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Bulldogs tamed by Hicks’ goals

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THE Bluebirds did the double over Ton Pentre as they ran out 4-2 winners in what was an exciting game on Saturday.

The Blues made the perfect start as the returning Tim Hicks produced a lovely chip just 15 seconds in after latching on to a through ball.

The Bulldogs were rattled by the early goal but after weathering the storm they picked themselves up and got back in the game with twenty minutes on the clock. Ex-Bluebird Adam Raymond evaded a challenge and swung the ball into the box for Rameer Outlaw to head past Chris Curtis. The Bulldogs were not level for long as the Bluebirds restored their advantage. After a neat pass from Hicks, Declan Carroll was on hand to smash an 18-yard shot into the bottom corner. The away side would not go down easily and they again drew level when Leon Young headed home from a corner.

After a frantic first half both sides would have been hoping to calm things down and look to take control of the game.

It was the Blues who had the better of the early exchanges in the second half and they went ahead in the fifty-third minute. Carroll made a superb run down the right and his cut back was turned in by Hicks for his second goal of the game.

The Blues continued to dominate but were frustrated by the woodwork and some good defending from Ton Pentre. The Bulldogs were still in the game with just a one goal margin but the Bluebirds finally made the points safe with a stunning effort. With ten minutes left Richie Lewis drove towards goal and from 35 yards out he unleashed an unstoppable shot which left keeper Gavin Rees no chance as the ball flew into the top corner.

It was one of the best performances of the season from the Bluebirds who stay in second place three points behind the leaders Taffs Well with two games in hand. Next Saturday they are away at Cwmbran Celtic. The programme sponsors on Saturday were AG Edwards & Son, Office Furniture, and the match ball sponsors were Dai and Viv, of County Windows.

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