Welsh League Division Two
Llanelli Town 1
Undy Athletic 0
HOSTING the league leaders who arrived at Stebonheath boasting just two losses to date, the Reds rose to the challenge in great style, and a fine all-round performance produced a wellearned win at the final whistle.
Following on from their much improved display in midweek against Cwmamman United, the home side went up a couple of notches, matching their opponents all over the pitch, displaying a welcome togetherness which at times has been lacking during the course of the season.
The Undy goal was subjected to an early threat, with Steve Stone directing his header from a Richard Lewis corner on to the roof of the net, and when Luke Jones crossed a ball into the visitors` box, there were appeals for a penalty for a handling offence, but referee Bryn Jones waved these away.
A lofted free kick by their opponents led to Reds’ keeper Alex Ramsay doing well to push over a strike from Dan Bailey, before a counter led to a chip by Robert Thomas intended for Luke Jones, but he was just beaten to the ball by Undy keeper James Smallcombe.
Ross Jones brought off a crucial tackle on Gareth Collimore when he threatened to break clear down the Reds` left flank, but it was the home side who went closest to a score following a Mark Napieralla free kick which was initially cleared only as far as Stone, and his well struck effort cannoned off the post with Smallcombe beaten.
Undy retaliated, and a great run by Dan Jarman took him past several challenges before he was brought down by Lee Bevan, leading to a caution for the Reds’ captain.
Scoreless at the interval, the home side were the first out of the blocks after the restart, with Luke Jones doing well to make progress tight to the goal line before squaring the ball into the middle, but Smallcombe managed to snuff out the danger.
He was in action again shortly after, diverting over a fierce effort by Bruno Forkuoh when he ghosted past his marker, before the home side finally reaped the benefits of their hard graft.
A handball on the edge of the Undy area resulted in a free kick, and Lewis stepped up to hammer it low into the bottom corner after 58 minutes.
Having taken the lead, it was the turn of the Reds to be subjected to pressure by the visitors, and they survived a close call when Marcus Power found space before directing his attempt past the oncoming Ramsay towards the unguarded net, but the ball rebounded off the foot of the post with Lewis on hand to complete a clearance.
They then survived a further scare following a corner by Power, which led to a header coming back off the crossbar.
When Collimore was played in on goal, Ramsay came off his line and appeared to handle the ball outside the box, but after a consultation with his assistant, the referee showed only a yellow card.
From the resulting free kick by Power, the Reds` keeper brought off a great save by diverting it over the bar, and with Undy still pushing forward in an attempt to level matters, the home goal came under threat but stood firm.
The final whistle came with the home side elated that they had managed to contain their highly rated opponents, and this result should do wonders for their confidence in the remaining fixtures.
Llanelli Town: Ramsay; Napieralla; Lewis; Stone (Zola, 75); J. Evans; Bevan; Bauza; Forkuoh; L. Jones (Hughes, 75); Thomas; R. Jones (Samuel, 67).
Subs not used: Evans; Owens.
Undy Athletic: Smallcombe; D. Jarman; Thompson; Parry; Roberts; Heywood; Aherne; Bailey (A. Jarman); Power; Collimore; Clayton.
Subs not used: Hegarty; James; Binning.
Gealey holds nerve to send Stars to victory
NEW DOCK STARS earned their first win of the season on Saturday (Jan 15) as they beat Bynea 29-30 in a thrilling encounter.
The Dock held a 20-12 lead at half time and were ahead going into the final stages.
Bynea thought they had won the game when a late score put them 29-27 in front.
However, the Stars hit back with time running out and Adam Gealey scored a penalty to win the game for his side.
That gave him a personal haul of 15 points having already scored with two penalties and three conversions.
Dylan Jones scored two tries for the visitors and Jordan Evans got the other.
Bynea’s George MacDonald scored a hat trick of tries and Finlay Cooke also crossed the whitewash once.
James Branson added three conversions and one penalty.
It was a thrilling encounter as both sides belied their positions at the foot of the table.
On Saturday, January 22, the Stars travel to Llandybie while Bynea host Betws.
Photo by Darren Harries
Furnace seal second win
FURNACE UNITED earned their second win of the League 3 West B season on Saturday (Jan 15) as they beat Llandybie.
Daf Green scored for the Cherries with other tries coming from Joe Qualters-Jones, Myles Harries, Joe Pugh and Jonny Roberts.
Green was successful with three of five conversion attempts and he also added a penalty.
Furnace held a 13-5 lead at half time as Llandybie scored an unconverted try in each half.
Ioan Rees and Josh Watkins scored the tries for the visitors.
On Saturday, January 22, Furnace United travel to Llandeilo while Llandybie host New Dock Stars.
PHOTO by Darren Harries
Saunders stars as Llangennech beat Gowerton
LLANGENNECH remain unbeaten in League 1 West after they won 33-16 away at Gowerton on Saturday (Jan 15).
Liam Hutchings put the visitors ahead with the first try of the game and Tom Neale added the extras.
Gowerton then got themselves on the scoreboard with a penalty but Llangennech were soon back on the attack.
Jordan Saunders was next to go over and Neale again added the extras.
Gowerton reduced the arrears once more with another penalty and the visitors held a 14-6 lead when the half time whistle went.
Gowerton scored another penalty early in the second half to keep themselves in the game.
However, Llangennech kept applying the pressure and they soon had their third try with Saunders going over for his second and Neale adding his third conversion to make it 21-9.
Saunders then completed his hat trick to also earn his side a bonus point.
Gowerton responded with a converted try to bring the score back to 16-26 but it was the visitors who had the last word.
Greg George scored their fifth try of the game and Neale converted to complete the scoring.
Saunders was named man of the match for his try hat trick and the win sees them move on to 25 points, six points above second placed Newcastle Emlyn.
The sides are next in action on Saturday, January 29, when Llangennech host third placed Felinfoel while Gowerton travel to Aberystwyth.
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