This was a committed and passionate performance from Ton Pentre, as goals from Leon Young and Jaymie Wearn secured all three points in a 2-0 win at Aberdare Town.
Coming into this match, neither team had won in three Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Division One matches. It was therefore, of paramount importance to both that they won this match.
The Bulldogs were boosted by the return of Thomas Davies to their defence, which allowed Leon Young to play in his favoured attacking midfield position.
The Bulldogs limited their opponents to very few goal scoring chances and although Ton Pentre always looked the more dangerous going forward, they struggled to force efforts on target.
However, this all changed in the second half and Ton Pentre wanted to make sure that they did not rue having the upper-hand in this match by taking a 48th minute lead.
Andre Griffiths started the move that resulted in a Ton Pentre goal when he sent a long grounded pass from outside the Bulldogs box up to Chris Jones (who has re-joined the Club from Treowen Stars) just inside the Aberdare half of the pitch.
Jones applied a wonderful flick to put Leon Young in behind the defence with an incredible run. Young maintained composure to strike the ball into the net whilst holding off two defenders in the process. It was a magnificently worked move.
The Bulldogs could have scored another just minutes later when Jones was involved once again by playing a lovely ball over the top of the defence for Jaymie Wearn to run on to. Wearn was stopped from running directly at goal by two defenders, however, he maintained possession and was able to cross for Ryan Jenkins, who had run clear of his markers at the far post. Unfortunately for Jenkins, the cross was too high for him to make a connection.
An injury to Griffiths in the 66th minute forced his substitution moments later with youth team product Connor Berry coming on the replace him.
Berry was soon in the action when he followed up from Wearn’s strike that was blocked in the box. Berry looked as though he’d scored with his effort but his shot was somehow stopped on the line and the ball trickled around the post for a corner kick.
From the corner however, the Bulldogs did find their second. Adam Raymond sent a wonderful ball to the back post where Young headed it down to Wearn, who struck the back of the net to make it 2-0.
Ton Pentre nearly increased their lead further in added time when Wearn created an opportunity for Jones to strike. His effort was powerful but the Aberdare Town goalkeeper was able to get his body behind the ball to take the force away and deny the Bulldogs striker.
With the way in which the Division One table is shaping up, this was probably a must win game for Ton Pentre and the team will be happy that this was mission accomplished in an impressive display.
Ton Pentre return to Ynys Park on Saturday, 6 December when they welcome Afan Lido for a 2:00pm kick off.
Ton Pentre Starting XI
1. Neil Collins, 2. Adam Lewis, 3. Nathan Phillips, 4. Ryan Morgan, 5. Thomas Davies, 6. Leon Young, 7. Adam Raymond, 8. Andre Griffiths, 9. Chris Jones, 10. Ryan Jenkins, 11. Jaymie Wearn.
Ton Pentre Substitutes
12. Connor Berry (for Griffiths 69′), 14. Alyn Jones (for Phillips 73′), 15. Andrew Hughes
Young 48’, Wearn 81’