Ton Pentre came from behind in this match with a resonating second half performance that steered the Bulldogs to victory with goals from Jaymie Wearn and Shane Davies.
The Bulldogs did however, suffer a blow when goalkeeper Neil Collins was sent off in the 76th minute after his retaliation to a dangerous challenge on him from a Taffs Well player, who also saw red.
It was a strong start from the Wellmen who found themselves 1-0 up with just 10 minutes on the clock when a run down the left saw the attacker cut inside Adam Lewis to square a pass to Laurent Mondo, who side footed the ball into the goal.
The same thing nearly happened again eight minutes later when a similar move saw Mondo go one-on-one with Neil Collins. Taffs Well looked certain to score a second goal but Collins executed a brilliant save to deny the striker and to keep the Bulldogs in the game.
Despite being a goal down at half-time, this was a much improved performance in contrast to the one against Aberdare Town the previous week, however, the Bulldogs still appeared to lack the gumption to find an equaliser during the first half.
Whatever Bulldogs manager Lee Phillips told his players during the interval certainly worked, as Ton Pentre returned to the pitch with character and passion in the second half.
They were deserving of their equaliser when it came during the 64th minute from a Leon Jacka corner. Jacka’s in-swinging ball was dangerous and the Taffs Well defence failed to deal with it, allowing Jaymie Wearn to make it 1-1 from six yards out.
The goal really invigorated the Bulldogs, who were looking more confident as each minute ticked by. Both the players and the home crowd could sense that another goal was on the way and it came in the 72nd minute.
Midfielder Shane Davies attached himself to a loose ball out on the left and proceeded to take on several players and trick his way into the penalty area. His chances of scoring seemed impossible due to the tight angle that he had to shoot from but he fired it powerfully across Taffs Well goalkeeper Steve Hall and inside the far post. It was now 2-0 to the Bulldogs.
Four minutes later a through ball was released for Mondo but it was over hit. As Collins comfortably went to ground to collect the ball, Mondo dangerously lunged at him with an outstretched leg catching the Ton Pentre goalkeeper in his midriff. Understandably, Collins reacted angrily and in his retaliation pushed Mondo. A mass confrontation then occurred with one Taffs Well player throwing punches that went unpunished by the officials with Mondo and Collins being the only players to see red.
Despite both teams being down to 10 men, it was Ton Pentre who had the biggest disadvantage as defender Thomas Davies took over goalkeeping duties for the remainder of the match.
The Bulldogs aimed for the corners to run the clock down, however, Taffs Well applied some considerable pressure but the Ton Pentre defence and some plucky goalkeeping from Thomas Davies, saw the Bulldogs hold on for an incredibly valuable three points.
Ton Pentre’s next match is on Saturday, 7 March against Monmouth Town at Ynys Park. The match kicks off at 2:30pm.
Ton Pentre Starting XI
1. Neil Collins, 2. Adam Lewis, 3. Tom Mouncher, 4. Ryan Morgan, 5. Thomas Davies, 6. Mark Crutch, 7. Leon Young, 8. Leon Jacka, 9. Jaymie Wearn, 10. Shane Davies, 11. Lewis Hitchcock
Ton Pentre Substitutes
12. Andre Griffiths, 14. Adam Raymond, 15. James Dury, 16. Connor Berry, 17. Andrew Hughes
Wearn 64’, S.Davies 72’
Lewis 38’, Jacka 51’, Young 67’, Mouncher 90+2’