The first football action of 2017 sees Ton Pentre go to Monmouth Town on Saturday (7 January) for what is a crunch game in Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Division One.
The Bulldogs have not won a league match since their 2-1 victory over Goytre (Gwent) at Ynys Park at the start of October. With JD Welsh Cup distractions in between, it has seen Ton Pentre slump to 12th in the table, two places above the relegation zone.
Monmouth are currently 13th, a point behind the Bulldogs but the Kingfishers have played three games more. Therefore, Saturday’s match will be viewed as having a vital three points on offer.
The Kingfishers played a practice match in midweek against West Midlands Division One team Kington Town. Monmouth won 2-1 with goals from Craig Lewis and Sam Manful.
Speaking to the Clwb Pel Droed website, Monmouth manager Ross Kennedy said: “I always expect a tough game at this level, anyone can beat anyone in this league. The last time we met it was a tight game with us getting a very late equaliser, I expect Saturday to be no different.
“Since I took over, training has been at a good intensity and the lads have been applying themselves well and responded positively to the changes I’ve made, especially the extra fitness work. I haven’t looked to make any big changes just tried to install some confidence back in the players and a few tweaks in the way I want us to approach and play in games.
“I think our results have proved we’re doing the right things and our last result against Caerau Ely shows that. However, one good result doesn’t mean much and it’s consistency that we’re working towards.”
The Bulldogs meanwhile, will be without Adam Lewis and Andre Griffiths through suspension for this key encounter and manager Lee Phillips is waiting on the fitness of Gavin Morris.
The match kicks off at 2.00pm and there will be updates across the club’s Twitter and Facebook pages.