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Misty Stebo Hop

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Clinton ForbesWALKIN’ 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.

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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?

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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.

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Dafen seal dramatic win over Evans and Williams

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DAFEN picked up only their third win in the West Wales Premier League on Saturday (Jan 22) as a 102nd minute goal from Joe Bowen gave them a 3-2 victory.

After an even start it was Dafen who broke the deadlock as Lennon Evans scored shortly before the half hour mark.

It remained 1-0 to the visitors until the 73rd minute when Alex Goddard scored to double Dafen’s lead.

With seven minutes to go the hosts were awarded a penalty and Mark Howells made no mistake to bring his side back in the game.

On 90 minutes Dafen manager Richard Stephens was sent off by the referee and just four minutes later Bruno Forkuoh scored to level the game for the home side.

The drama wasn’t over there though as in the eleventh minute of injury time, Evans and Williams’ Phillip Tinnuche was also sent off.

And there was still time for Bowen to score the winning goal, in the 12th minute of time added on, sparking joyous scenes amongst the players.

Dafen remain second bottom but they now sit two points behind ninth placed Morriston Town.

Defeat for Evans and Williams sees them slip behind West Wales Premier League leaders Penlan, who won again on Saturday.

On Saturday, January 29, Dafen host Giants Grave while Evans and Williams travel to Seven Sisters Onllwyn.

PHOTO by Darren Harries

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Burry Port hold off Milford to maintain unbeaten record

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BURRY PORT secured their fourth win in as many games on Saturday (Jan 22) as they beat Milford Haven 24-17 at The Observatory.

It was a frantic first half which saw Burry Port take a 24-12 lead into the break and despite a second half try from the home side, the Blacks were able to hang on for the win.

Tries for the Blacks came from Rich Parker, Josh Evans, Dylan Evans and Tom Rees.

Steff Powell was successful with two of four conversion attempts.

Milford had one try from Jamie Lewis and Dan McClelland with one conversion giving the hosts some hope of a second half comeback.

Zac France-Miller pulled an unconverted try back for the Mariners but they were unable to find another score despite their efforts.

The Blacks held on and their bonus-point win moves them up to fifth place in the League 2 West table and maintains their 100% record.

The Mariners earned a bonus point for their efforts which moves them up to third from bottom in the table.

On Saturday, January 29, Burry Port host Loughor while Milford Haven are away to Kidwelly.

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Llanelli Snooker League: Convincing win for Burry Port Legion

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BURRY PORT Legion notched a convincing 6-1 victory in the Llanelli Snooker first division against visiting Pontyberem Workmens.

Following frame wins from Rob Davies, Richard Nurse, Garnet Lane, Keri Phillips and James White (40 break); just Emyr Bowen’s frame averted the whitewash.

Snooker World Whites were 5-2 winners against Llanelli Cons, after Jamie Gimblett, Callum Jackson, Sam Hinton and Ben Thomas had won.

Dai Roberts and Ashley Edwards claimed frames for Matchroom Whites in a 5-2 reversal against Llanesco, for whom Luke Lloyd, Peter Shoulder, Dale Bohn and Chris Lloyd were on song.

Nicky Walters, Mark Hughes and J.Shields were on top for Upper Tumble Blues who saw off a man-short Ponthenri Social 5-2; Nigel Lewis and Mark Regola replied.

Burry Port Reading Room Blues, for whom Adrian Gower, Steve Greaney and Neil Roberts (25) won, needed the aggregate to edge a 4-3 victory at Morfa, whose winning trio were Rob Hughes, Andrew Hatto and Gavin Lewis.

Elsewhere, Pontyberem Workmens’ also required the extra point to nick a 4-3 success against Trimsaran, after Keri Davies (35 clearance break), Kevin Sullivan and Mike Footman had won; Lewis Lloyd, Jamie Tudor and Wayne Thomas won for Trim.

Cross Hands B overcame Gorseinon Workmens’ 4-3, following wins from Adrian Phillips, Mal Jones and Paul Martin; for the Brighton Road side, Mike Davies, Johnny Wilcox and Jordan Davies were on the ball.

In Division 2, Jeff Howells, Scott Bunford, Elwyn Williams and Adam Rees gave Cross Hands A a 5-2 win at Pontarddulais Cons B; Bont’s frame winners were Mark Aberstraw (40 break) and Rob Davey.

Huw Morgan, Howard Wood, Steve Pearson and Brian Jenn earned the bragging rights for Llandybie Social B in the village derby against Llandybie RFC, whose winning duo were Shane Wright (22 clearance) and Joshua Jordan.

Upper Tumble Reds suffered a 7-0 thumping away at the Gremlin Club; for the latter, Ray Barney (33 clearance), Alex Jenson (25), Ryan Burt, Kevin Gronow, Lee Collins and Gavin Stollery were all on top.

Meanwhile, J.Townsend’s frame win avoided the dreaded brush as Bryn & Trallwm crashed 6-1 at the hands of Snooker World Blues; for the Ammanford cuemen, Linden Cox, C.Waters, A.Jones, Callum Fuge and S.Rees all won.

New Lodge edged home 4-3 against Matchroom Blacks, courtesy of Roy Morgan, Andrew John and Gary Williams; Thomas Williams, James Anthony and Adrian Davies hit back for the visitors.

Paul Landek and James Varney were CGMD ‘s winning pair as the Fishermens’ went down 5-2 on their trip to Tycroes RFC; for the rugby club, Marc Walters, Steve Ruck, Arwyn Rees and Ffion Jones claimed the points.

In Cup news, Gremlins defeated New Lodge 4-3, while Reading Room Reds knocked out Bryn. Matchroom Reds beat Burry Port Legion 4-3, whereas Upper Tumble Social went out 4-1 at the hands of Matchroom Whites.

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