Ton Pentre snatch draw despite Allen brace

MacWhirter Welsh League Division One

Ton Pentre 2 (Craig Davies o.g, Jaymie Wearn)
Pontardawe Town 2 (Chris Allen 2)

TON PENTRE frustrated Pontardawe Town at Ynys Park as Jaymie Wearn scored a late equaliser against the West Wales outfit, who had looked comfortable for the win since taking the lead during the first-half. However, the Bulldogs late rally surprised Pontardawe and secured another valuable point for Dean Morris’ team.

The game couldn’t have started better for the Bulldogs as an attack by the home team forced a corner kick after just two minutes. Josh Powell crossed into the box and it appeared as though Pontardawe’s Craig Davies headed the ball straight into the net past his own goalkeeper, James Harris. Pontardawe’s misfortune saw the Bulldogs in the lead.

Ton Pentre’s lead did not last long as Pontardawe pulled themselves level through Chris Allen. In the 6th minute Luke Harris played a great ball forward to give Allen possession. The Pontardawe striker turned inside Bulldogs defender Ross Porter before placing the ball over Jonathan Howe and into the top left hand corner of the goal from an acute angle. It was an exceptional goal.

As the half progressed, Pontardawe Town began to boss the play and it came as no surprise when they took the lead in the 26th minute. Some great work from Rhys Whitelock saw the midfielder unlock the Ton Pentre defence by playing Allen through with time to put the ball into the net off the left post. By bagging his brace Allen made it 2-1 to Pontardawe.

In the early stages of the second-half the Bulldogs were lucky not to be further behind as Pontardawe continued to create chances.

In the 53rd minute Josh Dorward thought he had scored Pontardawe’s third goal of the game but saw his effort hit the underneath of the crossbar before being cleared off the line by a Ton Pentre defender.

Howe was forced to come off his line in the 59th minute as Arwel Rees broke through on goal. He looked certain to score but Howe remained big, narrowed the angle and deflected his shot away from its target for a great save.

Ton Pentre were going to make Pontardawe Town pay for missing such glorious chances to increase the lead and from the 74th minute the Bulldogs suddenly began to look dangerous in attack.

When Lloyd Toghill crossed the ball for Lewis Hydes, the Ton Pentre winger was provided with an opportunity to shoot. Hydes struck a good looking effort but the ball was blocked by a defender and was put behind for a corner.

When the ball was sent into the danger zone Porter connected well with a header but was somehow denied by goalkeeper Harris who managed to get a hand to the ball at the top righthand corner.

In the 78th minute Ton Pentre were still applying pressure and on this occasion Powell decided to strike from outside of the box. Once again Harris pulled off another wonderful save by diving across his goalmouth to push the ball away.

The Bulldogs were to make their pressure count when in the 82nd minute Jaymie Wearn worked himself deep into the Pontardawe box. From a tight angle, and with Harris rushing towards him, Wearn lobbed the ball over the keeper and into the goal to make it 2-2. It was a terrific finish that secured a point for Ton Pentre.

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