Despite a somewhat below-par performance against mid-table opponents, the Reds still had enough guile to ensure they clinched their sixteenth win of the season to consolidate their lead as league pacesetters.
Dinas, to their credit, made life difficult for the home side, twice coming from behind to level matters before finally capitulating to yet another Lee Trundle hat trick – his seventh of the season- to take his tally to 40 goals, with further contributions from Joe Clarke and James Loveridge.
Early pressure by the hosts led to a Trundle corner being met by a Robert Thomas header at the far post which was deflected for another flag kick, and when Jordan Davies sent this across, it was headed out by a defender from under the crossbar. A ball into Trundle stationed on the edge of the box, culminated in a finish which was just wide of the back upright, while a free kick by him some 35 yards out was parried by goalkeeper Elliott Matthews only as far as Jordan Follows, but his effort lacked power and the danger was scrambled clear.
When the visitors countered through John Young, he sent Brandon Griffiths on a run down the left, and his cross to the far post was cut out by Thomas with Gavin Beddard on hand for any slip up.
A foul on Loveridge by Paul Caulfield just outside the box led to another Trundle set piece which produced a good save by Matthews who managed to push it clear but was met by Davies, and his delivery into the middle led to a diving header by Clarke which sailed just over the top.
The Reds were becoming increasingly frustrated with the visitors packing eleven men behind the ball, and clear cut chances were at a premium, before it took another Trundle free kick to break the deadlock on 29 minutes when his initial attempt rebounded off the defensive wall but back to him, and he made no mistake, driving his finish over Matthews to send the hosts in at the break with a slender lead. The advantage lasted just eight minutes into the second period, when some sloppy defensive play involving Craig Morris and Reds captain Lee Bevan led to the latter bringing down Beddard in the box, with referee Ian Hollyoake producing a yellow card for Bevan and the award of a penalty, which Beddard drove down the middle past Morris.
Fortunately, the error was rectified within three minutes when the Reds got a second, with Thomas heading a Trundle delivery back into the middle which was met by Clarke to find the net from close range. This success should have signalled an input by the home side to put the game to bed, but instead their opponents levelled matters again when David Shallis set off on a run down the right, getting past Kurtis March before finding the net from a narrow angle, Morris having come off his line to alleviate the danger in the 66th minute.
Stung by this unexpected reverse, the home side finally began to put together some telling passes and dominated the rest of the contest, with Davies being denied by Matthews when put through by Trundle, before the same combination were involved in the Reds` third goal after 79 minutes with the Dinas keeper managing to foil Davies again, only for the loose ball to be picked up by Trundle who sidestepped a couple of challenges before finding the net. Sam Wade came on as a replacement for Thomas, and within a minute of his introduction the lead was further extended with Loveridge making no mistake with a crisp bottom corner finish after Trundle set up the opportunity on 82 minutes.
Now firmly in control, the Reds wrapped up matters in stoppage time with Trundle completing his treble after Wade played him through, smashing his shot past the helpless Matthews. Not a straightforward result by any means, but nevertheless another three points towards the ultimate goal of promotion.
LLANELLI TOWN; Morris; Graves; March; Clarke; C. Thomas; Bevan ©; R. Thomas (Wade, 81);
Davies; Follows (Samuel, 68); Trundle; Loveridge (Morgan, 85);
Subs. not used; L. Jones; A. Jones.
DINAS POWYS; Matthews; Caulfield; Garland; Penikett; Bloxham; Young; L. Beddard (Edwards, 83); Fitzgerald; G. Beddard ©; Shallis (Lewis, 89); Griffiths (Palmer, 76); Sub. not used; Luck.
SCORERS; Llanelli Town – Trundle, 29, 79, 90+1; Clarke, 56; Loveridge, 82. Dinas Powys – G. Beddard (P), 53; Shallis, 66.
YELLOW CARD; Llanelli Town – Bevan.
REFEREE; Ian Hollyoake (Nottage).
The Reds make the short trip to Ammanford next Saturday for a local derby, kick off 2.30 p.m