It has been a weekend of mixed fortunes for the Bulldogs this weekend with the seniors, reserves and youth all in pre-season action.
TON PENTRE 4-1 LLANTWIT FARDRE
Ton Pentre’s first team came from behind to defeat South Wales Alliance League Premier Division club Llantwit Fardre at Ynys Park after the visitors took a 28th minute lead through a well worked goal.
The Bulldogs made it 2-1 before half-time though when they were awarded a penalty after Lewis Hitchcock was brought down by the Fardre goalkeeper. Liam Hutchinson took the spot kick but after seeing his initial effort saved he found the back of the net with his follow-up on the rebound.
Corey Shephard gave Ton Pentre the lead through another penalty kick following a foul on Liam Reed in the box. The young midfielder confidently struck the ball past the Llantwit Fardre goalkeeper.
Reed and Rob Blatchford combined for the third goal as their neat play set-up a chance for Hitchcock who scored with a clean strike.
Reed deserved a goal and the Bulldogs striker finished with aplomb after receiving the ball from a lovely Shephard pass through the defence.
Ton Pentre play their final pre-season friendly on Wednesday, 10 August against Pontypridd Town at Ynysangharad Park. The match will be a very tough test and kicks off at 7.15pm.
TREBANOG 3-3 TON PENTRE RESERVES
Trebanog, who are newly promoted to South Wales Alliance League Division 2, provided the Bulldogs reserve team with a tough test as manager Ross Griffiths prepares his team for its inaugural season in the Welsh League Reserve Central Division.
The teams played out a 3-3 draw and Ton Pentre Reserves will now look forward to a visit to AFC Llwydcoed Reserves on Tuesday (9 August).
TON PENTRE YOUTH 3-4 CWM RHONDDA
Ton Pentre Youth began their preparations for the new Welsh League Youth Division East season with a match at Ynys Park against Rhondda League outfit Cwm Rhondda.
This was a well contested local derby and the Bulldogs Youth took first blood when Brandon Coombes found his way to the back of the net.
Ton Pentre were looking comfortable until the 37th minute when former Bulldogs youth hotshot Connor Ray equalised for his team and three minutes later Cwm Rhondda found themselves in the lead.
Ton Pentre were creating plenty of chances and it seemed inevitable that they would level and they did just that in the 56th minute through Tom Hughes.
By the 80th minute Cwm Rhondda had gained a 4-2 lead and the Bulldogs were guilty of wasting several excellent opportunities to score but they were to find the back of the net once more as Corey Shephard was set-up by Kurt Hodges to make it 4-3 in added time.