Aberdare Town shocked the Bulldogs at Ynys Park with a 4-1 hammering that lifted themselves out of the Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Division One relegation zone, leaving Ton Pentre just above the bottom three on goal difference.
It was an all round bad performance for Ton Pentre who came up against an Aberdare Town team that were highly motivated for the Rhondda Cynon Taff derby match. The Bulldogs are now without a win in three league matches.
Ton Pentre have played less games than any other team in Division One and have five in hand over Garden Village, the team directly below the Bulldogs in the league table.
It was a disastrous start for Ton Pentre in this match when after just 4 minutes the Bulldogs defence failed to deal with Aberdare’s pressure that resulted in the ball hitting the back of the net.
Jaymie Wearn nearly equalised during the 11th minute of play when he headed Leon Jacka’s cross towards goal. It was a good effort but Ellis Nash produced a fine save to deny the striker.
Moments after Neil Collins was forced into pulling off a fine save, he was beaten for a second time when Aberdare were allowed clear into the box and shot across Collins to nestle the ball inside the far post.
The Bulldogs got themselves back into the match before half-time when Wearn received the ball on the edge of the penalty area and chipped his shot over Nash and into goal for 2-1. It was a lovely finish.
At the start of the second half, Ton Pentre looked to apply pressure on the Aberdare defence and they nearly levelled matters when Jacka unleashed a powerful effort from outside the box. The shot looked goal bound until Nash diverted it on to the post and behind for a fruitless corner kick.
Ton Pentre’s hopes of getting back into the match were completely dashed in the space of two minutes when against the run of play Aberdare made it 3-1 in the 58th minute before ripping the Bulldogs apart to score their fourth on the hour mark.
The Bulldogs seemed void of any fightback and whimpered their way to the end of the match, avoiding additional humiliation due to saves of Collins during the final five minutes of play.
While the Aberdare players were elated at the final whistle, the mood of the Bulldogs players was in complete contrast.
Ton Pentre will be eager for their next match in order to bounce back from this disappointing defeat, however, it will not be easy to do so as they come up against Taffs Well at Ynys Park on Friday, 27 February at 7:30pm.
Ton Pentre’s position in the League is concerning and must make their games in hand count in order to pull away from the bottom.
Ton Pentre Starting XI
1.Neil Collins, 2. Adam Lewis, 3. Leon Young, 4. Tom Mouncher, 5. Thomas Davies, 6. Mark Crutch, 7. Andre Griffiths, 8. Leon Jacka, 9. Jaymie Wearn, 10. Shane Davies, 11. Connor Berry.
Ton Pentre Substitutes
12. Ryan Jenkins (for Griffiths 66’), 14. Adam Raymond, 15. James Dury, 16. Andrew Hughes (for Berry 66’)