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Town maintain 100% start to Division Two

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Robert Thomas: rounded the keeper for a cool winner Pic: Keith Griffiths

Penrhiwciber Rangers 1
Llanelli Town 2

HAVING opened their season with two comparatively comfortable wins, accumulating twelve goals in the process, the Reds` visit to Glasbrook Field turned out to be a hard-fought affair with the home side posing plenty of problems for their opponents.

Despite having lost their two opening fixtures, Ceiber showed they have enough talent and determination to eventually come good, and the Reds at times were fully stretched to keep them at bay.

The visitors` cause was not helped by an injury during the pre-match warm up to Kieran O`Brien, necessitating in Declan John filling it at left back, while new recruit, Sam Wade, signed during the week from Goytre United, was elevated from the bench for his club debut.

Two walking wounded in Richard Lewis and Ross Jones were also named as Reds` substitutes, with Lewis surprisingly coming on just after the hour mark for Steve Stone.

An early blow for the visitors came when Luke Jones was forced off after only 13 minutes following a kick on his hip, being replaced by Steve Berry

Craig Richards in the Reds goal did well to smother on the line a fiercely struck free kick by Bradley Jones, and when the visitors countered, Ceiber keeper Gareth Price was called into action to cut out in the box a potentially dangerous delivery driven in low by Bruno Forkuoh.

A powerful clearing header by Lee Bevan sent Forkuoh sprinting towards goal where his progress was halted by a challenge from behind by Jones and there were loud appeals for a penalty, but referee Garwyn Davies merely signalled a corner.

At the other end, Brandon Davies nutmegged Berry before unleashing his shot on target that Richards parried and then grabbed at the second attempt with Brandon Hill poised for any error.

Play was very even, but Ceiber were caught by a sucker punch on 39 minutes following a quickly taken free kick by Jak Shannon which left them flat-footed, allowing Wade to accept the chance to open his Reds` account by beating Price from the edge of the area.

Berry pulled off an important challenge on Davies when he found himself in space and made g r o u n d towards t h e goal, but the home side eventually got their reward six minutes after the restart when a break up the right by Davies led to a ball inside for Dean Brown to find the bottom corner.

The visitors were finding it difficult to impose themselves on proceedings, and in fact their opponents continued to create chances with Richards forced off his line to block when Davies again caused problems on the edge of the box.

delivered a superb ball across the face of the home goal which failed to pick anyone out, but he had better luck on 73 minutes by getting the Reds second success, seizing on a clearance before evading two challenges and rounding Price before slotting home for a well taken solo effort.

He almost got another shortly after, but this time his shot came back off the outside of the post, before

Lewis got in on the act in his usual enthusiastic manner, forcing Price into a point-blank save to somehow keep out his fierce strike on target, and being denied by the keeper again at his near post when he met a loose ball.

A hard-earned three points for the visitors to preserve their 100% record, with the next game being the league cup tie at STM Sports on Saturday, 5th September.

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Scarlets make five changes for European quarter-final

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Johnny Williams and Sione Kalamafoni have been handed their Scarlets’ European debuts for Saturday’s Challenge Cup quarter-final against Toulon at the Stade Felix Mayol (8.15pm UK time).

Both summer signings are included in a side showing five changes to the line-up that took the field against the Dragons in the Scarlets last match of the Guinness PRO14 season.

Wales and British & Irish Lions full-back Leigh Halfpenny returns to face his former side, linking up with Johnny McNicholl and Steff Evans in an all-international back three.

Williams and Steff Hughes continue their midfield combination, while Wales scrum-half Gareth Davies has recovered from injury to partner Dan Jones at half-back.

Skipper Ken Owens, Wyn Jones and Samson Lee pack down in the front row and behind them Tongan international Sam Lousi starts at lock alongside Jake Ball.

In a reshuffled back-row, the PRO14’s turnover king Josh Macleod gets the nod at openside;  Kalamafoni, who featured for Leicester Tigers in the pool stages of the tournament, wears the No. 8 jersey and Scotland international Blade Thomson has recovered from an Achilles issue to start at blindside.

On the bench, Ryan Elias, Phil Price and Javan Sebastian provide front-row cover with Lewis Rawlins and James Davies the other forward replacements. Kieran Hardy, Angus O’Brien and Tyler Morgan cover the backs. Morgan is set to make his first Scarlets appearance since joining from the Dragons.

The Scarlets and Toulon faced each other twice during the pool stages. A last-gasp converted try grabbed a 17-16 victory for the French side in November. The three-times European champions then claimed a crucial 27-15 win at Parc y Scarlets in January to ensure they topped the group. 

Head coach Glenn Delaney said: “It is a final for us. If you win three finals in a row you win a trophy. We are that far away from achieving the objective we all set out upon 12 to 13 months ago. It would be lovely to finish it off the right way. Whenever you get the opportunity to play for a trophy you have got to be very respectful and take it deadly serious, which is exactly what our boys have been doing.”

Scarlets team v RC Toulon (Saturday, September 19, 2020; kick-off 8.15pm UK)

15 Leigh Halfpenny; 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Steff Hughes, 12 Johnny Williams, 11 Steff Evans; 10 Dan Jones, 9 Gareth Davies; 1 Wyn Jones, 2 Ken Owens (capt), 3 Samson Lee, 4 Jake Ball, 5 Sam Lousi, 6 Blade Thomson, 7 Josh Macleod, 8 Sione Kalamafoni.

Reps: 16 Ryan Elias, 17 Phil Price, 18 Javan Sebastian, 19 Lewis Rawlins, 20 James Davies, 21 Kieran Hardy, 22 Angus O’Brien, 23 Tyler Morgan.

Unavailable because of injury

Rob Evans (neck), Rhys Patchell (calf), Liam Williams (foot), Daf Hughes (knee), Steff Thomas (knee), Alex Jeffries (elbow), Tomi Lewis (knee), Aaron Shingler.

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Pembrey Country Park to host one of first post-lockdown events

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CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council’s Pembrey Country Park has been chosen to host one of the first outdoor sports events in Wales since the Covid-19 lockdown.

Welsh Government has given the go ahead for three trial sport and culture events as part of its continued easing of restrictions.

Pembrey Country Park will host a duathlon on Sunday, September 6, with a limited number of competitors, although there will be no spectators.

The event will be monitored and will help inform Welsh Government policy on future sporting events as the country continues its recovery from Covid-19.

The council is working with Welsh Triathlon to ensure athletes can compete safely, with strict risk assessments and protocols being put into place.

Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, Carmarthenshire County Council’s Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “We’re delighted to host this trial event here in Carmarthenshire, and hope this signals a return of more sporting events in the future. Our teams are working alongside Welsh Government and Welsh Triathlon to ensure that the event is safe and secure whilst providing an exciting and challenging duathlon course for competitors.”

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Trundle and Robinson are back for another season with Ammanford AFC

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Ammanford AFC are pleased to announce that the Ex Swans legends Lee Trundle and Andy Robinson are back for a second season with the club

The pair helped Ammanford AFC to achieve a respectable seventh place finish in the JD Cymru South league last season.

The Supporters of Ammanford will welcome the news and will be hoping that they can go and watch their team once clearance has been given.

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