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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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Gascoigne entertains Llanelli

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OVER 400 people were at attendance in the Selwyn Samuel Centre in Llanelli on Saturday (Jun 18) to see former England legend Paul Gascoigne talk about his life and footballing career.

Gazza had the crowd in stitches with his stories from his past and was visibly emotional with the crowd’s warm reaction to him being there.

At one point a member of the crowd asked him if he could play one last game for one team who would it be… his answer was Swansea City to the crowds delight.

His next event will be in Tenby on September 17. The event was kindly sponsored by RDH Contractors and Sylan Lakes holiday cottages in five roads.

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Ryan Giggs quits as Wales manager with ‘immediate effect’

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EX Man-Utd winger has left his position as the manager of the national football team with ‘immediate effect’.

Giggs stepped back from his role in November 2020 following after being arrested.

49-year-old Giggs has been charged with assault and using controlling behaviour towards an ex-partner. A claim that Giggs has denied.

In a heartfelt statement on his decision, Giggs said: “After much consideration, I am standing down from my position as manager of the Wales men’s national team with immediate effect.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to manage my country, but it is only right that the Wales FA, the coaching staff and the players prepare for the tournament with certainty, clarification and without speculation around the position of their head coach.

“I do not want the country’s preparations for the World Cup to be affected, destabilised or jeopardised in any way by the continued interest around this case.

“I am sad that we cannot continue this journey together because I believe that this extraordinary group will make the country proud at our first World Cup since 1958.

“It is my intention to resume my managerial career at a later date.”

Following Giggs arrest in 2020, former Wales captain Robert Page took over as interim manager.

Under Page Wales beat Ukraine to earn themselves a place at Qatar World Cup for the first time in 64 years.

Giggs faces one charge of using controlling and coercive behaviour August 2017 and November 2020, one charge of assault causing actual bodily harm of his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville on November 1, 2020.

He also faces a charge of common assault on the victim’s sister.

Giggs denies all charges against him and will stand trial on August 8.

The trial is expected to last five days.

Following the announcement, a FAW spokesperson said: “The FAW places on record its gratitude to Ryan Giggs for his tenure as manager of the Cymru men’s national team and appreciates the decision he has taken, which is in the best interests of Welsh football,

“The full focus of the FAW and the Cymru men’s national team is on the Fifa World Cup in Qatar later this year.”

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Llanelli edged out as Ynystawe pull off mammoth chase

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A SCORE of 331-4 would normally be enough for a team to pick up victory, but South Wales Premier Division 2 leaders Ynystawe had other ideas as they pulled off a remarkable chase on Saturday (Jun 4).

Llanelli had been asked to bat first after Ynystawe had won the toss and their total was underpinned by a brilliant unbeaten century from Iwan Rees.

The opener hit sixteen fours and four sixes in his knock of 153 which came off 146 balls.

He had good support from Steven Devonald who scored 29 and Rhydian Morgan who scored 20 (2 fours, 1 six).

Rees and Rhys Harris shared the best stand of the match as they put on 157 runs for the fourth wicket.

Harris hit 12 fours in his score of 87 from 74 balls but he was out to the bowling of Rhys Palmer.

Rhys Westcott also finished unbeaten on 18 from 11 balls as Ynystawe were set 332 to win the game.

In reply, opener Nathan Lee scored 20 before falling to Jac Rees who also then took the wicket of Morgan Hodges on a score of 23.

Carl Roberts played well for his half century, hitting eight fours in his score of 56 before being trapped leg before by Aled Gilley.

Andrew Beasley was run out on a score of 15 and that left Ynystawe on 140-4.

Thomas Morgan and Luke Garthwaite shared 93 runs for the fifth wicket. Both reached their half centuries but Morgan was out to Iwan Rees on a score of 50.

Rees also bowled Ceri Durke and Rhys Palmer was run out by Rhydian Morgan having hit a four and a six in a quickfire score of 15.

That left Ynystawe 275-7 and they only had six overs left to get their target.

Garthwaite was on a score of 75 when Palmer fell and he took control as he smashed his way to a century.

He finished unbeaten on 118 from 67 balls after hitting 20 fours and two sixes. The last of his fours won the game for the home side as they ended up winning with two overs to spare.

On Saturday, June 11, Llanelli host Cowbridge while Ynynstawe travel to Penarth.

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