Undy Athletic 3
Llanelli Town 0
THE OLD ADAGE ‘a game of two halves’ could certainly be applied to the Reds` visit to The Causeway, a s they took on a home side already assured of promotion to Division One next season.
They dominated the first half, but despite creating a number of decent chances just could not find the incisive finish that, if taken, could well have turned the game in their favour.
James Smallcombe in the Undy goal was by far the busier of the goalkeepers, with his opposite number, Steve Stone, not having a shot to save up to the interval.
However, it was a different story after the restart, and after the award of a penalty to the hosts ten minutes into the second period, it was all downhill after that, and two further goals sealed the visitors` fate.
After a quiet start with neither side looking particularly menacing, the Reds created the opening chance with Bruno Forkuoh finding Liam Samuel who in turn squared a pass into the path of Robert Thomas, but his strike on target was cleared out of the goalmouth and eventually put over for a corner.
As the half progressed, the Reds were still enjoying most of the possession, the only home threat coming from a clearance up the right which led to Daniel Jarman outpacing Lee Bevan, but he dragged his finish across the face of the net and over for a goal kick.
Bevan was then cautioned by referee Leigh Jones for bundling over Jarman just outside the box, but at the other end a long range effort by Mark Napieralla bounced wickedly in front of Smallcombe who just managed with difficulty to push it around the post.
Samuel then also tried his luck from distance, but this time it was deflected for a corner, and he went close again shortly after with another well struck shot.
These near misses would come back to haunt the visitors when the game restarted, as within ten minutes they found themselves trailing following a challenge by Jandir Zola on Marcus Power which brought down the Undy player in the area, and referee Jones pointed to the spot.
The kick was taken by James Barnes who gave Stone no chance with his finish down the middle of the goal and put the home side into a somewhat undeserving lead.
Zola was replaced by Bartolome Bauza shortly after, but within ten minutes of the penalty award Undy struck again through Nathan Woods, who set off on a run which took him across the edge of the box before unleashing a well struck finish beyond Stone.
The Reds made another change with Leon Martin coming on for Thomas, but they found themselves even further behind just five minutes later when a corner directed low to the near post deflected off a visiting player, giving Stone no chance of keeping it out.
With the contest slipping away from them, Nick Holmes was introduced in place of Richard Lewis and there were no further disasters up to the final whistle, and in fact they went close to snatching a consolation goal when a Matthew Hughes attempt deflected fractionally over the bar.
A disappointing final outcome for the Reds who had beaten their opponents in March at Stebonheath, but with just one game remaining, they can look forward to next season when no doubt they will again be among the front-runners.
Undy Athletic: Smallcombe; Woods; Thompson; Parry; Aherne (Rathbone, 78); Clayton; Trajtel; Barnes (Heywood, 78); Power (Hooper, 81); Jarman; Jones.
Subs not used: Furman; Davies.
Llanelli Town: Stone; Bevan; Lewis (Holmes, 82); Zola (Bauza, 63); Evans; Napieralla; R. Jones; R. Thomas (Martin, 69); Hughes; Samuel; Forkuoh.
Subs not used: Harries; C. Thomas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Daly makes special visit to Ashburnham
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”.
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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