LLANELLI TOWN has announced the signings of three new players as they continue to make preparations for the return of football in February.
Football across Wales has been suspended as a result of Welsh Government restrictions but new Reds manager Lee John has wasted little time in making additions to his squad.
Their first sining announced on Wednesday, January 12, was that of former Swansea City U23s defender Jake Thomas who joins from Cambrian & Clydach.
Manager Lee John said: “A 6’2 Centre Back that is very comfortable in possession and a strong defender. Jake picked up a wealth of experience playing for Swansea City FC and played very well against us a few weeks ago for Cambrian.
“Jake has a big future ahead of him and I’m delighted he’s chosen to sign for us.”
Another ex-Swansea player who has put pen to paper on a deal at Stebonheath Park is James Murphy.
Lee said: “James is a very talented forward with bags of potential, he’s also a local product from Llanelli who was very eager to sign and commit to his home town club.
“We want players who want to wear the shirt with pride, James was clear in his determination to commit to the club and help us achieve our future ambitions.”
Llanelli’s final signing of the day is central midfielder Ryan Bevan who joins from Trefelin.
“Ryan is also a former Swansea City product, a busy midfielder who can make a team tick, he possesses a range of passing qualities and is very comfortable in possession. Another ambitious player who wants to play at the highest level possible.
“Three excellent signings to strengthen the squad for the final 12 games of the season”, concluded John.
Saunders stars as Llangennech beat Gowerton
LLANGENNECH remain unbeaten in League 1 West after they won 33-16 away at Gowerton on Saturday (Jan 15).
Liam Hutchings put the visitors ahead with the first try of the game and Tom Neale added the extras.
Gowerton then got themselves on the scoreboard with a penalty but Llangennech were soon back on the attack.
Jordan Saunders was next to go over and Neale again added the extras.
Gowerton reduced the arrears once more with another penalty and the visitors held a 14-6 lead when the half time whistle went.
Gowerton scored another penalty early in the second half to keep themselves in the game.
However, Llangennech kept applying the pressure and they soon had their third try with Saunders going over for his second and Neale adding his third conversion to make it 21-9.
Saunders then completed his hat trick to also earn his side a bonus point.
Gowerton responded with a converted try to bring the score back to 16-26 but it was the visitors who had the last word.
Greg George scored their fifth try of the game and Neale converted to complete the scoring.
Saunders was named man of the match for his try hat trick and the win sees them move on to 25 points, six points above second placed Newcastle Emlyn.
The sides are next in action on Saturday, January 29, when Llangennech host third placed Felinfoel while Gowerton travel to Aberystwyth.
Scarlets v Dragons postponed
THE United Rugby Championship (URC) game between Scarlets and Dragons has been postponed.
It had been due to take place at Parc Y Scarlets on Saturday, January 8, but a number of covid-19 cases have been reported in the Dragons’ squad.
The URC Medical Advisory Group has liaised with the region and having considered all the facts have deemed that the fixture cannot go ahead as scheduled.
The United Rugby Championship will now consider available dates to reschedule the game.
Scarlets’ next game is scheduled for Sunday, January 16, when they travel to France Union Bourdeaux-Begles in the Heinken Champions Cup.
The Dragons’ next game is set to take place on Saturday, January 15, when they take on Bennetton in the European Champions Cup.
Trimsaran end year with win over Furnace
TRIMSARAN ended the year with victory over local rivals Furnace United on Saturday (Dec 18).
Trim held a 9-20 lead at the break and pushed on in the second half, eventually securing a 21-35 success.
It was their third win in as many games and sees them sit third in table, five points off leaders Tumble who have played two games more.
Lee Bates scored two tries for Trim while others came from Mike Daniels and Steff Roberts who also added two conversions.
Corey Phillips scored two penalties and there was also a conversion and a penalty scored by Rhodri Mason.
Saturday’s other game in League 3 West B saw Penygroes and Llandeilo share a 20-20 draw.
The next round of fixtures are schedule for Saturday, January 8.
Trimsaran are at home to Bynea while Furnace travel to New Dock Stars.
Leaders Tumble travel to Betws while second place Cefneithin are at home to Penygroes.
Photo by Darren Harries
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