Ton Pentre bounced back from their humiliating defeat against Caerau Ely the week previous, with a dominating 4-1 win over Pontardawe Town at Ynys Park. Bulldogs striker Jaymie Wearn achieved an excellent hat-trick as Ton Pentre got back to their winning ways.
It was nearly a disastrous start for Ton Pentre however, when after 10 minutes Arwel Rees broke free for Pontardawe Town and looked set to give the west Wales outfit the lead but he sent his shot wide of Neil Collins’ left-hand post.
Ton Pentre’s response to this scare came four minutes later when Jaymie Wearn ran the ball up a left-hand channel, and after cutting inside, the striker sent a simple pass into the path of Lewis Hydes. With a powerful shot, Hydes gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead as he beat Steve Reeve in the Pontardawe goals.
A few moments later Hydes set-up Shane Davies for a shot on the edge of the box and the midfielder looked likely to score but Reeve managed to palm the ball around his right-hand post.
The Bulldogs were dealt a blow in 38th minute when defender Ross Porter awkwardly twisted his knee and collapsed to the ground. Ton Pentre were already looking a little thin in defence due to injuries and absentees and it was impossible for Porter to carry on. He was replaced by striker Dan Richards with Ryan Shugar dropping back from midfield into defence. The experienced campaigner did well in role.
When the first half ticked over into added on time, Adam Raymond played the ball up to Richards in attack. After holding the ball up and resisting the challenges of the Pontardawe defence, Richards provided Wearn with possession who proceeded to beautifully strike the ball into the top left-hand corner of the goal making it 2-0 to the Bulldogs.
Early in the second half, Richards was involved again as he unselfishly laid the ball off for Wearn to score his second and Ton Pentre’s third goal of the game. It was splendid linkup up play as the strikers worked in tandem.
After conceding the third goal, Pontardawe refused to give up and started producing some useful chances to score. On 61 minutes they hit the post and forced Neil Collins into making a good save with the follow up shot.
Shortly after Shane Davies was fouled in midfield after playing the ball out wide to Hydes on the left wing. The Referee played some excellent advantage allowing Hydes to attack the box. Just before entering the box a Pontardawe defender had a failed attempt to hack him down before he was eventually completely bundled over in the area by another defender, who made no connection with the ball whatsoever. Hydes was left amazed as he sat on the ground with no penalty award from the Referee after the Pontardawe defender had robbed him of a chance to score his second of the game.
In the 71st minute of play the Pontardawe defence was being tormented by Richards once again as he breached their last line of defence. The striker demonstrated his awareness as he passed the ball into Wearn’s run for him to complete his hat-trick. It was now 4-0 to the Bulldogs.
Five minutes later Pontardawe were awarded a penalty following an untidy challenge in the Ton Pentre box. Arwel Rees took the spot kick and sent Collins the wrong way as he hit the ball high into the right side of the goal.
Moments later, Ton Pentre thought they’d scored a fifth goal when with three defenders around him, Wearn brought the ball down and managed to fit in a shot on target. The effort went under the goalkeeper but Reeve comically saved the strike by sitting on top of the ball.
Following the match, midfielder Adam Raymond told RadioTon: “Last week was a disaster, all the boys hurt… and it was all about character and bouncing back and Jaymie took his goals really well.”
Jaymie Wearn added: “It was good to get the three goals but more importantly the win was the main thing after last week’s performance. We’ve got to kick on from that and go next week for the [FAW Welsh] Cup game against Monmouth, which will be a tough game.”
Ton Pentre take a break from Welsh League action next week as they play Monmouth Town in Round One of the FAW Welsh Cup. The game on Saturday, 4 October takes place at Pen-Y-Pound Stadium in Abergavenny with a 2:00pm kick off.
Ton Pentre Starting XI
1. Neil Collins, 2. Leon Young (Captain), 3. Lewis Hydes, 4. Mark Crutch, 5. Ross Porter, 6. Ryan Shugar, 7. Adam Raymond, 8. Andre Griffiths, 9. Jaymie Wearn, 10. Shane Davies, 11. James Gronow.
Ton Pentre Substitutes
12. Dan Richards (on for Porter 41′), 14. Alyn Jones (on for Griffiths 72′), 15. Ryan Jenkins
Hydes 14’; Wearn 45+1’, 54’, 71’
Griffiths 57’; S.Davies 80’, Wearn 90’