Ton Pentre v Fairfield United
FAW Welsh Cup Round One
Saturday, 12th October 2013
Kick off: 2.00pm
Gwent County Senior League Division One outfit Fairfield United will visit the Rhondda on Saturday, 12th October in Round One of the FAW Welsh Cup. They have labelled the game against Ton Pentre as being the biggest in their history. Kick off at Ynys Park is at 2.00pm.
Fairfield United won their first ever FAW Welsh Cup game on 17th August when they beat Welsh League Division Three newcomers Lliswerry in the First Qualifying Round of the competition by three goals to two.
In Qualifying Round Two, Fairfield comfortably beat Cefn Forest 8-4 at their Ravine Ground home, which set up this dream Round One tie with the Bulldogs at Ynys Park.
Fairfield are currently 9th in the Gwent County League Division One table, which is three steps down the Welsh football pyramid from the Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Division One.
There has been a fair amount of buzz amongst their players and supporters across social media, who are certainly looking forward to their visit to Ynys Park.
Fairfield’s top goal scorer is their captain and centre back Niall Yates, whose previous clubs include Welsh League outfit Newport YMCA. The Bulldogs will need to be weary of his threat on set pieces when the two clubs meet.
Ton Pentre are currently struggling to find the back of the net on the evidence of recent performances and manager Dean Morris will be hopeful that Jaymie Wearn, who completed 24 minutes in the match against Caerau Ely after coming on as a substitute, will be closer to a full return.
Bulldogs captain and defender Adam Lewis is available for this FAW Welsh Cup encounter but will then sit out the next four matches through suspension. Meanwhile, Andre Griffiths is out through injury and the talented midfielder is expected to be sidelined for several weeks after limping off the pitch after just 11 minutes in Ton Pentre’s last match.
The FAW Welsh Cup always offers a welcome distraction from the League but the Bulldogs will have to be at their best, as Ton Pentre will not want to be the story of Round One should Fairfield United pull off a shock result.
The match promises to be an interesting encounter and should it be required, extra-time and penalties could be a possibility.