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Trundle treble sees off Dinas Powys




Llanelli Town 5

Dinas Powys 2

Photo: Julian Hunt

LLANELLI TOWN remain firmly on course for promotion following a Lee Trundle hat-trick at Steboneath Park last Saturday (Mar 11).

It was Trundle’s seventh hat-trick of the season, taking his tally to an incredible 40 goals in 20 games since joining the Reds. Joe Clarke and James Loveridge also got on the scoresheet.

The 5-2 scoreline was harsh on a well-disciplined Dinas Powys side, managed by former Cardiff City and Newport County player Paul Giles and coached by Tony Bird (Ex Cardiff City and Swansea City).

On an afternoon when Llanelli Town lacked their distinguishing fluid dynamism, Dinas Powys came with a plan to defend deep in numbers, get tight, hit on the break, frustrate and niggle; that worked perfectly well for eighty minutes.

That three of Llanelli’s five goals came in the final ten minutes of the match, is an indication of the stubborn resistance of the Dinas Powys players who simply ran out of legs; leaving nothing left behind on the Steboneath pitch.

In a scrappy opening, the first real opportunity came on 11 minutes. Following corners by Trundle and Jordan Davies, Trundle’s low shot skimmed past the Dinas Powys goal. Shortly after, a Trundle free kick from some 35 yards out was only parried by Elliott Matthews. The follow-up by Jordan Follows lacked real purpose and the danger was cleared.

With Llanelli’s game lacking incisiveness, a Dinas Powys injury break on 20 minutes saw Llanelli Manager Andy Hill and Trundle in deep discussion in front of the home dugout.

With chances from open play at a minimum, it was no surprise that the opening goal, on twenty nine minutes, came as a result of a Trundle free kick. His initial attempt rebounded off the Dinas Powys wall but the experienced Llanelli striker made no mistake with the follow up, driving his strike over the despairing Matthews.

The Llanelli Town advantage lasted just eight minutes in to the second half. With the Llanelli defence dithering with the ball in their own box, Captain Lee Bevan brought down midfielder Liam Beddard. Following Bevan’s yellow carding, Beddard himself took the resulting penalty; driving the ball down the middle of the Llanelli goal.

Three minutes later, Llanelli Town were back in front. With Thomas heading a Trundle delivery back in to the Dinas Powys goalmouth, Clarke scrambled the ball home. Five minutes later, a further effort from Clarke flew just over the bar.

With the home crowd becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of any real decisiveness in Llanelli’s play, Dinas Powys again levelled on 65 minutes. A breakdown the Llanelli right saw David Shallis beating slack defending from Kurtis March, prior to cutting inside and shooting across Craig Morris in the Llanelli goal.

Follows was replaced by Liam Samuel on 68 minutes and with their opponents visibly tiring, Llanelli Town finally began showing the kind of fluidity that has characterised their play this season. Davies was put through by Trundle on 75 and 77 minutes, only to be denied on both occasions by Matthews.

The same combination were involved in the Reds goal on 80 minutes, as Llanelli’s pressure eventually paid off. Davies again put through by Trundle, saw his shot saved well by the outstretched leg of Matthews, before Trundle, picking up the loose ball, evaded three challenges prior to skilfully slotting the ball in to the back of the Dinas Powys net.

Llanelli Town spent the last ten minutes of the match camped inside Dinas Powys’ half. Sam Wade replaced Thomas and within a minute of his introduction, the increasingly influential and confident Trundle put Loveridge through on goal. Cutting inside from the left, Loveridge fired low past Matthews.

Hill replaced Loveridge with Luke Morgan on 85 minutes and a further Trundle effort on eighty seven minutes nestled on top of the Dinas Powys net. The drama was not over and it was Trundle himself who wrapped the game up for Llanelli in stoppage time. Sent clean though with a high ball from Wade, Trundle fired past Matthews for his hat-trick.

This was a particularly tough result on Dinas Powys, who were resolute and who had halted Llanelli Town’s rhythm for eighty minutes.

The Reds were far from their best but with only ten matches remaining, Andy Hill will take more victories like this if it ensures promotion and ultimately, the Welsh Football League Division Two title.

Next up for the Reds: An away local derby with Ammanford AFC at the Manor Road Ground on Saturday, March 18. Kick-off 2:30PM.

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‘Seaside Kicks’ off to great start in Glanymor Ward!‬




A new project has been launched which is completely free for young people from across the Llanelli area.‬

‭‘Premier League Kicks’ run by Swansea City Community Trust started last Tuesday (14th January) and is already proving to be a success with both children and their parents. ‬

‭Boys and Girls of all abilities are welcome to take part with sessions taking place on the brand new 3G pitch at Ysgol PenRhos. ‬

‭Ages 8-12 take place on every Tuesday evening between 5.00pm and 6.00pm with ages 13-16 on every Wednesday between 8.00 and 9.00pm. ‬
‭As well as the football sessions, activities will also include informative, educational workshops covering a wide range of issues including knife crime, county lines and online safety. ‬

Craig Richards from the Swans Community Trust said:‬
‭“Nationally, ‘Premier League Kicks’ is one of the Premier League’s flagship community programmes. It has a long history of using the power of football and the value of sports participation to help youngsters in some of the most-high need areas. ‬

‭“By engaging young people in constructive activities including football, coaching, educational and personal development sessions, communities up and down the country have been transformed with impressive football and sports participation rates, and authorities reporting significant reductions in anti-social behaviour in the areas in which it is delivered.”‬

Sean Rees, Llanelli Town Councillor for the Glanymor Ward added:‬
‭“It is a pleasure to link up with the Swans Community Trust, Police and Crime Commissioner, our PCSO’s, Llanelli Town Council and the Community Safety Partnership in bringing forward such an exciting project. ‬

‭“Engagement has taken place with both local schools at Ysgol PenRhos and Ysgol Maes Y Morfa as well as strong partnership work with our existing sports clubs in the area at Seaside AFC and Bwlch Rangers too all of whom have been very supportive.‬

‭“It is fantastic to see so many youngsters turning out in great numbers with more expected next week. It gives them somewhere to go in the area and have fun with others within a safe environment.‬

‭“I now look forward to seeing this project go from strength to strength.”‬

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Old Gold snatch vital draw




JD Cymru Premier League
Penybont 1 – Carmarthen Town 1

AFTER an impressive performance to defeat Penybont at Richmond Park on Boxing Day, expectations among the Town supporters who travelled along the M4 for this Cymru Premier League return fixture. Glad tidings of great joy were, however, in short supply this time around.

An uneventful opening period saw play confined to the pitch’s middle third, neither side threatening much in the way of attacking threat.
In the 11th minute, Penybont carved open the Old Gold defence in clinical fashion.

Nathan Wood fired a dangerous cross towards the far post where Daniel Griffiths rose high above Alaric Jones to head the ball back into the goalmouth. Kostya Georgievsky reacted quicker than any defender and planted his close-range header past ‘keeper Lee Idzi and into the net.
As Town appeared laboured and uncertain, on 31 minutes Penybont went close to stretching their lead when Wood released a fierce long-range drive that Idzi, with a flying full-length dive, turned narrowly wide of the post.
Carmarthen’s only significant goal threat during the entire first-half came in the 36th minute when a rasping effort from Luke Bowen was well-parried by home keeper Rhys Wilson.

The second half’s opening was no better than the quality of play in much of the first period. Both sides gave the ball away too easily, with careless misplaced passes a constant feature of their exchanges.

Midway through the second-half, Town gradually began to exert notable pressure on the Penybont defence.

On 77 minutes Declan Carroll fired a free-kick into the crowded penalty area where Jay Woodford, from 15 yards, curled a delightful shot over several defenders but saw Wilson produce a smart save to claim the ball.
Penybont defended deep in their own half while the Old Gold turned on the afterburners in search of an equaliser. Several powerful attempts on the Penybont goal were saved by the impressive Wilson. Against the run of play, Penybont squandered a late opportunity to make the game safe.

Having survived that scare, the Old Gold resumed their sustained assault on the Penybont goal – and they were duly rewarded.

Three minutes into added time Carroll sent a searching corner-kick into the packed goalmouth where Bowen saw his close-range header blocked on the goal-line by Wilson – but the experienced striker reacted immediately and positively by driving the loose ball past the ‘keeper and into the back of the net.

Once the Carmarthen players’ delirious celebrations had subsided the game restarted and then very soon afterwards the referee blew the final whistle, probably much to the relief of Town’s supporters!

Town’s next fixture, against Airbus UK at Richmond Park on Saturday, January 11 (k/o 2.30 pm) will be an important fixture if the Old Gold are to retain their Premier League status

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County cling to win




JD Cymru League Division One (South)
Friday, January 3
Llanelli Town 0 – Haverfordwest County 1

A 5th-minute goal by the visitors` Nicky Palmer ultimately proved to be the difference between the sides at the close, a result which extended the home side`s winless streak to seven league matches. During this dismal run, they have picked up only two points, while their goal tally is equally depressing, scoring just 10 and conceding 21.

The strain showed in the reverse fixture, when despite a spirited performance, Llanelli were well-beaten in the end.

Again, Llanelli fielded a depleted side and included no fewer than five Academy members, with William Wang and Liam Thomas making their debuts, along with Liam Griffiths and Morgan and Jack Cutler.

With the Bluebirds heading the league table, the home team approached the game with hope but little expectation. However, the makeshift hosts pit up a decent showing and were not unduly overawed or outplayed.

The early opener by Palmer resulted from some slack defending when he met a cross from Marcus Griffiths to drive it past Scott Coughlan in the Reds’ goal.

The home keeper then did well to parry to safety a dangerous ball across the face of goal by Jack Wilson, before the home side came close to an equaliser following a James Loveridge delivery to the far post which was met by a header from Nathan Logan which came back off the upright.

The visitors were winning the majority of the second ball, and when a long throw into the goalmouth by Wilson caused problems for Coughlan and his defenders, Griffiths reacted first but was denied from close range by a block which resulted in a corner.

Despite determined defence, Llanelli struggled to establish a foothold in proceedings, and when a corner was partially cleared only as far as Ben Fawcett, he might have done better when he drove his finish wide from a promising position.

The home team were certainly more pro-active from the restart. The Bluebirds’ goal came under threat on several occasions, with a Loveridge back-heel setting up Logan for a strike which was diverted for a corner.
Logan then turned provider when he played a pass into Tim Parker in the area, but his effort on the turn lacked power and gave County goalie Kyle Stuart few problems.

The home team came agonisingly close again to an equaliser when Logan met a Liam Samuel ball but again could only find the upright, and when the ball ran loose, it was scrambled clear off the line.

The Bluebirds retaliated through Fawcett who drilled a free-kick inches off target, and then just failed to connect with a ball driven across the face of goal when the Reds made a complete hash of a short goal kick and conceded possession.

A minute from time, the problems for the hosts became even more acute when Loveridge and Kurtis Rees were involved in a flare-up, leading to the dismissal of both players by referee Daniel Richardson.

While the Bluebirds ran out deserved winners, there will be tougher games ahead and they will want to improve significantly on this showing to cement their place at the summit.

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