Bridgend Town 1-1 Ton Pentre
MacWhirter Welsh League Division One
Wednesday, 27th March 2013
Ton Pentre were left frustrated at the Brewery Field as Bridgend Town scored an equalising goal in the 88th minute despite the Bulldogs dominating the majority of the match.
The Brewery Field was like a snow globe but despite this MacWhirter Welsh League Division One match being played in freezing temperatures, Ton Pentre warmed precedings up when they thought they’d taken the lead in the 22nd minute after controlling the opening exchanges.
When Richard Ingram fired a shot at goal from 25-yards, he watched the ball hit the underside of the crossbar before coming back out into the six-yard box. Jaymie Wearn headed the ball into the back of the net and began to celebrate thinking he’d bagged the opener, however, the Bulldogs striker had been belatedly flagged offside and the goal was ruled out.
There was a moment of panic for Ton Pentre in the 28th minute when a useful cross into the box from Bridgend’s right wing caused confusion amongst the Bulldogs defenders. That was until Thomas Davies cleared the ball to safety off the line.
Moments later the Bulldogs returned to attack with Josh Powell up the left passing inside to Wearn, who fired at goal forcing Bridgend goalkeeper Richard Morgan to push the ball away for a corner.
When the corner was swung into the box, the ball made its way to Richard Ingram on the edge of the area, from where the Bulldogs midfielder shot through the crowded box and just wide of the left post. Ton Pentre were coming closer and closer to scoring.
Ton Pentre got the breakthrough in the 35th minute when Ingram provided Wearn with the ball via a lovely pass up the pitch. Wearn then proceeded to wriggle around the defender who was marking him before chipping the ball over Morgan and into the Bridgend goal for 0-1.
The Bulldogs finished the half with wave after wave of attacking football and at various points appeared to be queuing up to score but somehow Bridgend were able to deny the onslaught.
For the first 15 minutes of the second half, the home team were able to apply some pressure on Ton Pentre but after they hit the bar with a long range effort in the 48th minute, the Bulldogs defence more than matched everything that Bridgend had to offer.
That was until a momentary lapse in the 88th minute that Bridgend Town took full advantage of.
When Ton Pentre lost possession out towards the left of midfield, Bridgend set about moving the ball quickly up their right. The ball was then crossed into the penalty area where striker Roberts found space allowing him to easily head the ball past Bulldogs goalkeeper Jonathan Howe.
Having dominated the majority of this match, the Ton Pentre players appeared to allow complacency to set in and their disappointment was evident in the dejected looks upon their faces when the equaliser found its way to the back of the net knowing that they deserved all three points.
Nevertheless, this was a good display from Ton Pentre which will hopefully breed confidence ahead of their next match, the Rhondda derby with AFC Porth at Ynys Park on Wednesday, 3rd April 2013 at 7.30pm.
Ton Pentre: 1. Jonathan Howe, 2. Adam Lewis (Captain), 3. Lewis Hydes, 4. Ross Porter, 5. Thomas Davies, 6. Lloyd Toghill (63’), 7. Shane Brewer, 8. Richard Ingram (84’), 9. Jaymie Wearn, 10. Joe Leahy (75’), 11. Josh Powell. Subs: 12. Owen Davies (63’), 14. John Edwards (75’), 17. Richard Noyes (84’).