Ton Pentre welcome Dafabet Welsh Premier League outfit Port Talbot Town to Ynys Park on Tuesday night (29 September) in theWord Cup Round 2.
The Steelmen have made an excellent start to the Welsh Premier League season having already beaten Bangor City and Aberystwyth Town. However, Port Talbot Town were beaten 4-1 by MBi Llandudno last Saturday at home. Had they won the game, the Steelmen would have gone top of the league.
This will be an incredibly tough test for the Bulldogs as the Port Talbot team is full of quality with the likes Paul Fowler, Cortez Belle and Martin Rose all being experienced Welsh Premier campaigners. Their team also includes Jonathan Hood, a midfielder who spent some time at Ynys Park in the Bulldogs Youth team many seasons ago.
Prior to the Welsh Premier League transfer deadline at the end of August, Port Talbot also added Kaid Mohammed to their ranks, a midfielder who has turned out for Northampton Town, Bristol Rovers, AFC Wimbledon and Port Vale in recent seasons.
So, it will be a tough test for Ton Pentre but Bulldogs manager Lee Phillips, who himself was an experienced Welsh Premier League player winning several major honours, will be fully aware of the threat that Port Talbot will pose. His Bulldogs team is full of character and in front of a partisan Ynys Park crowd, he will hope to see his team cause a cup upset.
theWord Cup is a Football Association of Wales competition that was previously known as the Welsh Premier League Cup. From 2012 onwards the format of the competition was changed to include teams from Welsh League Division One and the Huws Gray Alliance League, depending on their final league position. The competition also includes Wildcard entries via an application process.
The Bulldogs were finalists in the old format of the competition in 1994/95 against Llansantffraid at Newtown’s Latham Park. The Bulldogs led 1-0 at half-time in the Final, before Llansantffraid fought back to win 2-1. Llansantffraid’s triumph over Ton Pentre is recognised as laying the foundation to the many successes that the Saints have achieved since. They are, of course, now known as The New Saints.
The encounter between Ton Pentre and Port Talbot Town at Ynys Park is sure to be an entertaining affair, with the Bulldogs hopeful of this theWord Cup fixture attracting a decent crowd. The match kicks off at 7.30pm.