Pontardawe Town 0-0 Ton Pentre
MacWhirter Welsh League Division One
Saturday, 22 September 2012
This was a pretty uneventful match as neither team created much in the way of goalscoring opportunities, which for Ton Pentre is quite a concern as Pontardawe Town were reduced to nine men following a sending off in each half.
Pontardawe organised themselves and worked hard when Arwel Rees saw red for a head-butt into Josh Evans’ stomach in the 24th minute and Cerith Williams received his second yellow card of the game when he fouled Bulldogs striker Tom McCarthy in the 57th minute as he approached the box.
Ton Pentre did not play badly in this match and always looked comfortable when on the ball but their inability to pierce Pontardawe’s defence will be a concern for Bulldogs manager Dean Morris.
The first useful chance that Ton Pentre created was mustered in the 64th minute from Adam Lewis’ deflected shot. When the ball was lofted into the box from the resulting corner kick, Thomas Davies had time to volley his shot deep inside the penalty area but the defender’s effort went over the bar.
There was a dash of more excitement in the 83rd minute when Tom McCarthy set-up Jaymie Wearn who ran free of the defence and into Pontardawe’s 18-yard box. Just as it looked as though the striker was going to net his first goal for the Bulldogs, James Harris closed him down and produced a fine save to smother the shot.
An injury time free kick on the edge of the box nearly presented Ton Pentre with a winning goal when Richard Ingram floated the ball into the penalty area. Davies had a free header but he could only direct it over the bar.
The performance and sleek football was present for the Bulldogs in this game but they just need the goals to go with it. The Ton Pentre management team and players will be bitterly disappointed that they were frustratingly unable to breakdown the nine men of Pontardawe.
Ton Pentre’s next match will be against Goytre United at their Glenhafod Park Stadium home on Friday, 28th September 2012 at 7.30pm. Please note that this match was originally detailed as a home match on the fixture list but has now been switched.
Ton Pentre: 1. Jonathan Howe, 2. Richard Noyes (69’), 3. Lewis Hydes, 4. Jason Brewer, 5. Ross Porter (79’), 6. Thomas Davies, 7. Josh Evans, 8. Richard Ingram, 9. Jaymie Wearn, 10. Adam Lewis (Captain), 11. Tom McCarthy (88’). Subs: 12. Nyran Bird (88’), 14. Owen Davies (79’), 15. Chris Jones (69’), 16. Shane Brewer.