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Promoted Undy secure comfortable win

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Undy Athletic 3

Llanelli Town 0

Steve Stone: Midfielder has played in goal for the last few games

THE OLD ADAGE ‘a game of two halves’ could certainly be applied to the Reds` visit to The Causeway, a s they took on a home side already assured of promotion to Division One next season.

They dominated the first half, but despite creating a number of decent chances just could not find the incisive finish that, if taken, could well have turned the game in their favour.

James Smallcombe in the Undy goal was by far the busier of the goalkeepers, with his opposite number, Steve Stone, not having a shot to save up to the interval.

However, it was a different story after the restart, and after the award of a penalty to the hosts ten minutes into the second period, it was all downhill after that, and two further goals sealed the visitors` fate.

After a quiet start with neither side looking particularly menacing, the Reds created the opening chance with Bruno Forkuoh finding Liam Samuel who in turn squared a pass into the path of Robert Thomas, but his strike on target was cleared out of the goalmouth and eventually put over for a corner.

As the half progressed, the Reds were still enjoying most of the possession, the only home threat coming from a clearance up the right which led to Daniel Jarman outpacing Lee Bevan, but he dragged his finish across the face of the net and over for a goal kick.

Bevan was then cautioned by referee Leigh Jones for bundling over Jarman just outside the box, but at the other end a long range effort by Mark Napieralla bounced wickedly in front of Smallcombe who just managed with difficulty to push it around the post.

Samuel then also tried his luck from distance, but this time it was deflected for a corner, and he went close again shortly after with another well struck shot.

These near misses would come back to haunt the visitors when the game restarted, as within ten minutes they found themselves trailing following a challenge by Jandir Zola on Marcus Power which brought down the Undy player in the area, and referee Jones pointed to the spot.

The kick was taken by James Barnes who gave Stone no chance with his finish down the middle of the goal and put the home side into a somewhat undeserving lead.

Zola was replaced by Bartolome Bauza shortly after, but within ten minutes of the penalty award Undy struck again through Nathan Woods, who set off on a run which took him across the edge of the box before unleashing a well struck finish beyond Stone.

The Reds made another change with Leon Martin coming on for Thomas, but they found themselves even further behind just five minutes later when a corner directed low to the near post deflected off a visiting player, giving Stone no chance of keeping it out.

With the contest slipping away from them, Nick Holmes was introduced in place of Richard Lewis and there were no further disasters up to the final whistle, and in fact they went close to snatching a consolation goal when a Matthew Hughes attempt deflected fractionally over the bar.

A disappointing final outcome for the Reds who had beaten their opponents in March at Stebonheath, but with just one game remaining, they can look forward to next season when no doubt they will again be among the front-runners.

Teams:

Undy Athletic: Smallcombe; Woods; Thompson; Parry; Aherne (Rathbone, 78); Clayton; Trajtel; Barnes (Heywood, 78); Power (Hooper, 81); Jarman; Jones.

Subs not used: Furman; Davies.

Llanelli Town: Stone; Bevan; Lewis (Holmes, 82); Zola (Bauza, 63); Evans; Napieralla; R. Jones; R. Thomas (Martin, 69); Hughes; Samuel; Forkuoh.

Subs not used: Harries; C. Thomas.

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Scarlets make five changes for European quarter-final

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Johnny Williams and Sione Kalamafoni have been handed their Scarlets’ European debuts for Saturday’s Challenge Cup quarter-final against Toulon at the Stade Felix Mayol (8.15pm UK time).

Both summer signings are included in a side showing five changes to the line-up that took the field against the Dragons in the Scarlets last match of the Guinness PRO14 season.

Wales and British & Irish Lions full-back Leigh Halfpenny returns to face his former side, linking up with Johnny McNicholl and Steff Evans in an all-international back three.

Williams and Steff Hughes continue their midfield combination, while Wales scrum-half Gareth Davies has recovered from injury to partner Dan Jones at half-back.

Skipper Ken Owens, Wyn Jones and Samson Lee pack down in the front row and behind them Tongan international Sam Lousi starts at lock alongside Jake Ball.

In a reshuffled back-row, the PRO14’s turnover king Josh Macleod gets the nod at openside;  Kalamafoni, who featured for Leicester Tigers in the pool stages of the tournament, wears the No. 8 jersey and Scotland international Blade Thomson has recovered from an Achilles issue to start at blindside.

On the bench, Ryan Elias, Phil Price and Javan Sebastian provide front-row cover with Lewis Rawlins and James Davies the other forward replacements. Kieran Hardy, Angus O’Brien and Tyler Morgan cover the backs. Morgan is set to make his first Scarlets appearance since joining from the Dragons.

The Scarlets and Toulon faced each other twice during the pool stages. A last-gasp converted try grabbed a 17-16 victory for the French side in November. The three-times European champions then claimed a crucial 27-15 win at Parc y Scarlets in January to ensure they topped the group. 

Head coach Glenn Delaney said: “It is a final for us. If you win three finals in a row you win a trophy. We are that far away from achieving the objective we all set out upon 12 to 13 months ago. It would be lovely to finish it off the right way. Whenever you get the opportunity to play for a trophy you have got to be very respectful and take it deadly serious, which is exactly what our boys have been doing.”

Scarlets team v RC Toulon (Saturday, September 19, 2020; kick-off 8.15pm UK)

15 Leigh Halfpenny; 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Steff Hughes, 12 Johnny Williams, 11 Steff Evans; 10 Dan Jones, 9 Gareth Davies; 1 Wyn Jones, 2 Ken Owens (capt), 3 Samson Lee, 4 Jake Ball, 5 Sam Lousi, 6 Blade Thomson, 7 Josh Macleod, 8 Sione Kalamafoni.

Reps: 16 Ryan Elias, 17 Phil Price, 18 Javan Sebastian, 19 Lewis Rawlins, 20 James Davies, 21 Kieran Hardy, 22 Angus O’Brien, 23 Tyler Morgan.

Unavailable because of injury

Rob Evans (neck), Rhys Patchell (calf), Liam Williams (foot), Daf Hughes (knee), Steff Thomas (knee), Alex Jeffries (elbow), Tomi Lewis (knee), Aaron Shingler.

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Pembrey Country Park to host one of first post-lockdown events

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CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council’s Pembrey Country Park has been chosen to host one of the first outdoor sports events in Wales since the Covid-19 lockdown.

Welsh Government has given the go ahead for three trial sport and culture events as part of its continued easing of restrictions.

Pembrey Country Park will host a duathlon on Sunday, September 6, with a limited number of competitors, although there will be no spectators.

The event will be monitored and will help inform Welsh Government policy on future sporting events as the country continues its recovery from Covid-19.

The council is working with Welsh Triathlon to ensure athletes can compete safely, with strict risk assessments and protocols being put into place.

Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, Carmarthenshire County Council’s Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “We’re delighted to host this trial event here in Carmarthenshire, and hope this signals a return of more sporting events in the future. Our teams are working alongside Welsh Government and Welsh Triathlon to ensure that the event is safe and secure whilst providing an exciting and challenging duathlon course for competitors.”

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Trundle and Robinson are back for another season with Ammanford AFC

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Ammanford AFC are pleased to announce that the Ex Swans legends Lee Trundle and Andy Robinson are back for a second season with the club

The pair helped Ammanford AFC to achieve a respectable seventh place finish in the JD Cymru South league last season.

The Supporters of Ammanford will welcome the news and will be hoping that they can go and watch their team once clearance has been given.

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