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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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Raiders seal first ever win




West Wales Raiders 44

Coventry Bears 16

Lucas Marshall, Stebonheath Park,

A LATE rally by Coventry Bears was not enough to deny a jubilant West Wales Raiders their first-ever win at the 45th time of asking.

The old South Wales Ironmen tasted victory against Gloucestershire All Golds in the first match played at Stebonheath Park back in July 2017, but never before have the side won under the Raiders banner. And it was certainly worth the wait as the Raiders dominated much of the game against a Bears side that doesn’t have the best record when travelling to South Wales. The other game the Ironmen won in 2017 was against Coventry, whilst the Bears only won by 10 points at Llanelli last season.

Dewi Billingham made his Coventry debut while trialist Zak Williams made his first appearance since returning to the Bears. But both former Raiders stars were unable to come back to haunt their former employers.

Try time: Raiders celebrate another try. Photo by Darren Harries

Much of the damage was done in the first half with the Raiders taking control from the kick-off and eventually going in 20-0 up at the break.

It took only six minutes for Raiders to break the Bears defence when good work down the left put Dalton Desmond-Walker in for the opener. Phil Cowburn added the extras but was off target just moments later after Ash Bateman was on the end of some quick passing to go in on the right.

When Morgan Evans went in for the Raiders third, again converted by Cowburn, their loyal band of supporters started to believe they were on course for victory.

It could have been even worse for the Bears, but strong defence saw them hold the visitors up over the line on three occasions mid-way through the half. Although there was no denying Archie Snook with one of the final plays of the half after Welsh International Steve Parry had split the Bears defence to put the centre through. Cowburn once again failed with the conversion but the Raiders still celebrated their most positive 40 minutes in almost two years.

After the break, it was the Bears who struck first through Reece Rance, but any hopes of a comeback were soon extinguished by three quick-fire tries.

First, former Bears player Mitch Shaw scooted over, before Bateman and Snook both got their second try of the afternoon to all but secure the victory for the Llanelli-based outfit.

Parry then went in for the Raiders’ eighth try of the day to put the icing on a long-awaited cake.

But the Bears were by no means done and added two further tries of their own to make the scoreline look a little less dominate than the game suggested.

Tries from Errol Carter and South Wales youth system graduate Cobi Green, along with two Joe Sanderson conversions rounded off the scoring for the visitors.

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Dafen see off Porthcawl




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.

Photos by Darren Harries

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




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.

Photo by Darren Harries

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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