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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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Scarlets support new Wish Fund campaign for children and young people

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THE Scarlets are working in partnership with their local NHS Charity to support the Wish Fund, a new campaign which will create magical memories for children and young people living with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and their families.

The Wish Fund will raise funds for NHS Paediatric Palliative Care services in the Hywel Dda University Health Board area. The funding will enable the services to provide activities which are beyond NHS expenditure.

These include fantastic group activities and family day trips, therapeutic play toys to help young patients process what they are experiencing, and wellbeing resources for families and young siblings.

Angharad Davies, Children’s Community Lead Nurse, said: “The Wish Fund will provide us with opportunities to give that little extra to our patients and families.

“It means we can create lasting memories together which will be cherished forever. I can’t tell you how much this means to the children and young people we work with, their families and carers, and the Paediatric Palliative Care team.”

Jonathan Davies, Scarlets Rugby, said: “We are thrilled to be able to support the Wish Fund and look forward to working with Hywel Dda Health Charities to make a real difference to families across mid and west Wales.

“We hope to inspire people across the region to join with us and bring a bit of joy to their lives. We want to help them create some brilliant memories which will last forever.”

The campaign officially launched on May 20 and the charity publicised the partnership at the Scarlets Vs Stormers match on May 21 at Parc y Scarlets.

The Wish Fund campaign will see the NHS charity and the Scarlets working together on an ongoing basis to raise funds for the campaign and raise awareness about the work of the Paediatric Palliative Care team.

Pictured L-R: Jayne Thomas (Clinical Nurse Specialist, Paediatric Palliative Care), Tiara Davies (patient), Gareth Davies, Jonathan Davies, Delton Williams (patient), Anne-Marie Llewellyn (Children’s Community Nurse)

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Rob Evans and Steff Hughes leaving Scarlets

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SCARLETS has confirmed that Rob Evans and Steff Hughes are amongst the nine players who will be leaving the club at the end of the 2021-22 season.

It has already been announced that Liam Williams has signed for Cardiff Rugby and Angus O’Brien is rejoining the Dragons for next season, while James Davies revealed in April that he is retiring from the game on medical grounds.

As well as Rob and Steff, the Llanelli-based side will also be saying its farewells and thanks to Tyler Morgan, Marc Jones, Tom Phillips and Tomi Lewis after Saturday’s final URC match of the season against DHL Stormers.

Scarlets head coach Dwayne Peel said: “I’d like to thank all these players for everything they have given to the Scarlets jersey.

“Boys like Rob, Steff, Cubby and Liam have played more than a century of games for the club and they will be fondly remembered by everyone here, staff, team-mates and supporters.

“They can be extremely proud of what they have achieved and I am sure they will have great memories of representing the Scarlets over the years.

“Every season players move on and we always respect the decisions that are made. With a reduced playing budget, we have had to cut our squad for next season and that has meant we have had some difficult decisions to make.

“The players have continued to give their full commitment, as they have always done, and I’m sure our supporters will give them the reception they all deserve at our final game against the Stormers on Saturday. I wish them all well for what comes next.”

SCARLETS LEAVERS 2021-22

ROB EVANS
The Pembrokeshire loose-head came through the Scarlets Academy and after playing for Carmarthen Quins in the Welsh Premiership made his senior debut against Sale Sharks in January 2013. Rob has made 156 Scarlets appearances and scored 13 tries, including one in Glasgow that secured a memorable away semi-final victory in the PRO14. Was a member of the side that lifted the Guinness PRO12 title in 2017 and will be remembered as a larger than life character around the squad during his 10 seasons at Parc y Scarlets. Capped 39 times for Wales,

LIAM WILLIAMS

Liam Williams is bringing to an end his second spell with the Scarlets. The 31-year-old Wales international full-back and British & Irish Lion has played 119 games for the club and has scored 34 tries, one of which set the Scarlets on their way to PRO12 glory in the final in 2017. Liam is joining Cardiff Rugby for next season.

STEFF HUGHES

Steff Hughes has made 104 appearances and scored seven tries for the Scarlets since making his debut at centre in an LV=Cup game against Saracens nine years ago. A former Wales U20s captain, the Llanelli product has skippered the Scarlets on numerous occasions, including the memorable European pool win in Bath in 2020. His two tries in a thrilling home clash against Connacht in the same season helped secure Champions Cup qualification once again.

JAMES DAVIES

James Davies has retired from rugby on medical grounds after battling concussion issues. ‘Cubby Boi’ made his Scarlets debut in 2013 and went on to make 101 appearances in a Scarlets jersey. Delivered a superb try-scoring display in the PRO12 title-winning triumph over Munster and went on to win 11 caps for Wales. Cubby also represented Wales 7s at the Commonwealth Games and Team GB at the 2016 Olympics.

MARC JONES

The experienced hooker joined the Scarlets from Sale in the summer of 2018 after making more than 150 appearances for the Sharks. The 35-year-old played 46 times for the Scarlets over four seasons, scoring four tries.

ANGUS O’BRIEN

Angus O’Brien made his Scarlets debut in 2018 and has made 45 appearances, scoring 112 points, including seven tries. The fly-half is returning to play for his home region, the Dragons, ahead of the 2022-23 campaign.

TOM PHILLIPS

A former Wales U20s Grand Slam-winning captain, Tom has played 30 matches for the Scarlets since making his senior debut in 2015. Suffered a serious knee ligament injury in the opening URC match of the season in Edinburgh.

TYLER MORGAN

The Wales international centre has been at the Scarlets for two seasons, making his debut in the Challenge Cup quarter-final defeat in Toulon in 2020. The 26-year-old has made 22 appearances, scoring one try.

TOMI LEWIS

A Wales sevens international,Tomi has made two senior appearances for the Scarlets. Returned to action this season after a lengthy absence recovering from knee surgery and has been playing in the Indigo Premiership for Llandovery RFC.

Physiotherapist Carys Moggridge is also leaving the Scarlets to take up a role with the Welsh Rugby Union.

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Matchroom Whites win Worthington Cup

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MATCHROOM Whites have won the Llanelli Snooker League’s Worthington Cup team final, after a 4-1 victory in the final against Morfa Social

A highlight of the match was another fine Tyler Rees break of 89, although the maximum was on at one point.

Tyler Rees’ winning streak wasn’t over though, as he teamed up with his Matchroom teammate Chris Davies to win the final of the Doubles tournament, defeating Dean Bowen and Mark Sargent; more nice breaks in this one, Rees firing another 68, while Chris Davies added a fine 71.

Meanwhile, more success for the Matchroom came with Matchroom Blacks’ 4-1 Division 2 Olympic Cup final victory at the expense of Reading Room Reds, with Ryan Maides, Adrian Davies, Rhys Morgan and Thomas Williams winning; just Phil Payne offered any winning resistance for the Burry Port side.

Meanwhile, Ammanord Snooker World’s leftie Anthony Krysa is through to the final of this year’s Singles, after a 3-0 victory against Kev Gronow of the Gremlin Club; Krysa made some nice breaks, including a fine 75 knock.

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