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Reds continue dismal 2016 slide

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Luke Jones: Scored Llanelli’s only goal (Pic. Keith Griffiths)

Luke Jones: Scored Llanelli’s only goal (Pic. Keith Griffiths)

Welsh League Division Two

Llanelli Town 1

West End 3

FOLLOWING on from their grim showing at Pontardawe Town seven days previously, the Reds compounded that with yet another abysmal defensive showing against opponents they had swatted aside 5-0 in the away fixture at Pryderi Park in October.

On this evidence, there is little hope of achieving the club`s aim of promotion to Division One, and on this showing could well turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

The chances created by both sides probably ran into double figures, but some incredible misses meant the scoreline remained at a reasonable level throughout.

The Reds made a number of changes to the starting line-up with Ian Evans and Bruno Forkuoh unavailable, with Robert Thomas filling in at right back and Jandir Zola making his first start.

West End keeper Luke Fleming was called into early action, just managing to keep out a Lee Bevan header when he connected with a Richard Lewis free kick, before the visitors countered with Alex Ramsay in the Reds’ goal doing well to block a fierce effort on target by Richard Brain when Delano Tortortella set up the chance.

A Thomas cross to the far post led to Fleming saving low down from Declan John, and when Nathan Logan broke clear up the right, he got to the line but screwed his finish harmlessly over for a goal kick.

The visitors were then afforded a great chance of taking the lead when the ball deflected off Jamie Evans into the path of Tortortella but Ramsay comfortably held his weak finish.

At the other end, Logan was equally guilty of spurning a gilt-edged chance when a Bevan clearance was helped on by to him by Luke Jones, but he dragged his finish wide with only the keeper to beat.

Play continued to fluctuate from end to end, with Ramsay again denying Tortortella when Ryan Thomas set him up, and the visiting striker again failed to convert with a header from close range following a cross into the goalmouth.

Against the run of play, the Reds eventually broke the deadlock on 32 minutes with Jones being given the opportunity to run on to a ball through the middle, and on this occasion the finish gave Fleming no chance into the bottom corner.

Despite this setback, West End were still well in the contest continuing to pose plenty of problems for their opponents, and when a ball over the top led to Thomas making tracks towards goal, Ramsay was forced off his line and brought down the player, leading to a caution and perhaps lucky not to have seen red.

Jones volleyed over the visitor’s bar from a promising position when a John corner was only partially cleared, but on the stroke of half time the equaliser that had been on the cards arrived when a free kick into the goalmouth found Chris Hole who was unchallenged to head home from close range.

All square at the interval, the home side were the first to offer a threat with a Lewis free kick forcing Fleming to turn it over, and a saving tackle by Gareth Howarth prevented Jones homing in on goal.

Zola was replaced by Osian Harries and Anton Owens came on for Matthew Hughes as the Reds searched for a second success, and within minutes of his arrival Owens was presented with two glorious chances of doing this but shot wide on both occasions with the goal gaping and only Fleming to beat.

These misses were to come back to haunt the hosts as West End struck twice within the space of eight minutes, with Tortortella eventually making up for his earlier failures by getting both.

In the 70th minute he was played through a porous rear-guard before slotting past Ramsay, and got on the scoresheet again after 78 minutes, being allowed far too much time to turn before beating the Reds` keeper from the edge of the box.

With the two-goal cushion, the visitors easily saw out the remainder of the time to leave their opponents a dispirited outfit with plenty to ponder over where it all went wrong. The Reds are on the road next Friday evening when they travel to meet Llanwern with a 7.45 p.m. kick off.

Teams:

Llanelli Town: Ramsay; Thomas; Lewis; Zola (Harries, 58); J. Evans; Bevan; Wade; John; Logan (Martin, 85); Jones; Hughes (Owens, 62). Sub Not Used: Berry.

West End: Fleming; Poutchadis; Whitelock; Hole; O`Brien (Davies, 62); Howarth; Eames (Gowen, 79); Thomas; Tortortella; Brain; Smith; Sub Not Used: Griffiths.

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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.

Photo by Darren Harries

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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.

Photo by Darren Harries

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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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