It’s heads we win!
NATHANIEL Cars Welsh League Division One leaders Penybont face a tricky assignment on Saturday against Cwmamman United at Grenig Park, writes Tony Poole.
When the clubs met a month ago at the same venue in the Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Cup, Bont gained a slender 2-1 win with Cullen Kinsella and Stephen Morris the goal scorers.
And for a second successive week, they’ll challenge a side buoyed by a victory over big guns Haverfordwest County.
Last Saturday Bont defeated Cwmbran Celtic, 3-1, a week after Lee Challenger’s side beat Haverfordwest by an identical score.
And this Saturday, Cwmamman will be on a high after beating the low-flying Bluebirds, 3-2, at Conygar Bridge Meadow.
With Haverfordwest losing for a third time in 10 starts, it strengthened the Bridgend super club’s position at the top.
However, improving Afan Lido have now gone second, albeit two points behind Penybont from three more games played.
Against Celtic last weekend, Bont boss Rhys Griffiths headed home a Kane Owen cross to give them a 23rd-minute lead.
Soon after Curtis Hutson made it 2-0 with a delicious effort, but in separate incidents both sides went down to 10 men.
Rhys Williams of Cwmbran went first on 40 minutes after a challenge on Luke Borrelli, but Kane Owen missed the penalty.
Two minutes later Bont defender Olly Dalton saw red, and a tasty Chris Ham free kick cut the deficit to 2-1 at the break.
But it was game over in the 55 th minute once Luke Borrelli converted an Owen cross to set up the 3-1 outcome.
Meanwhile, in two fixture-list changes, Bont will now travel to Barry Town on December 7 in the J D Welsh Cup (7.45pm) while the league game against Pontypridd Town will be staged at the Leckwith Stadium on December 19 (7pm).
On Friday, former Yorkshire and England cricketer Matthew Hoggard is guest speaker at the Penybont Christmas luncheon.
Finally, the delayed Nathaniel Cars League Cup quarter-final draw – that involves Penybont – won’t now be made until the next Welsh League management meeting next month.