Despite suffering a 3-0 defeat in Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Division One at Goytre (Gwent), Ton Pentre’s can still shape their own destiny in their remaining two matches of the season against Briton Ferry Llansawel.
Ton Pentre fell behind after just four minutes of this match when James Campbell was allowed through on goal far too easily to slot the ball into the net.
This was a huge set-back for the Bulldogs but for the remainder of the first half they looked determined to find a way back into the game.
Liam Hutchinson thought he’d equalised when his 16th minute free kick was superbly struck but the ball hit the underneath of the crossbar and failed to cross the goal line.
Although enjoying much of the ball and applying pressure on Goytre, the home team were able to break free in the 22nd but were denied a likely goal when Tom Davies made a last ditch tackle in the Ton Pentre box to prevent the Bulldogs from falling further behind.
Despite an excellent display, the Bulldogs were behind at half-time and it got worse for Lee Phillips’ team just shy of the hour mark when Sam O’Sullivan capitalised after Goytre applied pressure on the Ton Pentre defence to make it 2-0.
Several minutes later Goytre looked set to add a third but Jarrad Howells pulled off an excellent double-save at pointblank range to deny the home team.
Ton Pentre were desperate for a goal and a 67th minute Leon Jacka cross found an unchallenged Scott Hayward header in the box, but the Bulldogs defender sent his effort wide of the post.
Two minutes later Ton Pentre were awarded a free kick several yards inside their own half of the field. With the Goytre goalkeeper stood off his line, Hutchinson took an audacious shot. It was goal-bound but before it nestled in the net, the keeper tipped the ball over the crossbar.
Defeat appeared to be inevitable for the Bulldogs and matters were compounded in the second minute of added time when a Lewis Sommers flick on allowed Josh Brown to lob the ball over Howells for 3-0.
Ton Pentre’s remaining two games of the season are both against Briton Ferry Llansawel. On Saturday, 7 May the Bulldogs play them at Ynys Park with a 2.30pm kick off and the away match is on Tuesday, 10 May at 7.30pm.