THE next big JD Welsh Cup adventure for Pencoed Athletic is a home tie in round two with Pontypridd Town on November 4, writes Tony Poole.
The Felindre Road boys will be hoping to ignite some post-Bonfire Night fireworks against the Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Division Two side.
This forms a decent reward for Mark Powell’s side after last Saturday downing Welsh League Division Three side Pontyclun, 8-7, during an Ivor Park penalty shootout.
Wins over Newcastle Emlyn, Llantwit Fardre and Pontyclun have set up a money-spinning tie for the Alliance Premier Division side.
While Pencoed would have loved to face Penybont, the feeling around Felindre Road is that Ponty will do nicely.
And if it should rain heavily in the approach to the tie – in order to slow down the Ponty runners – then no crocodile tears will be shed around Pencoed.
Penybont, 1-0 home winners over Undy Athletic last Saturday on the back of a 120thminute penalty, face another Division One club at home in Monmouth Town.
And on similar lines to Undy, the Kingfishers have also flown to the Kymco Stadium this season in the league – and lost.
On day one back in August, Penybont won the day 2-1 with goals from player-manager Rhys Griffiths and Josef Hopkins.
And the third local side through to round two, Llantwit Major, have been paired away to Ammanford.
Ironically, the Windmillers host the Rice Roaders in the league on Saturday – and this will act as a cup dress rehearsal.
Last Saturday, former Penybont star Rob Jones got two late goals for Llantwit Major in a thrilling 3-2 success over Division One club Taffs Well.