Llanelli Town AFC 

AMMANFORD 1 LLANELLI TOWN 4

There are few superlatives left to describe one of the greatest seasons ever in the Reds` long history, although  a few more could be added following their final league game at Ammanford when they maintained their unbeaten record, having  dropped just 14 points throughout the campaign.

In doing so, they have accumulated 108 goals while conceding 29; gaining promotion to the Welsh League first division; becoming league champions, while their talisman, Lee Trundle, with his ninth hat-trick of the season  has racked up 50 goals. They could well have easily doubled the eventual tally when they met their near neighbours, but some wayward finishing and desperate home defending kept the final score down to a reasonable figure.

Jordan Follows failed to capitalise on an early chance when some good build-up play by Joe Clarke and Jordan Davies set him up, before the visitors opened their account on 15 minutes with Follows and Davies both involved before Trundle finished off the move by firing past goalkeeper James Kirkwood inside the far post. However, their opponents were only behind for four minutes, when a free kick wide on the left was delivered into the area where it took a deflection off a Reds` defender and on to the head of Rhys Owen and beyond Craig Morris.

Encouraged by this, the home side broke with Craig Frater chasing down a clearance and making ground before tamely sending his finish into the hands of Morris. Frater was then further involved when he took a free kick awarded for a foul on James Murray just outside the box, and Morris did well to push over the effort which was destined for the top corner. When the Reds countered, both Trundle and Davies saw their attempts blocked by the home defence, and when a long kick out by Morris evaded the Ammanford rearguard, it was picked up by Trundle, but for once his finishing was awry.

Follows was the next to fail to capitalise when Richard Lewis found Trundle who laid on a pass for him, but with the goal at his mercy, he delayed his shot and was closed down. A minute from the break, the visitors finally got their reward when they got a second, when again some fine approach work involving Clarke, Davies and Follows led to the ball being squared across the face of goal for Ross Jones to guide it home.

Marginally ahead going into the second half, the Reds were awarded a penalty just six minutes after the restart following a ball by Clarke into the feet of Trundle who was then floored in the box, and he picked himself up before smashing the kick past Kirkwood. Nine minutes later, the Swansea City legend completed his treble when, with seemingly nothing on, he executed an overhead kick which caught the keeper unawares before bouncing off him into the net to notch up his ninth hat-trick and reach 50 goals in the process.

Follows and Jones were replaced by Liam Samuel and James Loveridge in the 62nd minute, and both figured prominently up to the final whistle. Samuel, in fact, had a number of good chances of stretching the lead, but a combination of Kirkwood and a block by Kieran Rees at the near post denied him. He also set up Davies with a shooting chance, but he fired just over the top, and despite dominating the closing stages, the Reds failed to add to their tally but nevertheless were jubilant at the close of having achieved the no mean feat of an unbeaten league season.

They join the likes of Ton Pentre, Cardiff Institute, Barry Town (twice), Bridgend Town, Swansea Town Reserves and Lovells who have all gone through various campaigns undefeated over the years.

AMMANFORD;    Kirkwood; Soal; K. Rees; Griffiths (Chapman, 34) (Thomas, 71) Owen ©; D. Jones; Murray; G. Rees; Frater; Edwards (Williams, 46); G. Jones; Subs. not used; Butler; Davies (GK).

LLANELLI TOWN;   Morris; March; Lewis (Finselbach, 68); R. Thomas; C. Thomas; Bevan ©; Clarke;
Davies; Follows (Samuel, 62); Trundle; R. Jones (Loveridge, 62); Subs. not used; Morgan; L. Jones.

SCORERS;  Ammanford – Owen, 19. Llanelli Town – Trundle, 15, 51 (P), 60; R. Jones, 44.

YELLOW CARD;    Ammanford – Murray.

REFEREE; Paul Fisher (Port Talbot).