AFC Porth 4
Llanelli Town 0
WHEN THE sides met in early January at Stebonheath, the Reds cruised to a comfortable 4-0 win, but the tables were turned with a vengeance in the return as another shambolic display by the visitors saw them slump to defeat by the same scoreline.
Each Reds performance of late has become more embarrassing with every game as they struggle to overcome opponents who, certainly last season, they would have comfortably seen off and by a large margin.
At present, however, they seem incapable of putting on a half-decent display with a lethargy seemingly having suffused the entire squad, and if it had not been for a decent start to the season, on current form they would be looking at a swift return to division three.
A scrappy opening quarter produced little in the way of a threat to either goal, before the home side were forced into a change on 19 minutes with an injury to Nathan Parsons, his place being taken by Nathan Doe and who proved to be the match-winner, notching a hat-trick, to go with a strike by Stuart Brock.
Robert Thomas directed a shot on the turn over the Porth goal, and when Liam Samuel sent a free kick into the goalmouth, keeper Ben Fletcher did a juggling act before finally grasping it with Bruno Forkuoh waiting to take advantage of any error.
Doe directed his header from a Jason Davies corner on to the roof of the net, while at the other end; Forkuoh went close, just failing to find the target when Thomas set up the chance.
A further Davies corner was met by Nyron Bird, but a good defensive block forced another flag kick.
On the stroke of half time, Porth took the lead when yet another Davies corner was met by Doe who headed it down into the path of Brock who then drove it firmly past Alex Ramsay in the Reds`goal.
The visitors were the first on the offensive after the restart with Jandir Zola forcing Fletcher to push clear his strike from distance, but Ramsay proved to be the busier of the two keepers, twice having to come off his line to clear from both Adrian Hughes and then Doe when they made ground towards goal.
Ten minutes into the half, the hosts extended their lead when a Davies free kick was driven low into the box where Doe reacted first to get the connection past Ramsay.
With the contest already seemingly slipping away from them, the Reds conceded a further two within a three minute spell, with Doe meeting a near post centre from Hughes to head home in the 64th minute, and he struck again on 67 minutes, skipping through a wide open defence before steering his finish beyond Ramsay.
The woes of the visitors lengthened further when Mark Napieralla was forced off injured, and with all three substitutes having been used they were forced to play out the closing stages with ten men.
Lee Bevan forced Fletcher to safely gather his long distance strike, but this was about the only threat on the Porth goal, and another calamitous afternoon drew to a close, leaving the visitors with much to ponder as to where they go from here.
AFC Porth: Fletcher; Williams; Parsons (Doe, 19; Veale, 82); Bird; Luck; Vivers; Taylor; J. Davies (Amos, 75); Brock; Hughes; Dwyer
Subs not used: Moses; M. Davies.
Llanelli Town: Ramsay; Bevan; I. Evans; Zola (Hughes, 64); J. Evans; Napieralla; Samuel; Thomas; Jones (Logan, 52); John (Stone, 71); Forkuoh
Subs not used: Bauza; Harries.
Scarlets’ grassroots clubs show community spirit in delivering vital food packages
Scarlets community clubs have been working together to help deliver vital food packages across the region.
Volunteers from grassroots clubs and WRU girls hubs across Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire have been helping take the food packages to vulnerable members of society who are self-isolating during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The clubs have teamed up with the Scarlets Community Foundation — the charity arm of the Scarlets — and Carmarthen-based food wholesaler Castell Howell, while Scarlets players Osian Knott, Kieran Hardy, Ryan Conbeer and Jac Morgan have also lent their hand to the operation.
More than 300 packages were due to be delivered on Monday and Tuesday (April 6 & April 7), with the initiative highlighting that even without any action on the field, rugby clubs remain at the heart of their community.
Scarlets Community Foundation manager Caroline Newman said: “We have been overwhelmed with the support that we have received from local clubs, the number of people prepared to volunteer to help the most vulnerable in our communities has been touching.
“People’s reasons for requesting packs have often been heart-wrenching and it really has made us appreciate what we have.
“The foundation has worked closely with Castell Howell to make sure the packages are ready to go to those whose need is greatest, managing to turn things around pretty quickly and I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in making this happen, our funder, Castell Howell, all the clubs, our helpline volunteer and the foundation members.
“Great teamwork which has made me proud to be part of the fantastic community that rugby creates.”
Here are the rugby clubs and WRU girls rugby hubs taking part in the initiative
Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Amman Utd, Ammanford, Burry Port, Betws, Bynea, Cardigan, Cefneithin, Felinfoel, Fishguard & Goodwick, Furnace Utd, Haverfordwest, Kidwelly, Llandeilo, Llandovery, Llandybie, Llanelli Wanderers, Llangennech, Llangwm, Merched Mynydd Mawr, Milford Haven, Narberth, New Dock Stars, Newcastle Emlyn, Neyland, Penybanc, Pontyates, St Clears, Stradey Sospans, Tenby Utd, Tumble, Tycroes, Whitland, Yr Hendy.
Wales v Scotland postponed
WALES’ Six Nations match at home to Scotland on Saturday has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The two other Six Nation fixtures had already been postponed and no date has been confirmed to complete the 2020 Championship.
The Welsh Rugby Union had insisted earlier on Friday the game would “go ahead as planned”.
A WRU statement read: “The Welsh Rugby Union has maintained an open dialogue with, and continued to seek advice and direction from, the National Assembly for Wales and other stakeholders, including the Six Nations, on this fast-moving issue.
“Whilst medical advice remains consistent, we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries.
“The WRU would like to thank all parties for their counsel on the subject and will make further announcements with respect to rescheduling the fixture in the coming days.
“Every effort has been made to stage this game and we appreciate that individuals will have been inconvenienced. Given the fluid and unprecedented nature of this issue a postponement became the only viable option.”
Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended
THE FOOTBALL Association of Wales has today (13 March) taken the decision to suspend domestic football at all levels in Wales with immediate effect until April 4 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The intention at this time will be to resume the football schedule depending on the medical advice and conditions from the relevant authorities at that time.
The FAW is fully aware of the impact this will have on the domestic game but the health and safety of all fans, players, volunteers and stakeholders are of paramount importance.
The FAW will continue to monitor this situation on a day-by-day basis and will continue to provide updates when appropriate.
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