Defeat for Paulton Rovers – PAULTON ROVERS 1 TON PENTRE 2

By Becky Brooks in Football

Travelling from the Rhondda Valley, to Winterfield Road, Ton Pentre FC emerged victorious at Saturday’s match against Rovers.

Early Paulton pressure was undermined, as Welsh Division One side Ton Pentre took a fifth-minute lead when Leon Jacka struck a firm free kick past Keiran Hodges.

Rovers had chances from Joe White, Omar Simpson and Dale Evans, who drove a shot over the bar.

Simpson and White nearly put in Left Back Josh Cann, only to be foiled by visiting keeper Ryan Griffiths.

On 20 minutes against the run of play, Huw Bowtell beat the offside trap and squared for Adam Lewis to score, despite Hodges getting a hand to the ball.

Paulton dominated the second half, and reduced the arrears on 48 minutes as Hillard’s left-wing corner fell to Joe Guest, who turned the ball home.

Simpson and James Byrne fired over, and Guest shot wide as Griffiths was kept busy.

Paulton looked to have a good shout for a penalty as Guest was taken out, but the appeals were waved aside.

Byrne laid off for Simpson, who took an extra pace before his shot was saved by Griffiths.

Substitute Dave Sims brought two saves from Ton Pentre’s stopper, and he looked to have levelled, only for Griffiths to bring yet another save in a Man of the Match performance.

Tony Walsh