JD WELSH CUP

Glamorgan Gazette - - Sport -

PEN­COED ATH­LETIC ... 2 LLANTWIT FARDRE .... 0

MAK­ING cup progress and keep­ing a clean sheet were the pos­i­tives to come out of this run of the mill Pen­coed Ath­letic cup vic­tory over Llantwit Fardre, writes Tony Poole.

Pen­coed were with­out in­flu­en­tial de­fender and cap­tain Evan Price, Sam Brown, Jor­dan Bur­rows and Rhys Thomas.

De­clan Howe came into the team, as did 16-yearold de­fender Efan Tre­harne, and early on the Felin­dre Road boys made the right kind of omens.

The near­est they came to open­ing their ac­count was through their jewel in the crown Mark Brim­ble with the nim­ble one see­ing a goal-bound ef­fort blocked.

Llantwit Fardre pieced to­gether the odd raid, but they fell be­hind on the half-hour mark.

Richie Lewis de­cided to have a pop through a crowded box, and came up trumps with a lead goal that was a third of the sea­son.

Into the sec­ond half and Keegan Alexan­der missed a great chance and even­tu­ally man­ager Mark Pow­ell changed Marc Turner for Nathan Bryn, who was soon foiled by the goal­keeper.

But it wasn’t long be­fore he made amends, play­ing an early ball into jack in the box Jack Hop­kins who mim­icked Jack Delve with a cool as a cu­cum­ber fin­ish.

Though Llantwit Fardre, who have lost all four matches in Di­vi­sion One this term, closed well their race had been run.

This Satur­day, Pen­coed Ath­letic pick up du­ties again in Highad­mit South Wales Al­liance Premier Di­vi­sion, host­ing last sea­son’s Di­vi­sion One cham­pi­ons Cardiff Dra­co­ni­ans.

It’s an im­por­tant clash for the Felin­dre Road boys af­ter los­ing their last league en­counter, 5-2, against vis­i­tors Baglan Dragons.

Pen­coed cur­rently hold sev­enth place in the ta­ble, and are two points be­hind the men from the cap­i­tal with a game in hand.

Then on Septem­ber 23, they are away to Pem­brokeshire gi­ants Hakin United in the sec­ond round of the FAW Tro­phy.

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