The Lakesiders make the trip down South this weekend to face promoted side Pontypridd United, despite the challenging weather conditions, the game goes ahead at the USW Sport Park. The Town come into the match on the back of a hard fought victory last weekend against Flint Town at Maes Tegid, as a controversial red card to Nathan Peate saw Bala play over an hour of the match with just 10 men. However, George Newell was able to head home a cross in the 82nd minute to snatch the three points.
Pontypridd have struggled so far this season in the Cymru Premier, having spent most of their time in the relegation zone, although they are just about in touch with the teams above them, as they stand just three points from safety. Last time out, Ponty faced defeat to Cardiff Met as an own goal from Joe Evans gave the University side the three points at the USW Sport Park.
Pontypridd United vs Bala Town
USW Sport Park, CF37 5UP
Friday 2nd of December, 7:45pm kick-off
Insight into our opponents
(H) Cardiff Met 0-1 - Cymru Premier
(A) Aberystwyth Town 2-1 - Cymru Premier
(A) Ruthin Tow 3-4 - JD Welsh Cup Third Round
(H) Connah's Quay Nomads 0-5 - Cymru Premier
(A) Airbus UK 0-4 - Cymru Premier
(A) The New Saints 2-0 - Cymru Premier
Ben Ahmun - The former Penybont forward made a move to Pontypridd United this past Summer, and has already matched his last season's tally, with four league goals and has played two less games. Although, the 30 year old hit a hat-trick past their newly promoted counterparts in Airbus UK back in October as Ponty scored four goals without reply. Ahmun's other solitary goal came in a 2-1 win over Aberystwyth Town at the USW Sport Park in Ponty's first game of the season, as Ahmun struck a 75th minute goal to double their lead having come on to the pitch just five minutes prior. The Forward could pose a threat to the Bala backline this afternoon!
In the only ever fixture between the two clubs, the Lakesiders hit Ponty for five in the 2021/22 JD Welsh Cup, with goals coming from Steven Leslie, Paul Rutherford, Bradley Bauress, Chris Venables and an own goal from Jordan Knott, which helped the Town progress through to Round Six of the competition. Both sides were scheduled to face each other at Maes Tegid in September, however due to the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II, the game was postponed to a later date.
Referee - Alex Livesey
Assistant Referee 1 - Johnathon Bebee-Bryant
Assistant Referee 2 - Matthew Johnson
Fourth Official - David Morgan
Referee Observer - Nigel Richards
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