Peny­bont hope his­tory will re­peat it­self in Cup

Glamorgan Gazette - - Sport -

PENY­BONT will be hop­ing JD Welsh Cup his­tory is re­peated on Fri­day night in the third round when they chal­lenge Barry Town United at Jen­ner Park (7.45pm), writes Tony Poole.

Two years ago, Bont dumped Barry out of the cup, tri­umph­ing 3-0 dur­ing the cam­paign that saw the Seasiders crowned Welsh League cham­pi­ons – and with it an as­so­ci­ated re­turn to the Welsh Premiership.

Since then, Gavin Ch­ester­field has re­turned to the Jen­ner Park helm and they have con­sol­i­dated in the top flight while the Brid­gend su­per club are push­ing hard to fol­low them into the top tier.

The last time the sides met in the cup back on Novem­ber 5, 2016, it was goal­less at the break; all the sec­ond-half fire­works came from Bont.

Free-scor­ing Mar­cus Grif­fiths net­ted twice and Cullen Kin­sella was also on tar­get, and Bont went on to beat Air­bus (UK), 4-1, in the next round be­fore bow­ing out, 4-1 af­ter ex­tra-time, away to Bala Town.

That’s all in the past but this Fri­day, eight mem­bers of the Bont match­day squad that beat Barry two years ago could again fig­ure – cap­tain and goal­keeper Rhys Wil­son, Kane Owen, Kieran Howard, man­ager Rhys Grif­fiths, Cullen Kin­sella, Mar­cus Grif­fiths, Billy Borge and Adam Car­pen­ter.

But last Satur­day, Afan Lido knocked Bont off the top af­ter gain­ing a 4-1 win over neigh­bours Bri­ton Ferry Llan­sawel.

Though Lido now head Bont by point, they have com­pleted four more fix­tures.

Look­ing fur­ther ahead, Peny­bont will re­sume league du­ties on Satur­day week against Llantwit Ma­jor at the Kymco Sta­dium.

Iron­i­cally, the only points Bont have dropped this sea­son came back in Au­gust when the Wind­millers held them to 0-0 – and Bont wide man Mar­cus Grif­fiths failed to con­vert a late penalty.

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