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Town see off 9-man service

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Newport Civil Service 1
Llanelli Town 4

WITH the continued absence of Bruno Forkuoh with an abdominal strain, the Reds are finding it increasingly difficult to break down opponents from the leagues lower reaches. Whilst possessing plenty of talent in their ranks, the added skills and guile of Forkuoh would’ve made the last few weeks decidedly easier. As it was, the laboured win against Treowen was compounded by a less than convincing display against a home side who now find themselves welded to the foot of the table, following the withdrawal of Cardiff Grange Harlequins from the league.

The first half in particular was not great for the Reds, who barely tested goalkeeper Chris Jones, while their opponents took the lead with twentyone minutes on the clock, when some sloppy defending let in Tom Berry for a run on goal before finishing past Craig Richards. The visitors could have found themselves chasing the game even further with their opponents failing to capitalise on some half-chances, mostly from set-pieces.

Town’s limited attacking options ended with one attempt by Ross Jones, who shot off target following a build up involving Richard Lewis, Luke Jones and Anton Owens. However, after the shock of conceding the opening goal, they were soon back on level terms, although it did have an element of good fortune with a Steve Berry free kick driven into the area flicking off the head of a defender and past a helpless Jones. The bobbly playing surface was not conducive to a passing game, and route one was the preferred method of choice, but the home side seemed the most likely to score, and Berry might have done better when challenging Richards to a driven ball into the goalmouth by Jac Hardman, failing to make a clean contact with the keeper able to block and gather.

The games turning point came in first half stoppage time as Civil Service were reduced to ten men as David Mellon picked up his second caution from referee Gary Mabley. When the second period got underway, the Reds had reorganised the side with Steve Stone replacing Luke Jones and Richard Thomas now occupying a wide position on the right and Owens pushed up front. These changes proved to be effective, with Thomas putting them ahead within two minutes when his cross-come-shot to the far post deceived Jones and ended up in the net after being found by Mark Napieralla.

He was then involved in turning provider with a cross into the middle to the head of Owens which was just over the bar, while Thomas himself shot narrowly wide after making space on the edge of the box. With the game now firmly in their control, the visitors were given another opportunity of extending the lead with the award of a penalty when Owens was clattered by a combination of Jones and Gareth Wynsome when he pursued a ball into the area, with the latter becoming the second home player to be dismissed on 56 minutes. Lewis took the kick only for Jones to keep it out, but the rebound fell kindly to Thomas who made no mistake for his brace. Now comfortably ahead, the visitors could well have added to their tally on a number of occasions, with Stone seeing his header from a Thomas delivery come back off the post, but he got his reward in the 65th minute, forcing the ball home from close in after Napieralla had his initial attempt blocked. The Reds made a couple of changes before the close, with Rhys Powell and Kellan Jenkins replacing Lewis and Owens respectively, and they did create some further opportunities but could not cash in on them, but they will be happy with the result if not with their overall display. Next Saturday, Pontypridd Town are the visitors to Stebonheath with a 2.30 p.m. kick off, while on Wednesday, 1st April, they will host today`s opponents, Newport Civil Service, kick off 7.45 p.m.

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Behind the Scenes with West Wales Raiders & Llanelli Town AFC CEO Peter Tiffin

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EACH week we will take a look at what’s going on at both clubs with an insight from the CEO.

As most in sport know January is a busy time for clubs with the transfer window back open, last week saw both the Raiders and Reds welcome in new players and will be straight in to action for both sides before the end of the month.

It’s been a very difficult period with the spectator’s restrictions and the pausing in season for the Reds especially with the new managers coming in and beginning their time with the club with a win at Stebonheath Park.

Thankfully the restrictions are easing and next weekend both the Raiders and the Reds will be able to welcome back fans to our home of Stebonheath Park with home fixtures on Friday evening (Llanelli Town v Undy) & Sunday afternoon (West Wales Raiders v Swinton Lions).

This week has also seen a few new partnerships and one in particular was a launch to support a community project for lonely people to attend various events, both the Raiders & the Reds have offered tickets to all home games and our home bar will be working with the project on a fortnightly luncheon club.

To continue with new partnerships the Raiders decided this week that we would swap our sponsors logos with charities for a one off jersey which the players will play in against Swinton next week, I will be looking to work a lot closer with all 7 charities throughout the year and including both clubs in any events.

To finish off this week I wanted to add that Ethan George an up and coming local professional boxer who has plenty of talent will now be working a lot closer with myself, as a few of you may be aware that another professional boxer Angelo Dragone has worked very closely with both clubs and myself and we both will be working with Ethan to help him on his development within boxing.

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Leaders Trostre held to draw by Killay

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CARMARTHENSHIRE Premier Division leaders Trostre were held to an exciting 3-3 draw by Killay on Saturday (Jan 15).

Ben Lynch had put Killay ahead in the tenth minute but two goals in seven minutes from Ashton Jones turned the game around for the league leaders.

However, just four minutes later Liam Bennett equalised for the visitors.

The first half scoring wasnt done as Trostre regained the lead thanks to Rhys Griffiths.

That gave them a 3-2 lead at half time but they were dealt a blow early in the second half when Christopher Price-Williams was sent off for a second bookable offence.

It looked as if they were going to hold to their lead but five minutes from the end Brandon Davies scored to level the game.

The point for Killay moves them to within four points of second placed Pontlliw who were beaten 2-0 by Gorseinon Athletic on Saturday.

Matthew Hurford scored twice in the first half for Gorseinon to all but seal the win for his side.

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Loughor Rovers scored two late goals to seal victory against Burry Port.

Josh Element put Burry Port ahead midway through the first half but two minutes later Andrew Burt missed a penalty for Loughor.

The score remained 1-0 to the visitors until eight minutes from time when Michael Grimwade scored.

Burt then made amends for his penalty miss as he scored the winner in the 89th minute.

Seaside earned their third win in a row on Saturday as they beat Pengelli United 7-2 away from home.

Callum Thomas put Seaside ahead on seven minutes but three minutes later Reily Lewis levelled for Pengelli.

Tray Jenkins then put Seaside back in the lead but the home side hit back again as Luke Rees levelled the game at 2-2.

Ben Honeybun then put Seaside back in front and they held on to their 3-2 lead until half time.

Twenty minutes into the second half Ross Jones scored to make it 4-2 before they scored three late goals.

Leon Bonifacio scored twice in three minutes and Jones added his second in injury time to complete the scoring.

On Saturday, January 22, Trostre visit Loughor Rovers and Gorseinon Athletic host Burry Port.

Killay are at home as they take on Bwlch Rangers.

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Felinfoel reserves edge seven-goal thriller

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FELINFOEL Reserves moved up to sixth place in Carmarthenshire Reserve Division 2 on Saturday (Jan 15) as they beat Dafen Reserves 4-3.

Felinfoel were forced into a change early on but just a minute after coming Morgan Smith had put the home side ahead.

Nicky Morgan then put Felinfoel in a strong position as he double his side’s lead.

However, Dafen hit back with Rhys Winnett scoring ten minutes before half time and then a minute before the interval to level the game at 2-2.

Just four minutes into the second half Morgan grabbed his second goal of the game to put the home side back in the lead.

With just under 20 minutes to go, Dafen levelled once more as Matthew Davies found the back of the net.

It looked as if the game might finish all square but four minutes from time Morgan Harries scored what would prove to be the winner for Felinfoel.

Elsewhere in the Division, Tumble reserves beat Pontarddulais reserves 3-2 to leapfrog Dafen into second place.

Saturday’s only other game in the division saw Johnstown reserves run out 10-3 winners over Kidwelly reserves, with Jack Kluge scoring five times while Jack Starkey also scored a hat trick.

On Saturday, January 22, Dafen reserves host Johnstown reserves while Felinfoel hosts Loughor Rovers thirds.

Llangennech reserves are also in action as they face Pontarddulais Town reserves.

Photo by Darren Harries

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