Subs: ???, ???, Sam Baker, Luke Probert, Gareth Jones
(Dean Hudson scores equaliser) photo by Mike Greenslade photography
Briton Ferry Llansawel and Penybont played out an entertaining 1-1 draw in Welsh league division one at the old road on Saturday afternoon.
In a fair result it took a last minute goal from defender Dean Hudson to rescue the reds in a much better performance than their horror show against Aberdare in midweek.
Ferry manager Carl Shaw was without keeper Luke Probert and striker Gareth Jones so in came Steff Rogers and Ryan Griffiths from an otherwise unchanged team.
It was stand in keeper Rogers that was asked the first question tipping the ball over the bar after a testing header from Penybont striker Richard Hodge on ten minutes.
Five minutes later opposing keeper Rhys Wilson pulled off a great save low to his left when Steve Davey was put through one on one with him.
Wilson was to better this effort on 21 minutes after Davey broke on the right his low cross was met by Ryan Griffiths, after blocking the first effort the keeper then somehow managed to deny midfielder Scott Kenyons point blank effort for an astounding double save.
In a ding dong battle the visitors nearly took the lead themselves on half hour when winger Matthew Jones saw his effort rebound off the post to safety.
Efforts from Davey, Griffiths and Kenyon before half time couldn’t test keeper Wilson and the half time whistle went with the game somehow still scoreless.
Both teams returned unchanged but it only took 5 minutes before the deadlock was broken and it was an error in defence with a misplaced pass from defender Ross Hudson allowing Penybont to break and punish the Ferry with an excellent Jake Roberts finish for 1-0.
The reds responded well though desperate not to lose twice in four days at home they went close with Ryan Griffiths heading over after an excellent cross from captain Gavin Jones.
With 20 minutes remaining Shaw introduced midfielder Warren Hudson in place of Lee John and 5 minutes later Sam Baker replaced Scott Kenyon to form a 4-4-2.
Bakers physical presence instantly asked questions from Penybont defenders Williams and Reddy and he nearly got the equaliser on 82 minutes, an Ian Hillier long throw saw the forwards header superbly tipped away from the top corner by keeper Wilson again.
Shaw made his final change with 5 minutes remaining defender Josh Cockings replacing Ryan Griffiths with Dean Hudson getting pushed up top to try and salvage a point.
The tactic nearly worked instantly when the defenders diving header just went wide on 86 minutes, then on 89 minutes a through ball saw Hudson through on goal and this time he calmly slotted past the advancing Wilson to get the deserved equaliser.
This wasn’t to be the last bit of drama though, with Ferry midfielder Rory Healey receiving a second yellow in injury time reducing the reds to ten men.
With the last whistle blown and a much better performance attention now turns to the league cup tie at home to AFC Llwydcoed next Saturday at the old road(2pm).
Man of the match - Dean Hudson(chosen by AGR Global Recruitment) - Solid defensive display then produced the goods at the other end when called upon.