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Town show their class at last



Welsh League Division Two

Llanelli Town 1

Undy Athletic 0

Richard Lewis: Scored the games only goal

Richard Lewis: Scored the games only goal

HOSTING the league leaders who arrived at Stebonheath boasting just two losses to date, the Reds rose to the challenge in great style, and a fine all-round performance produced a wellearned win at the final whistle.

Following on from their much improved display in midweek against Cwmamman United, the home side went up a couple of notches, matching their opponents all over the pitch, displaying a welcome togetherness which at times has been lacking during the course of the season.

The Undy goal was subjected to an early threat, with Steve Stone directing his header from a Richard Lewis corner on to the roof of the net, and when Luke Jones crossed a ball into the visitors` box, there were appeals for a penalty for a handling offence, but referee Bryn Jones waved these away.

A lofted free kick by their opponents led to Reds’ keeper Alex Ramsay doing well to push over a strike from Dan Bailey, before a counter led to a chip by Robert Thomas intended for Luke Jones, but he was just beaten to the ball by Undy keeper James Smallcombe.

Ross Jones brought off a crucial tackle on Gareth Collimore when he threatened to break clear down the Reds` left flank, but it was the home side who went closest to a score following a Mark Napieralla free kick which was initially cleared only as far as Stone, and his well struck effort cannoned off the post with Smallcombe beaten.

Undy retaliated, and a great run by Dan Jarman took him past several challenges before he was brought down by Lee Bevan, leading to a caution for the Reds’ captain.

Scoreless at the interval, the home side were the first out of the blocks after the restart, with Luke Jones doing well to make progress tight to the goal line before squaring the ball into the middle, but Smallcombe managed to snuff out the danger.

He was in action again shortly after, diverting over a fierce effort by Bruno Forkuoh when he ghosted past his marker, before the home side finally reaped the benefits of their hard graft.

A handball on the edge of the Undy area resulted in a free kick, and Lewis stepped up to hammer it low into the bottom corner after 58 minutes.

Having taken the lead, it was the turn of the Reds to be subjected to pressure by the visitors, and they survived a close call when Marcus Power found space before directing his attempt past the oncoming Ramsay towards the unguarded net, but the ball rebounded off the foot of the post with Lewis on hand to complete a clearance.

They then survived a further scare following a corner by Power, which led to a header coming back off the crossbar.

When Collimore was played in on goal, Ramsay came off his line and appeared to handle the ball outside the box, but after a consultation with his assistant, the referee showed only a yellow card.

From the resulting free kick by Power, the Reds` keeper brought off a great save by diverting it over the bar, and with Undy still pushing forward in an attempt to level matters, the home goal came under threat but stood firm.

The final whistle came with the home side elated that they had managed to contain their highly rated opponents, and this result should do wonders for their confidence in the remaining fixtures.


Llanelli Town: Ramsay; Napieralla; Lewis; Stone (Zola, 75); J. Evans; Bevan; Bauza; Forkuoh; L. Jones (Hughes, 75); Thomas; R. Jones (Samuel, 67).

Subs not used: Evans; Owens.

Undy Athletic: Smallcombe; D. Jarman; Thompson; Parry; Roberts; Heywood; Aherne; Bailey (A. Jarman); Power; Collimore; Clayton.

Subs not used: Hegarty; James; Binning.

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Foel’s Championship dream halted



FELINFOEL’s hopes of promotion to the WRU Championship were brought to an end on Sunday (May 12) as they were beaten in the play-offs by Ystalyfera.

Ystalyfera had won the first leg 34-28 on their home soil but Felinfoel were still very much in the tie and they had the backing of an 800-strong home crowd in the reverse fixture. Fans packed in to the ground and they witnessed an epic encounter.

Felinfoel held the lead at one time but their opponents hit back to seal a 20-30 win to win overall by 64 points to 48.

Felinfoel played some attractive rugby during the first half with wingers Eray Wilson and Elliot Dawe scoring tries wide out one of which was converted by Aled Roberts. Ystalyfera scored a penalty and a converted try making the half time score 12 points to 10.

Photos by Darren Harries

The second half opened brightly for Felinfoel with Roberts kicking a penalty and Wilson scoring a further try. With the score at 20 points to 10, matters were looking favourable for the home team.

It was at this stage that the Ystalyfera forwards took complete control of the match denying Felinfoel of any possession for the final 20mins of the match. With a strong scrummage and dynamic driving maul they continued to exert pressure onto the home team.

Ystalyfera were rewarded with a further two converted tries, penalty goal and drop goal and deserved their victory 20 points to 30, and promotion to the championship.

Both teams are to be congratulated in the way in which the game was played. Both sides gave their all and provided an entertaining encounter.

Both sets of supporters gave loud vocal support to each team and were sporting throughout the match.

At the end of the match Felinfoel coach Mike King who is leaving after two years in charge was given a rousing send off by players and supporters alike.

After the game Felinfoel took to twitter saying: “After another successful season, it’s time to say thank you. Thank you to all sponsors for supporting the club throughout the season once again. Without you we would not exist. Thank you to all the supporters who have been with us through thick and thin.

“Lastly, thank you to head coach Mike King who will be leaving us. He has set the foundations of the club and has turned this club around for the better. All at Felinfoel RFC can’t thank you enough. We wish you all the best in the future.”

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Morgan marches seconds home



DAFEN Seconds earned the bragging rights over Llanelli Seconds on Saturday (May 11) as they cruised to an eight wicket win.

Dafen won the toss but elected to field and that looked to be a good decision as they bowled their opponents out for just 118 inside 22 overs.

Aadil Mukhtar finished with excellent figures of 5-21 while Oliver Evans supported well taking four wickets for the loss of 40 runs.

Needing just thirty overs of their reply, Dafen Seconds eased to victory as Jac Morgan finished not out on 64 to see his side over the line.

Photo by Darren Harries

The win for Dafen keeps them joint top of the table with Briton Ferry Town after two games while Llanelli sit bottom of Division 3 and are still searching for their first win.

On Saturday (May 18), Dafen Seconds are at home against Dyffryn while Llanelli Seconds are away to Neath thirds.

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Jones duo sink Bronwydd



LLANGENNECH earned their first win of the season on Saturday (May 11) as they beat Bronwydd by 14 runs in a low scoring game.

Llangennech won the toss and elected to bat but they lost Chris Hickey early on when he was caught by Jacob Jenkinson off the bowling of Colin Tucker.

Matthew Jones scored 11 before he was caught and bowled by Tucker before David Williams was caught by Tom Gleeson off the bowling of Matthew Vaughan for a score of 14.

James Taube made the same score but was then caught by Phillip Howell off the bowling of Dafydd Morgan. Morgan also bowled Martin Gregory to leave Llangennech on 83-5.

Opener Scott Lloyd’s score of 30 had come off 127 balls and he was eventually caught by Vaughan off the bowling of Callum Collins-Davies.

Richard Clement was the third Llangennech batsman to make a score of 14 before getting out as he was caught by Jenkinson off the bowling of Gleeson.

Michael Jones was then run out before Gleeson claimed his second wicket as he had Simon Clement caught by Oliver Furneaux.

Vaughan then wrapped up the innings as he had Bav Patel caught by James Cale to leave Llangennech all out on 124. Photo by Darren Harries

Bronwydd’s opening pair of James Cale and Philip Howell shared 15 runs but Howell was out for a score of 8 to the bowling of Michael Jones.

Oliver Furneaux was next to fall when he was trapped leg before by Matthew Jones on a score of 11.

Chris Hickey then gave Owain Phillips his first wicket as he caught Jacob Jenkinson and the bowler then claimed his second as he had Cale caught by David Williams on a score of 17.

That left Bronwydd on 44-4 but Iwan Davies and Dafydd Morgan shared 40 runs for the fifth wicket to keep their side in the game.

Davies hit three fours and a six in his knock of 33 but he was then trapped leg before by Michael Jones. He then also bowled Callum Collins-Davies for a duck to reduce Bronwydd to 84-6.

Matthew Jones then had Dafydd Morgan caught on a score of 8 before then trapping Tom Gleeson leg before.

Hickey then took two more catches of Matthew Vaughan and Colin Tucker to give Matthew Jones his five-wicket haul and Bronwydd were all out for 110.

Gareth John had finished not out on 18 but it wasn’t enough for victory for the visitors.

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