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Misty Stebo Hop

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Clinton ForbesWALKIN’ in the park just the other day, baby, what do you think I saw? Crowds of people sittin’ on the grass with flowers in their hair said, hey boy do you want to score?

They were not so much sitting on the grass as in the stands on Saturday (Jan 7) as visitors from the Midsts of Aberdare visited Stebonheath Park. The 2′ o’clock kick off was fortuitous. Any later and the game would surely have been called off due to the very poor visibility as a thick mist envelped Stebo.

And you know how it is? I really don’t know what time it was oh, oh. So I asked them if I could stay awhile. In fact The Herald stayed for the full 90 minutes as usual to watch The Reds play their first game for almost three weeks on the back of all that Christmas turkey.

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Well you know they asked us to stay for tea and have some fun. Oh, oh, he said that his friends would all drop by, oh. Why don’t you take a good look at yourself and describe what you see. And baby, baby, baby, do you like it? What was there not to like? I saw a slippery surface and a full strength Llanelli Town squad lighting up the gloom with some dazzling football and two wonderful goals.

Aberdare did look threatening during the first half with some long ranging passes finding their strikers only to be hashed like a Christmas pudding left too long in the oven and the brandy still wet on Granddad’s Frosty the Snowman shirt. It was messy for quite a while until that jolly man in the red suit Lee Trundle received a gift of a pass from Joe Clarke, chested it onto his foot, lobbed it over the head of a defender and volleyed it passed the goalkeeper who up until that point had managed to keep the visitors in the game with some spectacular saves resembling a brand new limited edition Scalextric Le Mans track.

The second half aw Aberdare Clinton Forbes pulling off a number of great saves to deny some crackers on target from Jordan Follows, Joe Clarke and Jordan Davies. Unfortunately no cigars but the three wise footballers looked happy enough back at the inn toasting the goals of Lee Trundle and oh did I mention the one from Joe Clarke?

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Despite close attention similar to that glamorous aunty gets from your next door neighbour on Christmas Eve Lee Trundle managed to break the Marley like chains and send a star quality ball over the Aberdare defence to the feet of Joe Clarke who put it away like Uncle Bill downs the whisky. The keeper didn’t get a sniff and with the mist descending to a point where The Herald couldn’t even see corner flag, nothing to do with the effects of tea suspiciously tasting of Rum from the Jock Stein Lounge of course, we packed up our bags for the Misty Mountains of Pontyates. Where the spirits go now. Over the hills where the spirits fly, oh, I really don’t know. The match ended Llanelli Town AFC 2 – Aberdare Town 0

The Reds welcome Abergavenny Town to Stebonheath tomorrow (Jan 14) in the quarter final of the League Cup, kick off is at  2pm.

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Felinfoel edged out

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FELINFOEL just missed out on victory on Saturday (Jun 15) as opponents Skewen edged to a three-wicket win.

Skewen won the toss and elected to field and that looked to be a good decision as they were able to bowl Felinfoel out for 155.

Felinfoel lost Andrew Thomas early on when he was trapped leg before by Steve James.

Craig Richards and Rhys Jones shared 55 runs for the second wicket before James struck again as he bowled Richards on a score of 34.

Rhys Jones scored 32 before he was bowled by Luke Martin and Julian Griffiths scored 25 before he suffered the same fate as Jones.

Martin also bowled Ian Meredith and he then trapped Rober Nangalia leg before.

When Dean Kriescher trapped Rohan Nangalia leg before it left Felinfoel on 128-7, having seemingly been in a good position at 118-3.

Stuart Parmenter was then bowled by Kriescher and he then took the catch to dismiss Stephen Jones.

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Rhys Harries batted on while he watched his team mates fall but he was eventually out for a score of 26 to the bowling of Kriescher.

That meant that Skewen would need 156 to win but Felinfoel did their best to derail their run chase.

Anthony Matthias bowled David Jenkins and Craig Richards had Callum Davies caught by Andrew Thomas as Skewen slipped to 17-2.

Richards then claimed his second wicket as he had Daniel Rees caught by Ian Meredith and Johnny Morris was bowled by Julian Griffiths.

That left Skewen on 49-4 but Dean Kriescher and John Jones swung the game in their favour with a stand of 57 for the fifth wicket.

Rhys Harries then bowled Jones on a score of 25 and he also had Jordan Jones caught by Stuart Parmenter.

Julian Griffiths then bowled Andrew Rogers but Kriescher was the hero for Skewen as he finished unbeaten on 76 with nine fours and a six to see his side over the line.

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Dafen fall short

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DAFEN fell 24 runs short of their target on Saturday (Jun 15) as they were beaten by Division 1 leaders Cowbridge.

Dafen elected to field on winning the toss but they watched on as Cowbridge scored a good total of 228-5 in their 46 overs.

Cowbridge started well reaching fifty in the first eight overs as openers Thomas Merilaht and Ben Wright shared a stand of 93.

Philip George made the breakthrough for Dafen as he had Merilaht caught by Kai Rees on a score of 36.

Jonathan Randell had Chris Willey caught by David Dunfee before Wright, who had hit ten fours and two sixes in his knock of 81, was caught by Daniel Vaughan off the bowling of Rees.

Chris Hudson trapped Jack Cropper leg before on a score of 15 and then had Tom Williams stumped by Vaughan to leave Cowbridge on 172-5.

Brad Evans and Yodhin Punja batted on to take their side past 200 runs.

Evans smashed six fours and two sixes as he finished unbeaten on 51 from 41 balls to set a challenging target for Dafen to chase.

Dafen got off to a bad start in their reply however as they lost four wickets early on.

Jonathan Randell was first out as he was bowled by Brad Evans and George Lavender scored 16 before he was caught by Tom Williams off the bowling of Sam Russell.

Matthew Evans was then trapped leg before by Yodhin Punja and Chris Davies was also bowled by Russell.

That left Dafen on 43-4 but Matthew Donoghue and David Dunfee restored some order as they shared 64 runs for the fifth wicket.

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Donoghue scored 25 but he was then bowled by Evans. Dunfee hit five fours and two sixes as he scored 48 but he was also bowled by Evans.

Evans then claimed his fourth as he had Kai Rees caught by Ben Wright to leave Dafen on 126-7.

Dafen then lost Daniel Vaughan to the bowling of Nicholas Wood as they slipped to 143-8.

Scott Phillips took it upon himself to add to the scoring as he hit two fours and smashed nine sixes in a score of 71 from just 34 balls.

Unfortunately for Dafen, he was then caught by Brad Evans off the bowling of Tom Williams.

Phillip George was then run out by Wright as Dafen ended up all out on 204.

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Raiders well beaten by Town

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By Ian Golden at Stebonheath Park

WORKINGTON Town eased to a 58-12 over West Wales Raiders in Llanelli on Saturday (Jun 8) with their ten tries all coming from different players.

The away side did enough to win the game despite their many errors that would cost them a lot more against a higher placed side.

Town took an early lead after Gordon Maulding found a gaping hole in the Raiders’ backline and easily ran 10 metres to score. Carl Forber converted.

From kick-off, they doubled the score. No Raiders’ player had the answer to Fui Fui Moi Moi’s strength as he burst past the back-line. No issues again for Forber.

A short kick-off worked well for Raiders as they regained possession from kick-off and they nearly scored. Steve Parry was held a metre from the line on the final tackle of the set.

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As frustrations started to boil over, the referee stopped his watch on 25 minutes to give Raiders a team warning for persistent offending, and now was the time for Town to take advantage. Stevie Scholey was close, but from the next tackle, Sean Penkywicz dived over. Forber converted.

Town scored their fourth on the half hour. Perry Singleton was on the end of a good passing move, straight from a scrum on Raiders’ ten-metre line. Forber’s kick was just wide.

Then just before half-time, after winning a penalty on Raiders’ 40-metre line, Stevie Scholey ran through for Workington’s fifth. Forber converted again for a 28-0 lead at the break.

Town had an early second half try chalked off for a forward pass but after Raiders gave away a penalty for off-side, Ryan Fieldhouse twisted his way over the line for a try that Forber improved.

Then on 51 minutes, Raiders finally broke their duck for what was the best try of the game. Phil Cowburn broke from the half-way line, offloaded to Ashley Bateman who lost the ball under pressure, but Cowburn was on hand to pick up the loose ball, score under the sticks and convert his own try.

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However, following another Raiders dropped ball and a penalty from the next tackle, Workington addressed the balance as Declan O’Donnell crashed over underneath the sticks and Forber easily converted.

From kick-off, a Welshman finally got on the scoresheet after Sam Hopkins catching his own chip and run to the line for Town’s eighth try.

Forber kicked the goal, then set up the next try, opening up a gap for Oliver Wilkes to celebrate his 100th career try. Forber converted.

Raiders weren’t giving up. They won another goal-line drop out and continued to put on the pressure. Steve Parry was held up over the line and from the next tackle, Morgan Evans ran through a hole in the Town defence. Cowburn converted.

But after Town won the ball from kick-off, they went over from their tenth and final try of the afternoon as debutant Blain Marwood eased his way past the tiring home defence with his first touch of the ball for the club after another good Forber offload.

The man of the match converted to cement the win.

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