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Ousted Town left to focus on the league

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Matthew Hughes: Had a goalscoring return to Llanelli (Pic. Keith Griffiths)

Matthew Hughes: Had a
goalscoring return to Llanelli (Pic.
Keith Griffiths)

Nathaniel Cars League
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Llanelli Town 2
Caerleon 3

POSITIVE results continue to elude Llanelli Town as their much delayed Nathaniel Cars League Cup tie with Caerleon resulted in yet another defeat – their fourth in a row.

The visitors agreed to switch the game to Stebonheath after two postponements at their Coldbath Road ground due to weather conditions, but the decision still led to a winning result against opponents who are experiencing an alarming dip in form with too many players performing well below their potential.

Forced to field an unfamiliar positional starting line-up due to a lengthy injury list, suspensions and unavailability, the Reds featured two new faces with Matthew Hughes rejoining the club from Bwlch Rangers and the acquisition of Nathan Logan from Loughor Rovers, and Hughes, in particular, was one of the few bright spots of the afternoon, getting on the scoresheet and acquitting himself well in the general play. Logan needs a few more games under his belt to acquire full match fitness, but looks a good signing.

The visitors were relegated at the end of last season and now ply their trade in the third division, but there was no sign of the gap in parity between the sides and they certainly looked the more capable when going forward.

They established a 2-0 lead by the break, courtesy of some woeful home defending in the main, before the Reds woke up to a degree in the second half and levelled matters with minutes to go before they were undone by a late winner.

The hosts started reasonably well with Liam Samuel having a well struck shot blocked while Logan directed his header over when he met a Samuel free kick, but this was about as good as it got as their opponents imposed themselves on proceedings.

It took them just 18 minutes to open the scoring when they prised apart the home rear guard with an angled ball to Nick Varallo who accepted the chance to slot it past Craig Richards.

Ten minutes later they doubled the advantage when some more kamikaze defending allowed Mark Milliship in acres of space on the edge of the area to pick his spot into the bottom corner.

A rare sortie by the Reds ended with Luke Jones directing an overhead kick from a Hughes cross just off target, and when Bartome Bauza made a run into the box, Logan just failed to turn in his far post delivery from a narrow angle.

Samuel fired narrowly over the bar when he met a partially cleared Hughes corner, but overall the visitors were still comfortably in control at the break but were dealt a blow eight minutes after the restart with the dismissal of Mark Dunn with a straight red card by referee Bryn Jones for a two-footed lunge on Jamie Evans.

Within four minutes of this, the home side were back in contention when Hughes took advantage of a deflection following an initial shot from Samuel to beat Gareth Wesson in the Caerleon goal with a crisp finish.

With Logan visibly tiring, Sam Wade came on in his place just after the hour, and at this stage the Reds were having much more of the game with Jones forcing Wesson to smother his close range header on the line.

However, it took a good save by Richards to keep out a Luke Cueto effort when he connected with an Alex Waters assist, but with just three minutes remaining Reds captain Lee Bevan brought the scores level, forcing home under the considerable bulk of Wesson following a Hughes free kick into the box.

Somewhat fortunate to have clawed their way back and probably settling for extra time, the Reds were then hit with a sucker punch within a minute of Bevan`s equaliser when from a seemingly impossible angle, Milliship curled his finish, possibly with the aid of a deflection, over Richards into the far corner and ensure Caerleon`s participation in the next round of the competition.

Out of all cups, the Reds can now focus on the league and attempt to improve their current position with the ultimate aim of securing promotion. The Reds travel to meet Chepstow Town on Saturday who they beat 7-1 in the opening game of the season. Kick off is at 2 p.m.

Teams:

Llanelli Town: Richards; Bauza; John (Berry, 72); Thomas; Evans; Bevan; Samuel; Harries; Jones; Logan (Wade, 62); Hughes;

Subs not used: O`Brien; Holmes; Martin.

Caerleon: Wesson; Wooten; Roberts; Bennett; Peel; Varallo (Lewis, 23); Waters; Davies (Al- Davei, 80); Dunn; Milliship; Francis (Cueto, 67);

Sub not used: Phillips.

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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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