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Town slip up in promotion push

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Alex Ramsey: Made his debut in the Reds goal

Welsh League Division Two

Pontardawe Town 3

Llanelli Town 0 

THE REDS have had better away days than that endured at Parc Ynysderw against opponents who prior to kick-off were just three points ahead of them in the table having played five more games. 

A below-par performance by the visitors saw them struggle to breach a resolute home defence resulting in Steve Reeve in the Ponty goal seldom being called into action, particularly in the first half.

After the interval, the Reds did at least show some attacking intent which had been woefully lacking, but the nearest they came to a goal was a Bruno Forkuoh header which struck the top of the bar.

Alex Ramsay made his debut in the Reds` goal in place of Craig Richards, and with Liam Samuel serving a three match suspension following his red card versus AFC Porth, Steve Berry was named in the starting line-up with Luke Jones on the bench.

Perhaps an early indication of how events were to unfold for the visitors came when the influential Richard Lewis was forced off injured after just 15 minutes following a tackle in midfield with Forkuoh coming on, and leading to a reshuffle in the back four.

Despite their ineffective start, the Reds were thrown a lifeline after 26 minutes with the award of a penalty following the flooring of Declan John in the box when he pursued a ball by Forkuoh, but Matthew Hughes drove his kick wide and a golden opportunity was lost – one which they would come to regret.

If this had been taken the outcome could well have been different, but as it was their opponents were the ones who took heart from the let off with Kieron Howells heading just wide from a Mark Jones corner.

Reeve at the other end easily held a scuffed shot by Forkuoh following a John free kick, but two minutes from the break the hosts took the lead when another Jones corner led to a melee in front of goal before Rob Shannon got the final connection to force the ball home.

The home striker threatened to increase the lead early in the second period, being stopped only by a saving tackle from Robert Thomas, and he was presented with another chance following a long downfield clearance set him up, but his finish rebounded off Ian Evans before the danger was cleared.

The Reds were showing some more attacking options than they had in the first half with Reeve making a couple of important blocks on target, while Nathan Logan drove his attempt at the keeper following a turn in the box.

However this more attacking approach were leaving gaps at the back which the home side almost exploited, and a run down the left by Dan Williams culminated in Ramsay getting down to divert his shot on to the bar where it dropped for Shannon but once again he failed to take advantage to put his side further ahead.

With time running out, some indecisive defending by the visitors allowed Liam Griffiths to volley his finish past Ramsay from the edge of the area in the 88th minute, and the same player might well have scored again when he was clean through but somehow managed to steer the ball wide of a gaping goal.

In stoppage time, a miserable afternoon for the Reds was compounded when Ponty grabbed a third, with Williams getting past Evans before crossing into the middle where Josh Roberts was in acres of space to slot beyond a helpless Ramsay.

Teams: Pontardawe Town: Reeve; Jeffries; L. Roberts; J. Roberts; E. Thomas; M. Jones (N. Thomas, 90+3); Williams; Howells; Shannon (I. Jones, 87); Griffiths; Dorward; Subs. not used; Harries; Blizzard; Huischmidt.

Llanelli Town: Ramsay; I. Evans; Lewis (Forkuoh, 15); Berry (Zola, 77); J. Evans; Bevan; Thomas; John; Logan; Wade (Jones, 55); Hughes; Subs. not used; Harries; Owens.

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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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Felinfoel thump Llandeilo

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FELINFOEL continued their unbeaten start to the season as they thumped Llandeilo Town 8-1 on Saturday (Oct 16).

Jordan Badman opened the scoring for the home side after six minutes but their lead only lasted eight minutes.

Harri Morgan set up Will Garrard to score but Felinfoel were soon ahead once more.

Badman scored his second of the game midway through the half before Chris James made it 3-1 from the penalty spot.

Seven minutes into the second half Badman made it 4-1 as he completed his hat trick to all but end any hopes Llandeilo had of getting back into the game.

Tom Roberts scored three minutes later and four minutes after that it was six as Badman scored his fourth of the game.

Matthew Ellis scored with twenty minutes to go and the scoring was complete nine minutes from time as Lloyd Francis made it 8-1.

The win for Felinfoel is their ninth in ten games and maintains their unbeaten start to the season.

On Saturday, October 23, they will put their unbeaten run on the line again as they travel to fifth placed Pwll Athletic.

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