Caldicot Town 3
Llanelli Town 1
ABOUT the only positive the Reds can take from this third successive league defeat is at least they scored the best goal of the contest – a superb 25 yard strike by Sam Wade which levelled the scores at that stage.
This was about the only bright spot in an otherwise below par performance by the visitors with their opponents running out fairly comfortable winners, without showing too much invention themselves considering their current lofty league position.
The Reds also did not have too much luck, with the woodwork coming to the rescue of the home side three times, but they also failed miserably to place any serious pressure on stand-in keeper, Ashley Palmer, who came off the bench when home custodian Ben Davidson was forced off injured after just 16 minutes.
An early sortie by the visitors saw Bruno Forkuoh strike the top of the bar with his attempt, and when Anton Owens broke down the left, Palmer smothered his cross to the near post.
Tony Wallis then had a chance of putting Caldicot ahead when the ballwas directed into his path, but his finish lacked power and Alex Ramsay made a comfortable catch.
The Reds goal survived another close call when Wallis directed a shot on the turn just wide, before he opened his account on 36 minutes following an Olly Smith free kick driven low to the far post which led to a scramble before Wallis got the final contact.
A Richard Lewis set piece led to Jamie Evans glancing his header wide of the home net, and the bar came to the rescue of the hosts again when it was struck by a header from Declan John after Lee Bevan had helped on a Lewis delivery.
On the stroke of half time, good play by Luke Jones gave Wade the opportunity to direct a sweet strike beyond Palmer, and the Reds were the first to threaten after the break with Lewis just failing to find the target with an audacious effort from fully 35 yards.
At the other end, the dangerous Wallis went close with a header following a high clearance into the box, before the introduction of Ben Smith by the home side certainly added a new dimension to their play, and he should have put his them ahead when Smith set up the chance, but his finish was wayward.
He was involved in the second goal on 81 minutes, showing persistence in winning the ball in a tussle on the left before finding Wallis infield whose neat finish restored the advantage.
Wade was desperately unlucky with another superb effort from distance, which beat Palmer all ends up but rebounded off the underside of the bar and out to safety.
To add insult to injury, a minute from time Caldicot extended the lead when Keenan Perrett got to the near post and poked a hopeful ball into the goalmouth where it appeared to deflect off Bevan past Ramsay to just about sum up the Reds` afternoon.
Another difficult game awaits them on Saturday when they travel to take on league leaders Undy Athletic, kick off 2 p.m.
Davidson (Palmer, 16); Gidney; Watkins; Garey; James ©; Wenzel; Ross (Perrett, 68); Smith; Wallis; Slade (Smith, 56); Sharratt. Sub not used: Harvey.
Ramsay; I. Evans; Lewis; Thomas; J. Evans; Bevan ©; Wade; John (Hughes, 70); Jones (Martin, 70); Owens (Logan, 76); Forkuoh. Sub. not used; Zola.
Scarlets make five changes for European quarter-final
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.
Pembrey Country Park to host one of first post-lockdown events
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.”
Trundle and Robinson are back for another season with Ammanford AFC
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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