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Luke Jones: Scored Llanelli’s only goal (Pic. Keith Griffiths)

Luke Jones: Scored Llanelli’s only goal (Pic. Keith Griffiths)

Welsh League Division Two

Llanelli Town 1

West End 3

FOLLOWING on from their grim showing at Pontardawe Town seven days previously, the Reds compounded that with yet another abysmal defensive showing against opponents they had swatted aside 5-0 in the away fixture at Pryderi Park in October.

On this evidence, there is little hope of achieving the club`s aim of promotion to Division One, and on this showing could well turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

The chances created by both sides probably ran into double figures, but some incredible misses meant the scoreline remained at a reasonable level throughout.

The Reds made a number of changes to the starting line-up with Ian Evans and Bruno Forkuoh unavailable, with Robert Thomas filling in at right back and Jandir Zola making his first start.

West End keeper Luke Fleming was called into early action, just managing to keep out a Lee Bevan header when he connected with a Richard Lewis free kick, before the visitors countered with Alex Ramsay in the Reds’ goal doing well to block a fierce effort on target by Richard Brain when Delano Tortortella set up the chance.

A Thomas cross to the far post led to Fleming saving low down from Declan John, and when Nathan Logan broke clear up the right, he got to the line but screwed his finish harmlessly over for a goal kick.

The visitors were then afforded a great chance of taking the lead when the ball deflected off Jamie Evans into the path of Tortortella but Ramsay comfortably held his weak finish.

At the other end, Logan was equally guilty of spurning a gilt-edged chance when a Bevan clearance was helped on by to him by Luke Jones, but he dragged his finish wide with only the keeper to beat.

Play continued to fluctuate from end to end, with Ramsay again denying Tortortella when Ryan Thomas set him up, and the visiting striker again failed to convert with a header from close range following a cross into the goalmouth.

Against the run of play, the Reds eventually broke the deadlock on 32 minutes with Jones being given the opportunity to run on to a ball through the middle, and on this occasion the finish gave Fleming no chance into the bottom corner.

Despite this setback, West End were still well in the contest continuing to pose plenty of problems for their opponents, and when a ball over the top led to Thomas making tracks towards goal, Ramsay was forced off his line and brought down the player, leading to a caution and perhaps lucky not to have seen red.

Jones volleyed over the visitor’s bar from a promising position when a John corner was only partially cleared, but on the stroke of half time the equaliser that had been on the cards arrived when a free kick into the goalmouth found Chris Hole who was unchallenged to head home from close range.

All square at the interval, the home side were the first to offer a threat with a Lewis free kick forcing Fleming to turn it over, and a saving tackle by Gareth Howarth prevented Jones homing in on goal.

Zola was replaced by Osian Harries and Anton Owens came on for Matthew Hughes as the Reds searched for a second success, and within minutes of his arrival Owens was presented with two glorious chances of doing this but shot wide on both occasions with the goal gaping and only Fleming to beat.

These misses were to come back to haunt the hosts as West End struck twice within the space of eight minutes, with Tortortella eventually making up for his earlier failures by getting both.

In the 70th minute he was played through a porous rear-guard before slotting past Ramsay, and got on the scoresheet again after 78 minutes, being allowed far too much time to turn before beating the Reds` keeper from the edge of the box.

With the two-goal cushion, the visitors easily saw out the remainder of the time to leave their opponents a dispirited outfit with plenty to ponder over where it all went wrong. The Reds are on the road next Friday evening when they travel to meet Llanwern with a 7.45 p.m. kick off.

Teams:

Llanelli Town: Ramsay; Thomas; Lewis; Zola (Harries, 58); J. Evans; Bevan; Wade; John; Logan (Martin, 85); Jones; Hughes (Owens, 62). Sub Not Used: Berry.

West End: Fleming; Poutchadis; Whitelock; Hole; O`Brien (Davies, 62); Howarth; Eames (Gowen, 79); Thomas; Tortortella; Brain; Smith; Sub Not Used: Griffiths.

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Dafen see off Porthcawl

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DAFEN Seconds earned their sixth win of the season on Saturday (Jul 6) as they beat Porthcawl by 75 runs.

Porthcawl won the toss and elected to field and they were able to bowl Dafen out for 182.

Opener Oliver Evans made a score of 19 and Chris Randell scored 25 as a number of Dafen batsmen made good starts.

Jonathan Griffiths scored 22 and there were also scores of 15 from Tom Lavender and 16 from Luke Dunning.

Matthew Thomas made a late score of 18 while Andrew Randell top scored with 43 runs.

Nicholas Morgan was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets for the loss of 30 runs from his 6.3 overs.

Mark Bevan also bowled well to finish with figures of 3-37.

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That set Porthcawl 138 to win but they lost a number of batsmen for single figure scores as they struggled to put runs on the board.

Andrew Randell had Nicholas Morgan caught by Jac Morgan and Matthew Thomas had Rhodri Phillips caught by Chris Randell.

Chris Richards made a score of 13 before he was bowled by Rhys Marchant who then also bowled Rob Warren and had David Lewis caught by Chris Randell, both for ducks.

Tim Richards also fell for a duck when he was caught off the bowling of Matthew Thomas.

Mark Lewis had scored 25 but he also fell to the bowling of Marchant.

Steffan Flood also scored 25 before he was bowled by Chris Randell and Joshua Aubrey added 20 late on before he also fell to the bowling of Randell.

That meant that Porthcawl were all out for 107, giving Dafen seconds an excellent win.

On Saturday (Jul 13), Dafen seconds are away to local rivals Llanelli seconds.

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Rees century sees Llanelli to win

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LLANELLI’s Iwan Rees scored a century on Saturday (Jul 6) to help his side to victory over Briton Ferry Steel.

Briton Ferry won the toss and elected to bat but they were restricted to 186-8 in their innings.

Steven Devonald struck early on to remove Evan Hynes but Lloyd Clement and Jamie Griffiths shared 44 runs for the second wicket.

Jac Rees had Griffiths caught by Craig Howells on a score of 24 and soon after Craig Evans was bowled by Aled Gilley for a duck.

Clement had made a score of 41 but when he was bowled by Rees, the Steel found themselves on 81-4.

That soon became 88-5 as Steve Maddock was caught by Marcus Leaf off the bowling of Gilley.

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Iwan Rees then had Steffan Evans caught by Howells and Rhys Norgrove fell in similar fashion.

Jason Hughes and Thomas Williams shared 56 runs for the eighth wicket as they looked to give their side a total to defend.

On the last ball Williams was caught by Rees off the bowling of Gilley on a score of 24 which left Hughes not out on 67.

Llanelli openers Iwan Rees and Ioan Phillips shared 42 runs for the first wicket before Phillips was caught by Rhys Norgrove off the bowling of Jay Webb.

That was as good as it got for the Steel though as they were unable to claim any further wickets.

Craig Howells hit seven fours as he finished unbeaten on 53 while Rees starred with 14 fours to finish unbeaten on 104.

The win gives Llanelli 19 points and keeps them third in the table. On Saturday (Jul 13), they travel to local rivals Dafen.

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Daly makes special visit to Ashburnham

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TWO time Major Champion John Daly aka the “Wild Thing” paid a visit to Ashburnham Golf Club last weekend as part of the club’s 125th anniversary celebrations.

Daly fresh from a top 5 finish on the USPGA Senior tour entertained the crowds with some extraordinary shot making during an exhibition match involving members and local businesses.

Following golf JD took part in a Q&A and rounded off the night in style by joining in with local band “The Lost Comets”.

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Ian Thomas, Club Captain was thrilled with the day and said that the occasion was truly memorable and a fantastic way to celebrate the club’s 125th anniversary.

John Daly himself was full of praise for Ashburnham: “I loved the course, the people and the back 9 layout in particular was just awesome.”

Television highlights of the day were aired on S4C’s Heno programme Monday, July 1.

John Daly won the PGA Championship in 1991 and the Open Championship in 1995.

The 53-year-old also has 18 professional wins to his name.

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