Penybont FC 4 Monmouth Town 2
MONMOUTH's title credentials were dealt a serious blow as they were comprehensively beaten by Penybont on the new super club’s £500,000 3G pitch facility. Town had travelled looking to put the previous week’s defeat behind them and reassert themselves as serious challengers for the Welsh League crown.
The team welcomed back Adam Davies and Dan MacDonald but would be missing suspended Ben Evans and Elliot Ford who’s injury could possibly have ruled him out for the rest of the season.
Town started brightly enough having most of the possession for the first 10 minutes, passing it around well and getting in some good positions.
But then there was a 10 minute spell they would want to forget as first Rawlings tucked away a cross from the right after Sam Palmer had been sent flying, fairly, according to the referee.
Dan Clare missed a tackle to concede a penalty converted by Hood and on 20 minutes Budd had stooped to head home a corner .
At 3-0 down after 20 minutes, Town were looking to avoid embarrassment as their best hope for the afternoon.
They did claw their way back into the game or at least made a go of it but seemed to lack the fight to go with their obvious talent.
The home side had no such qualms and continued to work hard to unsettle the Kingfisher team who had arrived with a better reputation.
Jones was made to pay for a bit too much endeavour with a red card.
They didn't accept the offer as Penybont kept taking the game to the Kingfishers with Rawlings and Walters exceptional for the home team.
As the clock ticked away, the final 20 minutes offered up some more excitement as first Blackburn upended Rawlings and Hood converted his second spot kick before Harrhy and MacDonald pulled a couple back for Town to make it a little bit interesting.
Harrhy was also bundled over in the penalty area and the appeals again fell on deaf ears and Town boss Steve Jenkins also managed to get himself sent from the dugout after a bureaucratic mix up had earned Guy a yellow card.
For all the baffling decisions Town were well beaten in the day and will need to be much better as they welcome unbeaten title favourites Haverfordwest County to the sportsground this Saturday. Kick off is 2pm.