Ton Pentre kick off the 2016/17 Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Division One season at Ynys Park against Penybont on Saturday (13 August) at 2.30pm.
Bulldogs manager Lee Phillips, has spent the summer adding local young talent to the backbone of retained players from last season and the squad are raring to go but will be weary of their opening day opponents.
Penybont have appointed a new manager ahead of the 2016/17 season in Rhys Griffiths. As a player he was one of the most prolific goal scorers in Welsh Premier League history and it’s no surprise that he’s decided to try his hand as a manager.
He recently told the FA Wales website: “I’m really excited, I’m going into the unknown.
“It’s the first season I’ve ever gone into solely as manager. I’ve been coaching but this is a different kind of challenge for me. I’m really excited about it and I’m enjoying it more than I expected to. I knew I would enjoy it, but I’m really enjoying it. We’ve got a great set of lads and a really good football club. I’m really optimistic.”
Griffiths is good friends with Bulldogs boss Phillips, who will be without Ton Pentre captain Thomas Davies (3 match suspension) and the goalscoring ability of Liam Reed who is unavailable for the first two games of the season. However, the rest of the squad is fit and available for selection.
Division One is all set to be another tight competition this season and with Haverfordwest County and Port Talbot Town coming down from the Welsh Premier League and Undy Athletic, Cwmbran Celtic and Caldicot Town coming up from Division Two, it’s going to be a fierce and unforgiving test.
Both Ton Pentre and Penybont will view the open game as a vital one to win and it’s set to be an enthralling encounter that kicks off at 2.30pm.