Leon Jacka was the hat-trick hero for his hometown club as the Ton Pentre attacker added three goals to Lewis Hitchcock’s opener to give the Bulldogs a fine 4-0 win over Garden Village at Ynys Park.
This victory saw Ton Pentre overcome a week of disappointment having lost in consecutive games against Cambrian & Clydach Vale and Taffs Well. It was also a much improved performance by a Bulldogs team that looked confident from kick off.
Garden Village are rooted to the bottom of the Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Division One table with just two points and so Ton Pentre were expected to pick up all three points on offer in front of their home crowd. However, the Swansea-based club played some decent football and at times looked dangerous but lacked confidence in attack.
The Bulldogs got their breakthrough in this match when Hitchcock attacked the 18-yard box. His shot went underneath the goalkeeper’s body and despite a defender’s desperate attempt to clear, the ball had already crossed the line making it 1-0 to Ton Pentre.
Leon Jacka made it 2-0 during the 35th minute of play when he neatly finished with a shot into the bottom right-hand corner of the goal leaving the goalkeeper helpless.
As the match progressed into the second half, Ton Pentre were looking comfortable and Jacka was hungry for more and so it came as no surprise when he scored his second and the Bulldogs third goal in the 58th minute.
With the Garden Village defence all attempting to close Jacka down, the Bulldogs hotshot sent a reversed shot back across the box and found the inside of the left post. The cheeky strike completely flat-footed the entire defence and the goalkeeper.
Less than a minute later, Garden Village conceded a penalty. There were no arguments as Jacka picked up the ball to place it on the spot. After sending the goalkeeper the wrong way, Jacka celebrated his hat-trick with the Bulldogs now in a commanding 4-0 lead.
Ton Pentre could and should have scored more goals with the best opportunity landing at the feet of Nickie Jones. After Tom Billing dribbled the ball into the box to go one-on-one with the goalkeeper, he squared a pass to Jones making a run into the box. He looked set to score but he scuffed his effort wide of the left post due to the difficult playing surface. The Bulldogs player was left staring in disbelief at the gaping goal.
The Bulldogs were pleased with their comfortable victory and know just how vital the result was against Garden Village following a difficult week.
Ton Pentre will face a tougher test in their next match when they go to Glenhafod Park Stadium to play Goytre United on Saturday, 12 March.