How Ton Pentre have turned their fortunes around
Despite playing the least amount of games in the division, just a few weeks ago Ton Pentre looked like certain relegation candidates but a run of form has seen them rise up the table.
The loss of 10 goal man Leon Jacka who left for Rhondda rivals Cambrian & Clydach added to the doom as the possibility of Division One status became a worry but fast forward a few weeks and Ton Pentre look to be steering themselves away from the relegation zone.
An unbeaten run of three, including a win over then top of the table Goytre, after no win in seven matches has coincided with the recent visit of Wales manager Chris Coleman and his assistant Kit Symons, giving publicity to the club as they hosted a Q & A session with the locals and supporters of Ton Pentre football club.
Ton Pentre’s recent results
(W) 4-1 v Risca United – 11/02/2017 – (H)
(W) 3-4 v Goytre – 18/02/2017 (A)
(D) 0-0 v Cambrian & Clydach – 03/03/2017 (A)
The attention a few months ago was the glamour tie with Bangor City, where the club had the television cameras there to give the club publicity and a chance for them to shine, unfortunately for them the first game had to be postponed and then they suffered a 2-0 defeat but nevertheless, Ton Pentre showed that alongside the well wishes of celebrities and ex players that there was a community club there that needed to secure its Division One status.
Ton Pentre’s status in the division isn’t safe yet, with 12 games left in the season for the Bulldogs they’ll be looking to pick up as many points as they can to secure another season of Division One football at Ynys Park.
Their attentions will now turn to Wednesday’s fixture under the floodlights against Undy. A win against Undy would put them ahead of their opponents on 26 points, with still plenty of games to play due to postponements in recent weeks and earlier on in the season.
Considering how close the division is, from top to bottom, Pentre would definitely accept safety at this point.
With Pentre’s youth team doing well, sitting 2nd in the Welsh League Youth Division East, Lee Phillip’s men will be hoping to continue the good times.