Somerset outfit Radstock Town will be Ton Pentre’s challengers later today (Saturday, 21st July) in a pre-season friendly at Ynys Park where the match will kick-off at 2.30pm.
The Bulldogs come into the game following an opening friendly win against Merthyr Town who were beaten 2-1 at Ynys Park on Tuesday night with goals from Gareth Tedstone and Tom McCarthy. The Martyrs were crowned champions of the Western League Premier Division last season and it is this competition that today’s visitors ply their trade.
Radstock Town are believed to be one of the oldest clubs in the county of Somerset with their official year of foundation being 1895, although there is clear evidence that a Radstock team was playing competitive games much earlier, possibly as far back as 1860.
Much like the Bulldogs in the Rhondda, the club was hewn out of the coal seams of the Radstock mines by the hard working miners.
Radstock are founder members of the Western League but have also competed in both the Somerset and Wiltshire County Leagues with varying degrees of success. Relegation from the Western League came in 1994 and it took ten years for the club to regain National League status.
The Miners will be hoping for a fruitful visit to the Rhondda but following a strong showing against Merthyr Town, Bulldogs manager Dean Morris will be hopeful that his team can produce another good performance.
There’ll be pre-match build-up and updates via our Twitter feed and Facebook page, both of which can be accessed from the Bulldogs Social Zone on the right-hand side of this page. You’ll also find us on Instagram (search: tonpentreafc) where we will share some of our matchday photographs.