JD WELSH CUP
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.