New Year cheer for Bont?

Lead­ers out to kick off 2019 on a real high at Ton Pen­tre

Glamorgan Gazette - - Sport - TONY POOLE [email protected]­

UN­BEATEN lead­ers Penybont will take a two-point ad­van­tage over clos­est chal­lengers Haver­ford­west County into the Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Divi­sion One clash at rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened Ton Pen­tre on Satur­day.

How­ever, Bont ex­pe­ri­enced a bumpy ride last Fri­day night against Bri­ton Ferry Llan­sawel, and were re­lieved to exit Old Road with a 2-2 draw that main­tained the un­beaten run.

And the Brid­gend su­per club had to twice come from be­hind in order to sal­vage the point.

It was only the sec­ond oc­ca­sion this term that Rhys Grif­fiths’ side dropped points in the league, hav­ing pre­vi­ously played out a goal-less draw at Llantwit Ma­jor back in Au­gust.

They ar­rived at Old Road on the back of a 3-0 pre-Christ­mas vic­tory over Pon­typridd Town at the Leck­with Sta­dium cour­tesy of goals from Luke Bor­relli (two) and a Kane Owen penalty.

But buoy­ant Ferry went ahead on 25 min­utes via Tyler Brock with a ninth goal of the sea­son from Cullen Kin­sella soon restor­ing par­ity.

It re­mained 1-1 un­til the 75 th minute when a shot from Warren Hud­son was de­flected into goal by Bont boss Rhys Grif­fiths.

And with Bont seem­ingly on the way to a first league de­feat of the sea­son, they re­sponded dur­ing time added on for stop­pages.

In sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances to the sec­ond Ferry goal, Bor­relli took aim, and a de­flec­tion off Ian Hil­lier set up the 2-2 out­come.

Mean­while, the clash with Ton Pen­tre on Satur­day forms a third meet­ing of the sea­son be­tween the clubs.

Bont downed the vis­it­ing Bull­dogs 3-1 in the Nathaniel MG Cup back in Au­gust, and the fol­low­ing month they took the Kymco

Sta­dium league meet­ing by an em­phatic 5-0 mar­gin.

But since the for­ma­tion of Penybont back in 2013, Ynys Park hasn’t been a happy hunt­ing ground for them, and they’ve only tri­umphed once in five league meet­ings.

And it was recorded last March when goals from Kieran Howard and Adam Car­pen­ter chis­elled a 2-0 suc­cess at their bo­gey ground.

PENYBONT had their lead in Welsh League Divi­sion One cut to just two points af­ter they were held 2-2 at Bri­ton Ferry Llan­sawel – while Haver­ford­west County thumped Ton Pen­tre 4-0.

Bri­ton Ferry led through Tyler Brock and then Warren Hud­son, but the vis­i­tors hit back twice to keep their un­beaten league record in­tact, although it was only the sec­ond time in a dozen league games so far this term they have dropped points.

Rhys Grif­fiths’ side do still have a game in hand on Haver­ford­west who closed up on them with a crush­ing win at Ynys Park.

For­mer Swansea City hero Lee Trun­dle – who fired the goals to help steer Llanelli Town to glory last sea­son – was at the dou­ble with Sean Pem­ber­ton and Rhys Fawcett grab­bing the Blue­birds’ other goals.

Else­where Nathaniel MG Cup fi­nal­ists Cam­brian & Cly­dach’s ex- cel­lent sea­son con­tin­ues as they in­flicted a 4-0 ham­mer­ing on Am­man­ford in their own back­yard.

Richard French, Liam French, Kyle Jones and Sam Jones were all among the scor­ers for Cam­brian, who are third in the ta­ble and three points back on Penybont but have played two more matches.

Mean­while there were morale­boost­ing vic­to­ries on the road for both of the bottom two.

Taffs Well re­main bottom will take plenty of con­fi­dence from a 2-1 win at Port Tal­bot Town, while sec­ond bottom Pon­typridd Town ran out 4-2 vic­tors at Undy Ath­letic. The other games in Divi­sion One saw Llantwit Ma­jor win 1-0 at Goytre United, with Sean Wil­liams’ goal the dif­fer­ence, while Mark Jones scored twice for Afan Lido along­side Chris Hart­land and Ben Thomas in a 4-1 win at Goytre.

Cw­mam­man United and Cwm­bran Celtic drew 2-2.

PIC­TURE: Bernie Ford

Cur­tis Hut­son gets a shot away dur­ing Penybont FC’s re­cent clash with Bri­ton Ferry Llan­sawel in Welsh League Divi­sion One.

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