Ton Pentre 1-1 Haverfordwest County
MacWhirter Welsh League Division One
Saturday, 20th April 2013
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Ton Pentre dented Haverfordwest County’s hopes of promotion at Ynys Park as the Bulldogs came from behind to take a point from a match in which the home team could and probably should have won.
The Bluebirds have had aspirations of promotion ever since they were relegated from the Welsh Premier League in 2011 and until a few weeks ago Haverfordwest were confident that this season may see their return. However, the west Wales outfit have now only won once in six matches and they are four points off second position, which is where they need to finish to guarantee promotion.
Ton Pentre clearly had the best chances in what was a very entertaining Welsh League Division One match at Ynys Park and when Jonathan Howe kicked the ball upfield the Bulldogs goalkeeper found John Edwards. The striker gathered possession and ran through on goal whilst somehow managing to hold off the burly presence of the Haverfordwest defenders. With goalkeeper Peter Blain also rushing from his line, Edwards needed to strike quickly and he poked the ball towards goal and it appeared as though he was about to give Ton Pentre the lead but his effort went just wide of the post.
Later in the first-half, another entertaining movement of play saw Bulldogs defender Ross Porter bring the ball forward from his own half and to the edge of the Haverfordwest box. He was allowed far too much space and time. which Porter used to his advantage. He glanced at the target and sent a curling strike towards goal that had Blain beaten. Fortunately for the visiting goalkeeper, Porter’s shot hit the right post denying the defender what would not only have been his first goal of the campaign but most certainly Ton Pentre’s goal of the season.
Haverfordwest’s best chance of the first-half came as a result of a free-kick just before half-time. Adam Raymond hit a useful looking effort that was only denied by a brilliant diving save from Howe.
Inside the first ten minutes of the second-half Haverfordwest delivered a blow to Ton Pentre when a simple ball from defender Lee Bevan was sent to Ritchie Lewis out on the left wing. The midfielder found his way into the box before applying a decisive low and powerful shot into the net for 0-1.
The Bulldogs should have replied immediately with a goal for themselves when Jaymie Wearn found himself one-on-one with Blain. His shot however, was denied by the Haverfordwest keeper when his outstretched leg diverted the ball away from danger.
Ton Pentre were to level the match but had to wait until the 77th minute when a long throw-in from Lloyd Toghill saw the ball reach Wearn at the far-post where he was left unmarked. The Bulldogs striker made amends for his previous miss by ensuring that the ball beat Blain to make it 1-1.
Ton Pentre finished the game strongly but were unable to muster a winning goal, nevertheless, Bulldogs manager Dean Morris didn’t appear to be too despondent on securing a point.
The Bulldogs are home again on Saturday, 27th April when they welcome Cwmbran Celtic to Ynys Park. The match kicks off at 2.30pm.
Ton Pentre: 1. Jonathan Howe, 2. Richard Ingram (77’), 3. Lewis Hydes, 4. Thomas Davies, 5. Ross Porter, 6. Lloyd Toghill, 7. Adam Lewis (Captain), 8. Joe Leahy (90+1), 9. Shane Brewer, 10. Jaymie Wearn, 11. John Edwards (86’). Subs: 12. Richard Noyes (77’), 14. Josh Evans (86’), 15. Dean Morris, 16. Dan Marinos (90+1’).
MacWhirter Welsh League Division One Table