Ton Pentre 1-1 Cambrian & Clydach Vale
The Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Division One
Saturday, 2nd November 2013
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This was a tight Rhondda Derby match that was played in difficult wet and windy conditions at Ynys Park, where Ton Pentre were left disappointed after failing to capitalise on second-half chances to win this Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Division One match.
Over the previous 10 Rhondda Derby meetings between Ton Pentre and Cambrian & Clydach Vale, it’s the Bulldogs who come out marginally on top having won 3, drawn 5 and lost 2 with 11 goals for and 11 goals against.
There was very little goalmouth action in the first half of this latest match with the battle between the Bulldogs and Cambrian & Clydach Vale taking place in midfield. That was however, until the 26th minute.
Ton Pentre conceded a free kick about 25-yards out from the Bulldogs goal. As the ball was sent forward into the box, Huw Bowtell managed to get enough on it to put it past Neil Collins giving Cambrian the upper hand.
The Bulldogs responded well and following a series of corners that put Cambrian under some considerable pressure, the ball was handled in the box and the referee immediately pointed to the penalty spot.
Jaymie Wearn stepped up to score his sixth goal of the season by sending goalkeeper Luke Evans the wrong way with a confident strike to the left in the 37th minute.
At half time neither team deserved to be ahead and the 1-1 score line was reflective of the play.
In the second half, Ton Pentre looked to be the team most likely make a breakthrough as the Bulldogs played some great football into a strong wind.
Wearn had a super chance to grab his second goal of the match in the 52nd minute when he saw his powerful effort saved well by Evans before his follow-up shot was blocked by a Cambrian defender. Moments later Lewis Hydes ran with the ball on the left before creating another opportunity for Wearn, however, the Bulldogs striker was unable to keep his shot on target.
With 73 minutes of the match having been played, Ton Pentre were on the attack again with Wearn, who looked to cross the ball into the box. As he did so, the ball was stopped by an outstretched arm of a defender. There were loud appeals from the Bulldogs players but the Referee did not give the home team a penalty.
The Bulldogs could have won the game in the 82nd minute when Hydes latched on to an Adam Raymond free kick deep inside the Cambrian box. Hydes directed a shot towards goal but it was off target and skimmed excruciatingly wide of the left post.
At the full time whistle, Ton Pentre were left slightly disappointed that they failed to capitalise on the second half chances that they had created, nevertheless, Cambrian & Clydach Vale are one of the division’s best teams and a point will be welcomed by the Bulldogs management.
Ton Pentre will now turn their attentions towards Round Two of the FAW Welsh Cup. The Bulldogs welcome Sully Sports to Ynys Park, who are the lowest ranked team left in the competition. Kick off on Saturday, 9th November is at 2.00pm.
Ton Pentre AFC: 1. Neil Collins 2. Craig Rees 3. Ross Porter 4. Leon Young 5. Thomas Davies 6. Lloyd Toghill (Captain) 7. Craig Reddy (12. George Daly 72’) 8. Adam Raymond 9. Jaymie Wearn 10. Rameer Outlaw (15. Ross Fowler 62’) 11. Lewis Hydes. Subs not used: 14. Josh Powell 16. Andre Griffiths 17. Richard Ingram.
Goal: Wearn 37’ (Pen)