Ton Pentre’s troubles deepened following a 3-1 home defeat to Goytre (Gwent) as the Bulldogs remain without a win in six attempts in Welsh League Division One.
As a result, Ton Pentre are now second from bottom in the table with three points from six matches.
This defeat will have hurt the playing and management staff with the manner in which Goytre scored their goals. All three were headed into the net and two of them came from throw-ins where the Bulldogs failed to do the basics to stop the thrower from receiving the ball back before crossing into the box.
On the 15 minute mark, some lovely build-up play nearly resulted in Corey Shephard getting on the scoresheet but the midfielder watched his useful effort go wide of the left post.
As the play reached the other end of the field, Goytre won a throw-in and after the thrower received the ball back, he crossed into the box for Luke Prosser to head the visitors into a 1-0 lead.
Ton Pentre levelled matters four minutes later and the goal was nothing more than they deserved. As Sam Small and Leon Jacka combined, the latter sweetly struck the ball past the Goytre goalkeeper to make it 1-1.
The stalemate remained until half-time, however, Goytre should have scored again but on two separate occasions Ryan Griffiths pulled off some fine saves to keep it level for the Bulldogs.
It was a disappointing display from the Bulldogs in the second half and Goytre took the lead in the 51st minute when they were allowed to run through the defence to gain advantage. Prosser was on the end of another cross to make it 2-1.
Ton Pentre were handed a lifeline moments later as Goytre were reduced to 10 men when one of their players received a second yellow card and was sent off.
For the next 30 minutes Ton Pentre failed to register a decent shot on goal with Goytre looking more than comfortable despite being a man light.
After Nathan Facey went fully committed into a challenge, he too received his marching orders from the match referee and will now sit out the next three matches through suspension.
From the resulting free kick, Goytre secured all three points when Lewis Sommers headed freely past Griffiths to make it 3-1.
DOWN THE WELL NEXT
Ton Pentre need to turn their fortunes around quickly but they face a tough away test in the form of Taffs Well on Saturday, 30 September. Kick off is at 2:30pm.