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Reds end unbeaten run in style



Luke Jones: 2 goals for Llanelli (Pic. Keith Griffiths)

Luke Jones: 2 goals for Llanelli (Pic. Keith Griffiths)

LLANELLI TOWN finally halted a dismal run of four consecutive league and cup defeats, as they completed the double over their opponents, Penrhiwceiber Rangers, having secured an away 2-1 success in August. The home side were virtually at full strength with the return of players who had been injured, while Ian Evans, a recent signing from Bwlch Rangers, occupied the right back slot with Mark Napieralla still not ready for a start following a knock to his knee.

Despite the convincing final score, the visitors did cause problems for a Reds defence which still looks unsure at times, although goalkeeper Craig Richards was seldom seriously tested as Penrhiwceiber ran out of options in the final third. The contest was just eight minutes old before the Reds took the lead when an initial charge down by Luke Jones led to him finding Liam Samuel, and he in turn brought Sam Wade into play whose driven ball across the goal to the back post was turned in by Matthew Hughes.

A poor kick out by Richards then afforded the visitors their first opportunity when it fell into the path of Alex Jones whose effort from distance was not too far off target. Conversely, Hughes just failed to connect with a cross driven into the box by Samuel, before the lead was extended on 16 minutes following a short corner by Hughes, which was met by Declan John, and he curved a sweet finish over goalkeeper Alex Bailey into the top corner.

Three minutes later, the visitors found themselves three down when another award of a corner led to Samuel crossing into the middle for Jones to make a connection, which deflected past Bailey on its way into the net. Well in control and seemingly cruising to a win even at this early stage in proceedings, the home side were then jolted back into reality when their opponents were awarded a penalty on the half hour mark when Dean Brown was brought down by Richards as he pursued a back heel from Brandon Davies.

The Reds keeper was cautioned, and Brown himself stepped up to take the spot kick which he despatched past Richards into the bottom corner. Stung by this reverse, the hosts pushed forward and were rewarded by a fourth success in the 37th minute when Bailey failed to deal effectively with a cross by Hughes, allowing Jones to take full advantage and slot in the loose ball. Evan after this setback the visitors refused to lie down, and pulled themselves back into contention when they scored on the stroke of half time through Davies when he directed a ball from Matthew Glassy beyond Richards.

Even with a two goal cushion, it seemed as if the Reds would need to score first after the resumption to really settle matters, and they did just that ten minutes into the half with Samuel curling a superbly taken free kick from 30 yards beyond the despairing grasp of Bailey. Another set-piece six minutes later led to a further goal when John curled a corner on the left into the net between Bailey and his near post, and shortly after was denied his hat trick when the keeper beat out his strike on target.

They went close again with two attempts from John and Lee Bevan being cleared off the line, although at the other end they had Jamie Evans to thank from preventing Josh Evans from reducing the deficit when his effort went past Richards only for Evans to clear out of the goalmouth.

Evans was well placed again to break up another potential threat on goal when the visitors broke quickly, but the contest ended with the Reds relieved a miserable sequence of results had been finally halted and hopefully better times lie ahead. The Reds travel to meet Croesyceiliog next Saturday, kick off 2 pm. Prior to that, Stebonheath will host a FA Youth Trophy tie involving Swansea City and Sheffield Wednesday on Friday, with a 1 pm start.


Llanelli Town: Richards; I. Evans; Lewis; Thomas (Berry, 67); J. Evans; Bevan; Samuel (R. Jones, 67); John; L. Jones; Wade (Forkuoh, 60); Hughes. Subs not used: Harries; Logan.

Penrhiwceiber Rangers: Bailey; Jenkins (Hansonspur, 63); A. Davies (Peacock, 63); Morgan; Keepings; Glassy; A. Jones (Hill, 67); Brown ©; J. Evans; B. Davies; N. Evans. Subs not used: C. Evans; O. Jones.

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Rob Evans and Steff Hughes leaving Scarlets



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.”


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 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 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 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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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



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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Llanelli Snooker League: Trimsaran clinch runners-up spot



THE curtain came down on the Llanelli Snooker League with the final league fixtures seeing Trimsaran clinch the runners-up spot behind champions Matchroom Reds.

Trim secured two 6-1 wins, a rearranged victory over Cross Hands B, as well as a 6-1 victory against Pontarddulais Workmens’, the undoubted highlight a superb 110 break from Jamie Tudor; Lewis Lloyd, Kieran Proctor (49 break), Wayne Thomas (29 & 25) and Alan Emanuel added wins, Keri Davies (50 break) the only Bont reply.

Relegated bottom – Ponthenri Social went out with a bang, defeating Upper Tumble Blues 6-1, courtesy of Jeff Howells, Mark Regola, Kevin Lewis, Nigel Lewis and Dylan James; only John Shields replied.

Peter Shoulder and Chris Lloyd were on top for Llanesco, beaten 5-2 by Matchroom Whites; Tyler Rees (45 & 35 breaks), Chris Davies, Wayne Bowen and Dai Keenan won for the “Gwyns”.

Elsewhere, Snooker World Whites hammered Llanelli Cons 7-0, D.Jones, A.Krysa, Ben Thomas, A.Whitfield, Sam Hinton and John Meadows completing the rout.

Alex Dickie prevented the “whitewash” as Cross Hands B crashed again, 6-1 at Gorseinon Workmens’; Charlie Bolton, Mike Dodd, Johnny Wilcox, Roy Wilcox and Jordan Davies all won for the Brighton Road side.

Kevin Selwood, Kieran Evans, Paul Rees and Alun Harris gave Pontyberem Workmens’ a 5-2 win against Burry Port Legion (Con Club), who hit back via Garnet Lane and Rich Nurse.

Morfa Social’s winners in a 5-2 win at Reading Room Blues were Scott Ashford, Andrew Hatto, Barry Follows and Greg Davies; Adrian Gower and Neil Roberts struck for the Burry Porters.

In Division 2, champions Gremlins were defeated 6-1 at Upper Tumble Reds, for whom Nigel Beynon, Nolan Allison, Alan Griffiths, Kevin Evans and Mike Sainty (53 break) won; just Matthew Dagnall won for the title-winners.

Matchroom Blacks secured the runners-up spot following a 4-3 win against New Lodge, thanks to Rhys Morgan (37 break), Ryan Maides and James Anthony; Gary Williams, George Langford and Phil Thickett replied.

Steve Pearson was Llandybie Social B’s solitary frame winner in a 6-1 defeat as Llandybie RFC took the village honours after Steffan Crump, Sion Isaac, Josh Jordan, Callum Isaac and Kalem James all won.

Bryn A edged a 4-3 success at Snooker World Blues, courtesy of Roy Richards, Clive Richards and Connor Sharples (32); Peter Howatson, Chris Waters and Steff Rees won for the Ammanford side.

Tycroes RFC end the season bottom after a 5-2 loss at CGMD, whose winners were Ray Evans, James Varney, Mike Llewelyn and Brian Chappell; Marc Walters and Arwyn Rees won for the away side.

Meanwhile, Tony Shadrach and Geraint Thomas were Pont Cons frame winners in a 5-2 loss at Cross Hands A; for the latter, Howell Pritchard, Jeff Howells (23) Matthew James (22) and Dai Bunford were on the ball.

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