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Trim set up top-two clash after beating Stars

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TRIMSARAN set up a top of the table clash with Furnace United next Saturday as they beat New Dock Stars 26-11.

New Dock Stars kicked off Saturday’s (Oct 2) game in tough conditions. From the kick off Trimsaran made an early break through 2nd row Lee Thomas who popped inside to Number 8 Steff Roberts who lost the ball just inside the Dock 22.

For the next 10 minutes Trim kept possession and it was only for some good defending and handling errors in the difficult conditions which kept Trim the wrong side of the try line.

Trim did take the lead after 15 minutes though with a penalty from outside half Corey Phillips.

Now it was Docks’ turn to turn pressure into points and helped by some ill-discipline from Trimsaran Dock were awarded three penalties which they opted to kick for goal converting two of them to take a 6-3 lead with half time approaching.

Trim started to find some rhythm now after falling behind and after kicking a penalty to the corner centre Lee Bates found his way around the Dock defenders and touched down in the corner for the opening try of the game. The conversion was unsuccessful but Trim retook the lead.

There was another chance for Trim just before half time but another handling error left the half time score 6-8 to the visitors with plenty to talk about as the penalty count was rising massively against Trim.

The message at half time seemed to work as Trim started the second half in good spirits and trying to spread the ball wide in difficult conditions.

Trim set a driving maul from a line out and marched their way to the Dock Stars tryline with Steff Roberts claiming the try.

Dock hit back instantly after charging down a clearance kick they spread the ball wide and scored in the corner through their winger. With the score at 11-13, it set up a tense final 20 minutes.

Trim started to control possession and territory again now and some superb handling by the forwards and backs saw full back Rhys Evans touch down in the corner. With the conversion unsuccessful it was still a 1 try game at 11-18.

Trim held out the Dock attack with some strong defence and after winning a penalty on the half way line they opted to kick for the corner, winning the lineout they were awarded another penalty in kicking range which was successfully converted to make it a 10 point gap with 10 minutes remaining.

Trim were looking to get that 4th try to give them a crucial bonus point and with 2 minutes left they successfully got it after some strong ball carrying from the forwards and some fine hands from the backs saw Curtis Owen caught just short before Steff Roberts with a strong carry burst through and secured the fourth try and the bonus point.

The full time whistle blew with the final score New Dock Stars 11-26 Trimsaran.

It sets up a huge local derby on Saturday, October 9, as Furnace travel to Trimsaran holding a lead of just a point over their rivals.

Furnace sit top having played 5 games on 20 points with Trimsaran in second on 19 points having played 4 games.

Photo by Darren Harries

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Shingler set to make 200th appearance for Scarlets

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SCARLETS’ Aaron Shingler is set to make his 200th appearance for the Scarlets on Friday night as his side take on Bennetton at Parc Y Scarlets in the United Rugby Championship.

Speaking to the press on Tuesday (Oct 19), Shingler said it would be a proud moment when he walked onto the pitch.

Scarlets go into the game on the back of two defeats against Leinster and Munster and Shingler said it had been a ‘difficult couple of weeks’ for the team.

He added that Friday’s game would be a ‘test of character’ as they look to get back to winning ways.

Scarlets take on Bennetton on Friday night, kick off 7:35pm, and they then have a break of over a month before their next United Rugby Championship game.

Coach Dwayne Peel also spoke to the media and added that it was important they picked up the win on Friday.

He went on to say that although he saw an improvement in the team in the Leinster game after defeat to Munster, there was still work to do.

Dwayne said: “The boys are disappointed. We felt that at half time (against Leinster) we were still in the game, we knew the game plan we had but we were disappointed we didn’t allow ourselves to do that. So we were disappointed but in a different way.

“Ten guys have now gone away to Wales so there is a different group of boys who will get an opportunity for this game.”

With Wales playing their autumn internationals following Friday’s game, the Scarlets are next in action on November 27 when they travel to South Africa for games against the Cell C Sharks and the Vodacom Bulls.

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Three in a row for Kidwelly

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KIDWELLY Town earned their third straight win in Carmarthenhire League Division 1 on Saturday (Oct 16) as they came from behind to beat Tumble 4-1.

Tumble had lost their last three matches prior to Saturday’s game and it was they who took the lead when Garin Morris scored in the tenth minute.

Chris Cray equalised for Kidwelly and it remained 1-1 until half time.

Both sides knew the next goal would be crucial but it was the home side who got it as Rob Davis set up Alex Kay to score.

And just a minute later it was 3-1 as Connor Howells scored.

That all but won the game for the home side who made sure of the points in injury time as Kay fired in his second goal of the game from the penalty spot.

Their fourth win of the season sees them stay in eighth place but they are now only three points behind third placed FC Carmarthen.

On Saturday, October 23, Kidwelly travel to Llangennech who sit just a point and two places above them in the table.

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Llangennech youth go top

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LLANGENNECH Youth moved to the top of the South East Carmarthenshire league on Saturday (Oct 16) as they thrashed Ammanford 47-0.

The home side ran in seven tries, six of which were converted, as they earned a third bonus point win in a row.

Rhys Harris scored a hat trick of tries and Kyle North also crossed the whitewash twice.

There were also tries for Ryan Guard and Kallum Morgan as the home side ran out comfortable winners.

Cameron Mills scored four of the conversion while the other two were scored by Tyler Payne.

The win sees Llangennech leapfrog Ammanford into top spot.

Llangennech will look to keep hold of their 100% record on Saturday, October 23, when they travel to Brynamman.

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