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LIAM McCreesh made a winning start on his managerial debut as Afan Lido won 3-0 away at Penybont on Friday night, thanks to a Chris Hartland first-half hat-trick.

McCreesh was appointed to take over on Thursday when Mark Robinson decided to step down after a disappointing start to the season.

"It was always my intention to hand over to Liam at some point during this campaign - however, the fact is that the results have not been good enough for a club like ours," Robinson said.

"Also seeing the impact Liam was having at the club since returning as assistant manager in the close season, now seemed to be the right time for him to take the reins."

A tigerish midfield player who came through the Afan Lido youth system and played three seasons for the club in the Welsh Premier until their relegation, 31-year-old McCreesh captained the Boys Clubs of Wales Under-18 side and signed on second forms for Haverfordwest County in late March 2007, before completing a cross-town move to become one of manager Tony Pennock's first signings at Port Talbot in July 2007. 

Voted into the league managers' dream team and also Welsh Premier player of the season in 2009/10, he returned to Lido as one of new manager Andrew Dyer's first signings in June 2011. 

McCreesh left in the autumn to play in Australia, returning at the end of August 2012 to sign for Carmarthen Town. Released by mutual consent due to work commitments in May 2014 he rejoined Port Talbot.