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Town end with derby defeat

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Cwmamman United 3

Llanelli Town 1

Rob Thomas: Hit the bar

Rob Thomas: Hit the bar

TWO GOALS by former Llanelli Town striker Jordan follows and another from Stephen Hughes, saw the home side triumph in the final league game of the season between the near neighbours.

In reply, the visitors could only manage to muster one through Ross Jones, but overall they can have few complaints, as they were second best for much of the time, seldom testing Mark Snell in the home goal.

The Reds made a number of changes to the starting line-up, with Jack Dale taking over from midfielder Steve Stone in goal, while there were returns by Chris Thomas and Luke Jones, although recent foot surgery excluded Liam Samuel.

Cwmamman got off to a flying start with a goal within the opening two minutes following a pass by Chris Thomas back to Dale, but in attempting to clear, and under pressure from Follows, he got into a terrible tangle and the ball eventually broke goalwards before trundling into the unguarded net.

Follows was then involved again, on this occasion sending a shot across the face of the goal when he was found by Hughes, before the Reds finally managed to put together an attack which culminated in Snell diverting a well struck effort by Bruno Forkuoh around the post.

They had better fortune after 15 minutes when they drew level with Ross Jones being picked out wide on the right by Stone before despatching his finish over Snell into the top corner.

However, their elation was short lived as ten minutes later their opponents regained the lead with Follows getting his brace after a David Brown pass fell into his path, and he beat Dale with a well struck effort into the far corner of the net.

When a long kick by Snell deflected off the head of Reds captain Lee Bevan, Follows was on hand to collect the loose ball, but this time he failed to find the target.

Just before the break, a deep cross by Robert Thomas on the left struck the home bar with Snell scrambling to meet it, but Cwmamman went into the second half with their narrow lead intact.

The visitors made changes during the interval, with Stone replacing Dale in goal and Bartolome Bauza coming on into midfield, and the stand-in keeper was soon in action, doing well to keep out a strike by Ashley Curtis.

When the visitors broke, Jamie Evans curled an attempt just wide of the home goal, while his free kick was smothered on the line by Snell.

Another Reds move led to Richard Lewis delivering a ball across the area which just failed to pick out Bauza, while at the other end a move involving Craig Spring and Hughes saw the latter send his finish inches past the far upright.

When Cwmamman were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box, Brown drove it goalwards where Stone managed to divert it clear but only as Hughes who promptly netted, but an offside flag cancelled this out.

This proved to be a temporary setback, as the home side struck again on 70 minutes with Hughes meeting a well flighted cross into the area and head over Stone.

With the contest slipping away from them, the Reds pushed forward and went close to reducing the deficit when a Lewis free kick into the goalmouth was cleared as far as Bauza whose shot was blocked on the line before Evans met the rebound, but his goalbound header was also scrambled away.

Brown sent another set piece just wide, but at the final whistle the home side ran out worthy winners, although both teams can take credit by finishing in respectable final positions in the table, with Cwmamman in sixth place and the Reds in seventh.

Teams:

Cwmamman United: Snell; Johns; John; Medwin; McNeil ©; Spring; Soroka; Hughes; Curtis (Matthews, 90); Follows (Saunders, 73); Brown.

Subs not used: Lloyd Evans; Rees; Jones (GK).

Llanelli Town: Dale (Stone, 46): (Bauza, 46); Napieralla; Lewis; C. Thomas; Bevan; R. Jones; R. Thomas; Evans; Forkuoh (Hughes, 64); L. Jones (Zola, 88).

Subs not used; Holmes; Martin.

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Scarlets make five changes for European quarter-final

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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.

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Pembrey Country Park to host one of first post-lockdown events

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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.”

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Trundle and Robinson are back for another season with Ammanford AFC

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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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