Penybont went to the top of the table with two goals in the last quarter of a game in which neither side was really at its best.
The Bluebirds, after a difficult week, started tentatively but it soon became clear that Penybont were vulnerable at the heart of their defence, and Danny and Steffan Williams started to threaten them down the wings. In the 9th minute this partnership led to a Blues goal as STEFF WILLIAMS drove in crisply from Danny’s cross. This threat continued for most of the first half and it seemed at this stage that Sean Pemberton and Tim Hicks had a much tighter grip on the Penybont attack than the visitors’ defence had on the raiding Williamses. Ricky Watts, playing at left back, and Greg Walters in midfield both played with tremendous industry and the Blues about deserved their half-time lead.
Penybont got more into the game in the second half, even though exchanges generally were scrappy. The equaliser came in the 71st minute when a corner from KANE OWEN curled directly into the net, and the 79th minute winner came when MARCUS GRIFFITHS took a chance with a strong finish. Penybont’s relative dominance in the second half made them deserved winners, even though the Blues came very close to an equaliser in the 94th minute when Pemberton’s header from a Danny Williams corner, crashed just a past a post.
The concluding 5 minutes did bring one distinct ray of promise into the afternoon, with the Welsh League début of 16-year-old striker Joe Pritchard, who looked extremely sharp from the moment he stepped on to the pitch.
With Afan Lido and Goytre losing and Llanelli held to a draw, it was an odd weekend for results, and things are now very tight in the top six. Despite the Blues’ recent loss of points, they are still right in the mix and they will hope to prove that and to regain a little composure when they travel to play at Ton Pentre next Saturday.
County: Conah McFenton; Matthew Broome, Nicky Palmer, Sean Pemberton, Tim Hicks, Ricky Watts, Declan Carroll, Greg Walters, Joe Leahy (Joe Pritchard, 85),Dan Williams, Steffan Williams (Charlie Davies, 72).
Sub not used: Leon Luby, Fraser Finlay.