Ton Pentre 0-3 Carmarthen Town
Pre-season Friendly Match
Saturday, 10th August 2013
Carmarthen Town comfortably beat Ton Pentre at Ynys Park, with the Welsh Premier League outfit demonstrating the difference in class in comparison to the Welsh Football League. The Bulldogs however, were without the key defensive pairing of Adam Lewis and Ross Porter, with midfielders George Daly and Nickie Jones deputising.
As the first half progressed the Old Gold gradually took control of this pre-season friendly by keeping possession of the ball, forcing Ton Pentre to do a lot of running.
The first real chance of the match fell to Carmarthen in the 34th minute when the visitors thought that they had scored from a set-piece. As the ball was sent into the box, Cortez Belle met it but his effort was saved by Bulldogs goalkeeper Neil Collins on the line. Some Carmarthen players were convinced that the ball had in fact crossed the line but no confirmation was provided by the match officials.
A few moments later, the Bulldogs had a chance to break the deadlock through Jaymie Wearn. Some good build-up play by Andre Griffiths created the opportunity for Wearn but the striker saw the venom taken out of his shot when it deflected off a defender allowing Steve Cann to make the save.
With three minutes to go until half-time, Carmarthen had another shot blocked on the line. From the resulting corner kick Collins came off his line to punch the ball away, however, the goalkeeper missed the connection allowing a Carmarthen player to head the ball. Fortunately for the Bulldogs, the effort was sent over the bar.
Carmarthen Town did eventually take the lead in the 44th minute when following some good fortune the ball broke for Christian Doidge with a deflection off a teammate. The former Barry Town striker scored his eighth goal of the pre-season period by slotting the ball calmly into the back of the net.
Ten minutes after the half-time interval, Carmarthen could have scored a second but a superb sliding tackle by Thomas Davies denied an Old Gold attacker in the box.
Nobody was able to prevent Corey Thomas from scoring in the 65th minute however, when his strike from just inside the Ton Pentre penalty area beat Ryan Betteney, who had replaced Collins in the Bulldogs goal.
Carmarthen added a third goal in the 82nd minute when Liam Thomas hit what looked like a weak shot. Nevertheless, the ball found its way past Betteney to complete the scoring.
This was Ton Pentre’s final pre-season match and the team will now turn their attentions to their first match of the 2013/2014 Welsh Football League Division One season, in which the Bulldogs play Penybont on Friday, 16th August 2013 at 7.30pm.