It’s Round 1 of the JD Welsh Cup on Saturday (1 October) and Bulldogs fans will once again be hoping that the match against Abergavenny Town at Ynys Park will signal the start of a long run in the third oldest cup competition in the world.
Although league position would make Ton Pentre the favourites for Saturday’s cup tie, the Bulldogs performances and results in recent seasons would make them the underdogs against Abergavenny.
Over the past few seasons the Bulldogs have been on the end of some of the biggest Welsh Cup upsets in the history of the competition after being dumped out of the cup by some of the lowest ranked teams that have entered. STM Sports thumped Ton Pentre 4-0 last year in Round 1 and the season before saw the Bulldogs comfortably knocked out by Sully Sports.
However, the Bulldogs are currently enjoying some good form and will be going for their fourth straight win at Ynys Park against Abergavenny Town.
The visitors will certainly be up for the game and have some pedigree in cup competitions despite their short history. Last season they beat Sully Sports 1-0 in the final of the FAW Trophy at Dragon Park in Newport. They’re currently 12th in Welsh League Division Two with one win from three and come into this match on the back of a 3-2 defeat against Newport City.
Abergavenny have had to come through two qualifying rounds to reach Round 1, beating Chepstow Town 6-4 after extra-time and Aber Valley YMCA 4-3 after extra-time.
A spokesperson for Abergavenny told the football blog, Clwb Pêl-Droed, that: “We have most definitely worked hard and fought some tough on-pitch battles to get to the point we’re at.
“Both Chepstow Town and Aber Valley were great games as anyone in attendance would tell you. The two games went right down the wire, with Chepstow being beaten on penalties and Aber Valley being felled in extra time – so there was plenty of drama and excitement. It’s sometimes a term that’s overused in football but all of the boys did show incredible character and strength of spirit in those encounters. The result is Saturday’s game against Ton Pentre.”
The Bulldogs are determined to put the previous Welsh Cup disappointments behind them and will be looking to impress at Ynys Park. A Ton Pentre spokesperson said: “The club’s management team and squad of players are desperate to progress as far as they can in this season’s competition and all will be determined to overcome Abergavenny Town at Ynys Park.”
The game kicks off at 2.00pm and updates from the game will be provided across Facebook and Twitter.
You can listen to a JD Welsh Cup preview on FAW Radio below.