for a place in the Championship Conference.

Carl Payne is also back after serving a one-match ban.

"We definitely missed Cortez (against Aberystwyth) because Glyndwr Hughes is outstanding in the air," said Jones.

The Steelmen are aiming to bounce back from a 4-2 defeat to Aberystwyth.

And Jones will be looking for a better performance at the back after criticising his side's defending against the Seasiders.

That result saw Port Talbot tumble out of the top six just eight games before the mid-season split.

They are two points adrift of Bala and Connah's Quay above them.

Fourth-placed Airbus are a further two points better off and arrive at the GenQuip Stadium after a 2-0 defeat to Bangor last Friday.

"All our work in getting into the top six over the last few weeks has been undone a little bit and we've got to start again with a tough fixture at Airbus," said Jones.

"But as I say every week, there are no certainties in this league.

"There are eight games to go (until the split) and I think we need to win four.

"If we'd have won against Aberystwyth, we would have put ourselves in a good position."

This is the first of two games Port Talbot will play against the Wingmakers in as many weeks.

The pair clash again in North Wales in the Welsh Cup on December 8.

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