LLANELLI TOWN finally halted a dismal run of four consecutive league and cup defeats, as they completed the double over their opponents, Penrhiwceiber Rangers, having secured an away 2-1 success in August. The home side were virtually at full strength with the return of players who had been injured, while Ian Evans, a recent signing from Bwlch Rangers, occupied the right back slot with Mark Napieralla still not ready for a start following a knock to his knee.
Despite the convincing final score, the visitors did cause problems for a Reds defence which still looks unsure at times, although goalkeeper Craig Richards was seldom seriously tested as Penrhiwceiber ran out of options in the final third. The contest was just eight minutes old before the Reds took the lead when an initial charge down by Luke Jones led to him finding Liam Samuel, and he in turn brought Sam Wade into play whose driven ball across the goal to the back post was turned in by Matthew Hughes.
A poor kick out by Richards then afforded the visitors their first opportunity when it fell into the path of Alex Jones whose effort from distance was not too far off target. Conversely, Hughes just failed to connect with a cross driven into the box by Samuel, before the lead was extended on 16 minutes following a short corner by Hughes, which was met by Declan John, and he curved a sweet finish over goalkeeper Alex Bailey into the top corner.
Three minutes later, the visitors found themselves three down when another award of a corner led to Samuel crossing into the middle for Jones to make a connection, which deflected past Bailey on its way into the net. Well in control and seemingly cruising to a win even at this early stage in proceedings, the home side were then jolted back into reality when their opponents were awarded a penalty on the half hour mark when Dean Brown was brought down by Richards as he pursued a back heel from Brandon Davies.
The Reds keeper was cautioned, and Brown himself stepped up to take the spot kick which he despatched past Richards into the bottom corner. Stung by this reverse, the hosts pushed forward and were rewarded by a fourth success in the 37th minute when Bailey failed to deal effectively with a cross by Hughes, allowing Jones to take full advantage and slot in the loose ball. Evan after this setback the visitors refused to lie down, and pulled themselves back into contention when they scored on the stroke of half time through Davies when he directed a ball from Matthew Glassy beyond Richards.
Even with a two goal cushion, it seemed as if the Reds would need to score first after the resumption to really settle matters, and they did just that ten minutes into the half with Samuel curling a superbly taken free kick from 30 yards beyond the despairing grasp of Bailey. Another set-piece six minutes later led to a further goal when John curled a corner on the left into the net between Bailey and his near post, and shortly after was denied his hat trick when the keeper beat out his strike on target.
They went close again with two attempts from John and Lee Bevan being cleared off the line, although at the other end they had Jamie Evans to thank from preventing Josh Evans from reducing the deficit when his effort went past Richards only for Evans to clear out of the goalmouth.
Evans was well placed again to break up another potential threat on goal when the visitors broke quickly, but the contest ended with the Reds relieved a miserable sequence of results had been finally halted and hopefully better times lie ahead. The Reds travel to meet Croesyceiliog next Saturday, kick off 2 pm. Prior to that, Stebonheath will host a FA Youth Trophy tie involving Swansea City and Sheffield Wednesday on Friday, with a 1 pm start.
Llanelli Town: Richards; I. Evans; Lewis; Thomas (Berry, 67); J. Evans; Bevan; Samuel (R. Jones, 67); John; L. Jones; Wade (Forkuoh, 60); Hughes. Subs not used: Harries; Logan.
Penrhiwceiber Rangers: Bailey; Jenkins (Hansonspur, 63); A. Davies (Peacock, 63); Morgan; Keepings; Glassy; A. Jones (Hill, 67); Brown ©; J. Evans; B. Davies; N. Evans. Subs not used: C. Evans; O. Jones.
Williams-duo sink Porthcawl
LLANELLI Seconds earned victory on Saturday (Aug 10) as they beat Porthcawl by 42 runs.
Porthcawl won the toss and elected to field and they were able to bowl Llanelli out for 170.
Rhys Westcott and Lewis Jones got Llanelli off to a steady start before Westcott was caught by Steffan Flood off the bowling of Nicholas Morgan on a score of 19.
Morgan then also caught and bowled Daniel Lewis before Dafydd Daniel supported Jones with a score of 17.
Daniel also fell to the bowling of Morgan who then claimed his second caught and bowled of the match when he caught Jordan Evans.
Morgan wasn’t done there as he had Richard Williams caught by Anthony Dixon.
Jones had made his way to a score of 85 but he was then caught by Isaak Cronje off the bowling of Stephen Richmond.
Spencer Morgan then claimed the final two wickets to leave Llanelli all out on 170 after 43 overs.
Richard Williams struck early on as he had Nicholas Morgan caught by Dafydd Daniel.
Richard then also had Mark Lewis caught by Harri Rees before Joshua Williams had Steven Doherty stumped by Morgan Jones.
Richard then had Chris Richards caught by Daniel to reduce Porthcawl to 45-4.
Anthony Dixon had made his way to a score of 30 but he was caught by Daniel Lewis off the bowling of Joshua Williams.
That left the visitors on 49-5 and it soon became 60-6 as Joshua had Steffan Flood caught by Harri Rees.
Joshua then also claimed the wicket of Spencer Williams before Isaak Cronje was run out by Daniel.
Joshua then bowled Matthew Pugh as Porthcawl were staring at a heavy defeat on 77-9.
Stephen Richmond and Mark Bevan did their best to keep the score ticking over with Richmond reaching a score of 44.
He was eventually caught by Owain Baxter off the bowling of Lewis Jones and although Llanelli gave away 21 runs in extras, Porthcawl were all out for 128.
It was just a second win of the season for Llanelli seconds who will now look to finish the season on a high.
On Saturday (Aug 17), they travel to Dyffryn.
Felinfoel see off Drefach
FELINFOEL earned their eighth win of the season on Saturday (Aug 10) as they beat Drefach by four wickets.
The game was reduced to 48 overs-a-side after earlier rain and the toss was won by Felinfoel who elected to field.
Rob Seymour got Drefach going with four fours in his score of 16 from 12 balls but he was then caught by Andrew Thomas off the bowling of Julian Griffiths.
Soon after, Griffiths had Ben Mitchell caught by Rohan Nangalia.
Anthony Mathias then bowled James Carter and trapped Neil Harris leg before as Drefach slipped to 40-4.
Dafydd Humprheys and Billy McBryde then shared 44 runs for the fifth wicket before McBryde, who hit four fours and a six in his score of 29, was caught by Nangalia off the bowling of Matthias.
Humprheys and Ciaran Llewellyn then shared 57 runs for the sixth wicket as they continued to put runs on the board.
Llewelyn hit six fours in his score of 31 but he was then caught by Rhys Jones off the bowling of Tom Jones.
Humphreys then reached his half century but then saw Leigh Davies caught by Nangalia off the bowling of Craig Richards.
Richards then also Roy Llewelyn before before Chris Bowen bowled Elis Jones.
That left Humphreys not out on 63 which included four fours and a six.
Set 182 to win, Felinfoel lost Andrew Thomas early on when he was bowled by Ben Mitchell.
Craig Richards and Rhys Jones then shared an excellent second-wicket stand worth 106 runs.
Jones hit five fours on his way to a score of 43 before he was stumped by Neil Harris off the bowling of Leigh Davies.
Three balls later, Roy Llewelyn bowled Richards on a score of 73 that included 11 fours.
Drefach then picked up a third wicket as Davies bowled Julian Griffiths for a duck to reduce Felinfoel to 124-4.
Tom Jones also fell to the bowling of Llewelyn as Drefach looked to keep the pressure on.
Rhys Harries hit three fours in a score of 16 but he was then bowled by James Carter as Felinfoel were further reduced to 155-6.
Chris Bowen and Rohan Nangalia had other ideas though as they guided their side to their target.
Bowen finished not out on 16 while Nangalia was not out on 19 from 12 balls after hitting three fours.
On Saturday (Aug 17), Drefach travel to play fourth placed Aberdare while Felinfoel are away to second placed Skewen.
Llangennech earn crucial win
LLANGENNECH moved themselves out of the bottom two of Division 1 on Saturday (Aug 10) as they beat Llanelli in a rain-affected match.
The hosts won the toss and elected to field and they were able to restrict Llanelli 129 all out in their 33 overs.
Llanelli lost opener Ioan Phillips for a duck early on when he was caught by David Williams off the bowling of Michael Jones.
Iwan Rees and Marcus Leaf then shared 58 runs for the second wicket as they looked to get their side into a good position.
Leaf hit eight fours in his score of 40 but he was then also caught by Williams off the bowling of Aamir Ikram.
Ben Edward was then caught by Michael Jones off the bowling of Owain Phillips.
Robert Bowen hit two fours and a six in his score of 18 but he was then bowled by Jones as Llanelli were reduced to 102-4.
It did not get much better for the visitors from then on as Matthew Jones had Rees caught by Williams on a score of 40.
He then had Alex Symmons caught by Williams on a duck before also trapping Aled Gilley leg before.
That brought the score to 108-7 and it was soon 109-8 as David Richard was bowled by Simon Clement.
Clement also bowled Vaughan Thomas before Jac Rees and Carwyn Phillips shared 16 runs for the final wicket.
Phillips was then run out as Llangennech were set just 130 to win the game.
Llangennech lost Scott Lloyd early in their reply when he was caught by Iwan Rees off the bowling of Alex Symmons.
However, a stand of 73 between Matthew Jones and James Taube all but secured the win for the home side.
Taube hit seven fours and three sixes in his score of 55 from 32 balls but he was then bowled by Aled Gilley.
Jones had hit three fours in his score of 24 but he was then caught by Vaughan Thomas off the bowling of Rees.
Rees then trapped Hedd-Wyn Jones leg before to leave Llangennech on 107-4 but Llanelli were unable to take any further wickets.
David Williams and Chris Hickey hit three fours each as they finished unbeaten on scores of 20 and 15 respectively to see their side over the line with time to spare.
With other sides seeing their games abandoned, the win lifts Llangennech up to sixth place in the table, 17 points above now second from bottom Briton Ferry Steel.
On Saturday (Aug 17), Llanelli will look to get back to winning ways when they take on second placed Tata Steel while Llangennech travel to bottom of the table Gowerton.
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