WALKIN’ in the park just the other day, baby, what do you think I saw? Crowds of people sittin’ on the grass with flowers in their hair said, hey boy do you want to score?
They were not so much sitting on the grass as in the stands on Saturday (Jan 7) as visitors from the Midsts of Aberdare visited Stebonheath Park. The 2′ o’clock kick off was fortuitous. Any later and the game would surely have been called off due to the very poor visibility as a thick mist envelped Stebo.
And you know how it is? I really don’t know what time it was oh, oh. So I asked them if I could stay awhile. In fact The Herald stayed for the full 90 minutes as usual to watch The Reds play their first game for almost three weeks on the back of all that Christmas turkey.
Well you know they asked us to stay for tea and have some fun. Oh, oh, he said that his friends would all drop by, oh. Why don’t you take a good look at yourself and describe what you see. And baby, baby, baby, do you like it? What was there not to like? I saw a slippery surface and a full strength Llanelli Town squad lighting up the gloom with some dazzling football and two wonderful goals.
Aberdare did look threatening during the first half with some long ranging passes finding their strikers only to be hashed like a Christmas pudding left too long in the oven and the brandy still wet on Granddad’s Frosty the Snowman shirt. It was messy for quite a while until that jolly man in the red suit Lee Trundle received a gift of a pass from Joe Clarke, chested it onto his foot, lobbed it over the head of a defender and volleyed it passed the goalkeeper who up until that point had managed to keep the visitors in the game with some spectacular saves resembling a brand new limited edition Scalextric Le Mans track.
The second half aw Aberdare Clinton Forbes pulling off a number of great saves to deny some crackers on target from Jordan Follows, Joe Clarke and Jordan Davies. Unfortunately no cigars but the three wise footballers looked happy enough back at the inn toasting the goals of Lee Trundle and oh did I mention the one from Joe Clarke?
Despite close attention similar to that glamorous aunty gets from your next door neighbour on Christmas Eve Lee Trundle managed to break the Marley like chains and send a star quality ball over the Aberdare defence to the feet of Joe Clarke who put it away like Uncle Bill downs the whisky. The keeper didn’t get a sniff and with the mist descending to a point where The Herald couldn’t even see corner flag, nothing to do with the effects of tea suspiciously tasting of Rum from the Jock Stein Lounge of course, we packed up our bags for the Misty Mountains of Pontyates. Where the spirits go now. Over the hills where the spirits fly, oh, I really don’t know. The match ended Llanelli Town AFC 2 – Aberdare Town 0
The Reds welcome Abergavenny Town to Stebonheath tomorrow (Jan 14) in the quarter final of the League Cup, kick off is at 2pm.
Scarlets make five changes for European quarter-final
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.
Pembrey Country Park to host one of first post-lockdown events
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.”
Trundle and Robinson are back for another season with Ammanford AFC
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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