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Llanelli set champions back on track

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SARDIS ROAD was a ‘House of Pain’ for Llanelli once again on Saturday (5 Dec) as they emerged from the encounter with nothing to show for their efforts, despite being well in the game with fifty minutes played, trailing by just eight points to six. Pontypridd had lost their last three games in the league, and this run (unprecedented in recent years) had seen them drop to fourth in the table, but Llanelli duly obliged to set the reigning champions back on the right track, as they were torn apart in a thirty minute second half blitz which saw the hosts run in four unanswered tries.

In a tight and nervy first half, the hosts wasted a good opportunity to go into the lead on the quarter of an hour mark, as fullback Geraint Walsh through wildly over winger Alex Webber’s head when he was in the clear to score, after an overlap was created through good phase play. Just over five minutes later though they were over, as Webber, who will have good memories of playing Llanelli as he became the historic first scorer of a 6-point try at the Parc in September, crossed for the opening score.

The winger chased down his own kick to gather and dive over the line, to the delight and relief of the large home crowd. With confidence understandably low, Ponty were far from their best but having been so dominant they wouldn’t of expected Llanelli to get back into the game on the stroke of half time. Josh Lewis kicked for the corner when the visitors were awarded a penalty, and with everyone predicting what has now become a routine catch and drive in the Premiership, they instead went through a number of phases, before centre Steffan Hughes, in only his second game back after injury, chipped a delightful ball through the home defence, which Lewis gathered to score.

He failed to convert his own try, meaning the hosts were two points to the good at the interval. Llanelli took the confidence gained from this try into the second half, and were enjoying a great deal of possession, when, against the run of play, Ponty did what champions do, and crossed the line themselves. When Webber caught an interception pass in his own 22 he raced clear, and although he was held up short, the ball was worked wide for Godfrey, who dived over for another converted score.

This proved to be the turning point in the game and with the black and whites now firmly in control, they crossed again as flanker Jake Thomas converted a simple opportunity with twenty-five minutes to play. With credit to Llanelli they kept battling, and didn’t concede again until the 77th minute, when the diminutive Webber grabbed his second try, to secure the bonus point for the home side, with Lewis Williams notching the conversion.

With just minutes remaining, Godfrey made a miserable half hour even worse for the reds as he crossed for his second to round off what on paper seems a much easier win for the hosts than it actually was.

Speaking on the loss, Llanelli coach Dai Flanagan said: “We were on top at the start of the second half; our style of play challenged Ponty in the wider areas and we were able look threatening. “We fronted up for long periods against the champions and no doubt we threatened them. “It was a massive step up performance wise from the last game against Newport, even though the scoreline doesn’t reflect it.” A two week break from league action will see Llanelli focus on the Fosters Challenge Cup, before they return on Boxing Day with a tough trip to Bridgend.

Teams: Pontypridd: 15.Geraint Walsh. 14.Alex Webber. 13.Gavin Dacey. 12.Dafydd Lockyer 11.Chris Clayton. 10.Lewis K Williams. 9.Tom Williams: 8.Dan Godfrey 7.Rhys Shellard 6.Jake Thomas 5.Chris Dicomidis. 4.Shaun O’Rourke. 3.Mitchell Auger. 2.Ashleigh James. 1.Bradley Thyer. Replacements: 16.Lloyd Williams. 17.Harri Millard. 18.Dale Stuckey. 19.Huw Dowden. 20.Wayne O’Connor. 21.Hemi Barnes. 22.Corey Domachowski.

Llanelli: 15.Dion Jones 14.Andrew Spowart 13.Nathan Edwards 12.Steffan Hughes 11.Gareth Walters 10.Josh Lewis 9.Josh Guy: 8.Jack Condy 7.Trystan Lloyd 6.Tom Phillips 5.Jack Jones 4.Adam Powell 3.Ben Leung 2.Taylor Davies 1.Rhys Thomas Replacements: 16.Rhys Fawcett 17.Torin Myhill 18.Tom Kaijaks 19.Christian Long 20.Liam Puckett 21.Justin James 22.Billy McByde 23.Paul Davies

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Legg departs Llanelli Town

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MANAGER Andy Legg has left Llanelli Town as the club seeks to make a number of changes.

Lee departed on Thursday evening (Nov 25) while coaches Gary Lloyd and Chris Thomas have also left their roles.

It comes just hours after the club announced that captain Kyle Copp had also left the club.

Kyle made 42 appearances for the Reds scoring 8 goals. He made his debut against Goytre back in August 2019.

The club had also announced on Tuesday that Zac Brown was leaving the club. He had played 41 times for the Reds scoring nine times.

Speaking of Legg’s departure a statement on the club’s social media pages reads: “Although not an easy decision given his club status and what he has achieved over the years here at Stebonheath Park we would all like to wish him the best and he will always receive a warm welcome here.

“With our club vision set out by chairman Wayne Stephens many changes will be made throughout the whole club over the Christmas period.

“We will announce Andy’s successor in due course. Thanks again Leggy.”

Commenting on his departure on Twitter, Andy said: “Just a quick message to say thank you the supporters for you support during my time at the club. We wish the club well.”

Llanelli Town currently sit in sixth place in the JD Cymru South table with six wins, five draws and four defeats in their 15 league games so far this season.

Legg’s last game in charge of the club was a 3-0 loss away at Goytre United.

They are next in action on Friday, December 3, when they face Goytre United in the reverse fixture at Stebonheath Park, kick off 7:30pm.

PHOTO by Llanelli Town

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Trostre win again in Premier Division

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TROSTRE picked up another win in the Carmarthenshire Premier Division on Saturday (Nov 20) as they came from behind to beat Seaside.

Nathan Lewis put Seaside ahead on 11 minutes but Dominic Saunders levelled for the league leaders on 25 minutes.

Just three minutes later Liam Jones scored to put Trostre ahead and Luke Jones scored ten minutes before the break to make it 3-1.

They were then dealt a blow as Jack James was shown a second yellow card and was given his marching orders shortly before half time.

Just a minute later Tray Jenkins scored for the home side to make it 2-3 and to give them some hope of turning the game around in the second half.

However, just three minutes in to the second half Liam Jones scored his second goal of the game and he then completed his hat trick on 50 minutes.

That made it 5-2 to the visitors and all but ended any hopes Seaside had of getting something from the game.

Luke Jones then scored his second goal of the game on 64 minutes to make it 6-2.

Christopher Price-Williams completed the scoring with fourteen minutes to go but that wasn’t the end of the action.

Seaside were given a penalty two minutes from the end but Jay Evans could not convert the spot kick and Trostre saw the game out for a 7-2 win.

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Pengelli and Pontlliw drew 2-2.

Adam Scott put Pontlliw ahead after just six minutes as he scored a penalty but Shaun Rees equalised for Pengelli only four minutes later.

Ben Higgins scored on 89 minutes to seemingly give Pontlliw the win but in injury time, Carl Timbrell scored to make it 2-2.

The other game saw Killay earn a 2-1 win away at Loughor Rovers.

After a goalless first half, Ben Lynch opened the scoring on 51 minutes and just five minutes it was 2-0 as Liam Bennett doubled Killay’s lead.

Sub Michael Grimwade pulled a goal back for Loughor with nine minutes to go but they were unable to find an equaliser.

Fixtures for Saturday, November 27:

Burry Port v Killay

Gorseinon Athletic v Trallwm

Pontlliw v Loughor

Seaside v Pengelli United

All games are scheduled to kick off at 2pm.

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Burry Port and Gorseinon share the points

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BURRY Port and Gorseinon shared the points on Saturday (Nov 20) as their Carmarthenshire Premier Division game finished 2-2.

The game was just four minutes old when the first goal went in as Charlie Taylor finished after being set up by Lewis James.

Gorseinon battled back though and just ten minutes later they were given a penalty. Matthew Brandon took the spot kick and scored to level the game.

Just six minutes before the break the visitors were given another penalty and Brandon again stepped up to score.

Gorseinon led 2-1 at the break but they knew they would face a comeback from a Burry Port side who had got back to winning ways the previous week, having not won since September 11.

And in the 62nd minute they did get themselves level as Taylor scored his second goal of the game.

Both sides went in search of a winner in what was a competitive game but it finished 2-2.

On Saturday, November 27, Burry Port host Killay while Gorseinon Athletic are at home against Trallwm.

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