Llanelli Town AFC 

LLANELLI TOWN 5 AMMANFORD 0

Llanelli Town proved emphatically on the visit of near-neighbours Ammanford that they were not just a one-man band, as a storming all-round display, particularly from Luke Jones who filled in for the absent Lee Trundle, took the opposition to the cleaners, and could well have added more to the final tally. Jones helped himself to a brace, with the only regret being he did not notch a hat-trick, with other contributions coming from Jordan Follows, Callum Silcox and Chris Thomas.

The visitors, on paper, are a decent side, but they had no answer to the intensity of their opponents who, on this form, are going to be a difficult side to beat. The writing  was on the wall as early as the fourth minute following an initial attempt  by Silcox which was blocked but rebounded to Jones whose effort suffered a similar fate, before Follows eventually was on hand to beat  goalkeeper James Kirkwood from close range.

A flare-up involving players on both sides came after a robust challenge by the visitorsCerith Wiliams on Robert Thomas, and Williams continued to tread a fine line throughout the contest with referee Paul Meredith taking a lenient view regarding some of his tackles. Follows played a delightful pass which was pursued by Kyle Graves, but he was denied by a last ditch interception, and when Silcox set up Jones in the area, he was unable to turn to get away his strike.

On the half hour, the Reds increased the lead when a ball back to Kirkwood led to Jones challenging for possession, and when the keeper attempted his clearance, it rebounded off the striker and into the net. The home goal had barely come under threat, the nearest effort arising from a Ross Jones free kick driven low into the goalmouth which Craig Morris dealt with comfortably.

Robert Thomas brought off a timely tackle to deny Craig Frater when the visitors` striker was homing in on goal, before the hosts struck again in the 39th minute with Kirkwood again being culpable when attempting a clearance, with Ross Jones on this occasion making life difficult for him, and the ball eventually arriving at the feet of Silcox who slotted home.

The Ammanford rearguard was being run ragged, and when a Lee Bevan clearance sent Follows clear, he unselfishly squared a pass to Jones, but his attempt on target was blocked. There were appeals for a penalty by the home side when Jones appeared to be hauled down in the box by Euros Griffiths, but the referee waved them away. In cruise control at the interval, the Reds made a change with Liam Samuel replacing Follows at the start of the second period, but the visitors did prove more of a threat in the second half,  without causing too many problems.

Morris was called into a rare piece of action to keep out with an outstretched leg a flick by Jonathan Thomas, while Chris Thomas got In the way of a Frater attempt after a header forward by Williams. Sam Wade, returning to the Reds for a second stint following his move from Goytre United, came on for Silcox, before the lead was extended further in the 63rd minute with Jones displaying good strength to burst through two tackles, finishing with a fierce strike past Kirkwood.

Further chances continued to be created by the home side, with Samuel being put clear by Jordan Davies, who also deserves a mention for another outstanding midfield display, but this time Kirkwood was able to keep out his near post attempt. This was just a respite, as a Richard Lewis corner was headed goalwards by Bevan with Chris Thomas making sure by diverting it beyond the keeper after 70 minutes. Jones could then have added further to his tally, but shot into the side netting when he was paut clear, and fired just  wide shortly after when afforded another opportunity. The final whistle must have come as somewhat of a relief to Ammanford who had been comprehensively outplayed, and the result sees the Reds regain top spot in the league table, and can look forward with confidence to the upcoming league and cup fixtures which await them.

LLANELLI TOWN; Morris; Graves; Lewis; R. Thomas; C. Thomas; Bevan ©; R. Jones (Morgan, 69); Davies; L. Jones; Follows (Samuel, 46); Silcox (Wade, 58); Subs. not used; Powell; Hill.

AMMANFORD; Kirkwood; M. Jones; Walsh; Griffiths; Owen (N. Jones, 78); Williams  (Murray, 86); R. Jones; Forkuoh; Frater (Chapman, 89); Thomas; Fisher; Sub. not used; Ramo.

SCORERS;  Llanelli Town -  Follows,4; L. Jones, 30, 63; Silcox, 39; C. Thomas, 70.
YELLOW CARDS;     Llanelli Town – Davies. Ammanford – Williams; Owen.

REFEREE; Paul Meredith (Penllergaer).

ATTENDANCE;                      308.

 

The Reds travel to meet Croesyceiliog next Saturday, kick off 2 p.m.

TAFFS WELL 2 LLANELLI TOWN 3

10 games, 23 goals and 5 hat-tricks – the Lee Trundle bandwagon shows no sign of slowing down, and for this Llanelli Town must be eternally grateful. He completed another treble at Rhiwdda to ensure the visitors would be in the third round draw of the JD Welsh Cup at the expense of their first division opponents, and with the Welsh Premier clubs entering the competition at this stage, the Reds will be hoping for a favourable outcome – preferably at Stebonheath.

Both sides qualified for the round in completely different circumstances with the Wellmen being taken to a penalty shoot-out at home against Port Talbot Town after a goalless 120 minutes, while their opponents crushed Trethomas  Bluebirds 6-0, and there was much expectation surrounding this tie, evidenced by the large attendance in excess of 500. The visitors made a number of changes to their starting line-up with Jordan Follows returning after his one match suspension to partner Trundle up front, allowing Ross Jones to revert to midfield while Richard Lewis replaced Adam Jones at left back, who was on the bench along with Luke Jones, Liam Samuel, Luke Morgan and Anthony Finselbach.

The Reds began well, with both Trundle and Callum Silcox  going close, while Jordan Davies won possession from Kyle Patten before making ground into the box, but delayed too long and was crowded out. A long clearance by home captain, Dan Clare, found ex Cardiff City player Leon Jeanne deep in the Reds` half, and his first time volley drifted just off target.

Jeanne would prove to be a constant threat throughout, and it was from his delivery on the left which led to the opening goal on 22 minutes when Craig Morris could only palm it on to the head of Simon Prangley who gratefully accepted the gift from close range. There then occurred a touchline incident involving home manager Lee Bridgeman and referee Gavin Townsend, leading to the dismissal of Bridgeman to the stand, before the Reds levelled matters in the 36th minute through Trundle, when he picked up a pass at the near post before somehow guiding his finish through the narrowest of gaps between the upright and goalkeeper Phil Draper.

Spurred by this, they pushed forward with Robert Thomas firing wide, while a Lewis free kick was met by Trundle but kept out by the keeper who then managed to deny Thomas from the rebound. Lee Bevan won a tussle for the ball with Prangley before finding Trundle, but on this occasion his finish was wayward. All square at the break, within five minutes of the restart the Wellmen went ahead again after Chris Thomas and Marcus Jones were involved in a challenge for a ball in the box with the latter going down and referee Townsend pointing to the spot.

Jeanne stepped up to take the kick, but Morris guessed correctly and his sprawling save kept it out, but unluckily the ball ran loose to Jeanne who steered it home. Home celebrations at the success were however shortlived, as within four minutes their opponents struck back following a cross driven low into the middle which Trundle met on the turn on the edge of the area to sweep it past Draper into the bottom corner. It then took an important save by Morris to keep out a potential goalbound effort from Mike Murphy, and this proved crucial as within a minute Trundle struck again, brilliantly turning a clutch of defenders prior to smashing his finish into the net to put the Reds ahead for the first time in the tie after 56 minutes.

The home side piled on the pressure following this setback, and the visitors were forced to defend deep, with Morris just managing to beat Prangley to a cross into the goalmouth by Jones, while Jeanne continued to cause problems down the left flank whenever he gained possession. With time running out, the Reds came close to adding a fourth when invariably Trundle picked up a pass on the byline and somehow dribbled  past the covering defenders before unleashing his finish, but a block at the near post just about kept it out.  At the final whistle, the Reds celebrated another famous win, but the drama was still not quite over as home player, Tom Burridge, was red carded, presumably for comments made to the referee.

TAFFS WELL;   Draper; Thomas; McDonnell; Burridge; Clare ©; Hodge (Mohsin, 59);  M. Jones;
Patten (Feeley, 74); Prangley; Jeanne; Murphy;
Subs. not used; N. Jones; McLean; Micallef.

LLANELLI TOWN;  Morris; Graves; Lewis; R. Thomas; C. Thomas; Bevan ©; R. Jones (Morgan, 79); Davies; Follows; Trundle; Silcox (Samuel, 71);  
Subs. not used; L. Jones; A. Jones; Finselbach.

SCORERS;    Taffs Well;    Prangley, 22; Jeanne (P), 50. Llanelli Town;   Trundle, 36, 54, 56.

YELLOW CARDS;  Taffs Well; Hodge; Prangley; Burridge (2).

RED CARD;  Taffs Well; Burridge.

REFEREE;  Gavin Townsend (Tredegar).

ATTENDANCE;  500 (Est.).

The Reds have no game this weekend due to the Wales World Cup qualifier. Their next match is home to near neighbours  Ammanford on Saturday, 19th November. Kick off 2 p.m.

 

           

BRITON FERRY LLANSAWEL 2 LLANELLI TOWN 2

At the close, honours were even between the two leading sides in division two, but the visitors left it late with a 93rd minute equaliser from Lee Trundle earning them a point. They were also labouring under the handicap of having to play almost thirty minutes with only ten men when Jordan Follows was sent off after 68 minutes, but fortunately Trundle is proving to be a talisman for the Reds, having now amassed 17 goals in just eight matches, while his presence is adding hugely to attendances both at home and away, with 506 spectators at Old Road – their best figure for over twenty years.

It was a game of contrasting halves, with the first eminently forgettable with far too many errors being made by both teams, coupled with a distinct lack of goalmouth incident. The visitors created a couple of half chances, with Calum Silcox delivering a ball across the face of goal which was scrambled away for a corner, and when Jordan Davies fed Trundle he returned the compliment, only for Davies to fire over the top. A late David Brown challenge on Davies did not warrant a caution in the opinion of referee Chris Hames, before the home side created their first real chance when a long kick out by keeper Steve Cann afforded Daniel Thomas a shooting opportunity which he struck off target.

 A Steve Davey free kick into the Reds` area was fumbled by Craig Morris, but after an initial scramble, the danger was cleared. Anthony Finselbach was taken off by the visitors following a caution for a lunging tackle on Steve Baker, Liam Samuel replacing him on 29 minutes, but overall the contest was proving to be something of a disappointment, particularly following the build-up to the game.

 Just before the break, probably the best chance of the half fell to the Reds following a promising move which culminated in a cross to the far post which was met by Lee Bevan, but his finish was wide of the target. The second half had to be an improvement on the first forty five minutes, and so it turned out, with far more attacking flair by either side  leading to chances at both ends.

 Trundle was the first to threaten, and when he was brought down he took the ensuing free kick, but drove it high over the goal. Another set piece, this time by Ross Jones, led to a melee in front of the Ferry net, before it was scrambled clear. Follows then received his first caution, and almost immediately the hosts took the lead on 57 minutes following a free kick lofted to the edge of the box, and Gareth Jones met it superbly to send his finish over the despairing grasp of Morris.

 

To their credit, the Reds struck back and were on level terms within two minutes, when Davies played a ball into the feet of Trundle, who deftly floated it over a bemused Cann into the top corner. Just ten minutes later, they were then reduced to ten men following the dismissal of Follows for a second yellow and red card in the 68th minute, and their opponents took full advantage of this setback by regaining the lead within a minute, this time courtesy of Thomas with a firmly struck finish into the bottom corner.

 Luke Jones came on as a replacement for Samuel, and the visitors came within inches from levelling matters again with Trundle smashing a fierce free kick goalwards which had Cann beaten, only to see it rebound off a post and out to safety. Ferry then had a great chance of settling matters, but Jones failed to finish when a free kick was driven to the back post, and they were made to pay for this lapse when, with the contest in stoppage time, Trundle again produced a touch of magic, somehow converting a Bevan clearance with his back to goal across Cann and inside the far upright. There was just about tine for a minute or two of further play, but at the close both sides were probably happy with a share of the spoils, and should surely be in contention for honours at the close of the season.

 BRITON FERRY LLANSAWEL;   S. Cann ©; Baker; Davies (Napieralla, 60); Healey; Cockings; Hillier; Da Silva (S. Brown, 71); Thomas; D. Brown; Jones; Davey;  

Subs. not used; R. Cann; Ryan; Nicholas.

 

LLANELLI TOWN; Morris; Graves; R. Thomas (Mainwaring, 89); Finselbach  (Samuel, 29 (L. Jones, 72); C. Thomas; Bevan ©; Silcox; Davies; Follows; Trundle; R. Jones;
Subs. not used; Morgan; Lewis.

 

SCORERS;    Briton Ferry Llansawel;   Jones, 57; Thomas;69. Llanelli Town ;   Trundle, 59, 90+3.

 

YELLOW CARDS;    Briton Ferry Llansawel;  Jones; Thomas. Llanelli Town ;   Finselbach; Follows (2); Trundle.

 

RED CARD; Llanelli Town; Follows.

 

REFEREE; Chris Hames (Aberdare).

 

The Reds travel to meet STM Sports next Saturday in the third round of the League Cup. Kick off 2.30 p.m.

 

STM SPORTS 1 LLANELLI TOWN 4

The goal machine aka Lee Trundle was in full flow again in this League Cup tie, as yet another hat trick blew away the opposition to send the visitors through to the quarter finals. It is quite incredible to witness his almost casual finishing technique which more often than not leaves the goalkeeper helpless, and the latest salvo arrived within the space of seven minutes to add to an earlier Chris Thomas opener.

 The home side, despite their third division status, are certainly no pushovers, and in Lamin Conteh possess a striker of high calibre, with bags of pace and awareness off the ball, and he was rewarded for his efforts with a well taken goal. Without the suspended Jordan Follows following his red card at Briton Ferry Llansawel, Ross Jones was pressed into service up front for the Reds, while Adam Jones made a return at left back after his injury.     An early chance for the visitors fell to Callum Silcox when a quickly taken Trundle free kick set him up, but he fired his finish off target.

The home side then had a chance of scoring themselves, when a poor ball by Anthony Finselbach gave Chris Worsley the chance of a run into the box, but he finished weakly and Craig Morris was able to fall on the loose ball. Conteh also went close when he was put clear, dragging his attempt wide of the far post, and both sides continued to create chances, making for an enjoyable contest.

Kyle Graves was just unable to pull the trigger when Trundle played him in, while Liam Samuel delayed his shot following, a Jordan Davies assist and the chance was lost. James Peckham in the home goal did well to keep out a near post shot by Silcox with Trundle again involved, but he was beaten on 37 minutes when a Davies corner was headed across goal by Trundle to the far post where Thomas was on hand to ensure it crossed the line.

Just before the break, STM attacked through David Brooks who appeared to be well  offside, but the flag stayed down and he could , in the end, only find the side netting. Richard Lewis, back after injury, came on for Adam Jones at the start of the second half, and within a minute the Reds doubled the lead with Trundle taking full advantage of a superb through ball from Davies to easily beat Peckham.

Three minutes later, the Swansea City legend was found again just outside the area, and he effortlessly curled his finish over the bemused keeper, and completed his treble in the 53rd minute, drilling a free kick low past the wall and the helpless Peckham. The visitors then rang the changes, with Robert Thomas and Luke Jones taking over from Ross Jones and Davies respectively, with the latter having yet again pulled the strings in midfield and is proving to be a valuable asset.

With nothing to lose, the hosts strung together a few attacking moves, and Morris was forced to turn over an effort by Dale Gardiner, and was called into action again to deny Brooks when Conteh laid on the opportunity. They deservedly pulled one back in the 64th minute through Conteh who got his reward for all his hard work by holding off the attentions of three defenders on a run through the middle, before finding the bottom corner with a well placed finish.

When the visitors retaliated, Luke Jones somehow failed to connect with a Samuel delivery into the goalmouth, while Samuel himself might have done better when he was put clear following a move involving Jones and Trundle, but could only direct his finish at Peckham from close range. A timely tackle on Trundle by Michael Nisbitt prevented the striker from homing in on goal, and when Jones met the loose ball, it was finger tipped over by the keeper. At the final whistle, a scuffle broke out in the centre circle involving players on both sides, culminating in a red card for home captain, Dale Gardiner – a sorry ending to a contest which had been played in a good spirit. 

STM SPORTS;  Peckham; L. Nisbitt (Hodge, 79); L. Gardiner; A. Gardiner (Graham, 51); M. Nisbitt;
Brown; Brooks; D. Gardiner ©; Lane (Hajgato); Worsley; Conteh; Subs. not used; Brett; Cox.

 LLANELLI TOWN;   Morris; Graves; A. Jones (Lewis, 46); Finselbach; C. Thomas; Bevan ©; Samuel;
J. Davies (L. Jones, 57); R. Jones (R. Thomas, 50); Trundle; Silcox; Subs. not used Morgan; H. Davies.

 SCORERS; STM SPORTS;    Conteh, 64. LLANELLI TOWN;   C. Thomas, 37; Trundle, 46, 49, 53.

 YELLOW CARD;  LLANELLI TOWN; Bevan.

 RED CARD;  STM  SPORTS;  D. Gardiner.

 REFEREE;  Neil Stevens.

 Next Friday evening, the Reds are involved in yet another cup competition when they travel to meet first division outfit Taffs Well in the second round of the JD Welsh Cup. Kick off 7.30 p.m.

 

 

 

NEWPORT CITY 0 LLANELLI TOWN 6

Yet another Lee Trundle hat-trick, a brace by Jordan Follows and an opener from Jordan Davies, steamrollered the home side to a crushing defeat, and if had not been for the heroics of goalkeeper Adam Webb, the final tally could easily have been doubled.

The visitors were without the services of Richard Lewis, Anthony Finselbach and Adam Jones, but welcomed back, after a lengthy absence through injury, Rhys Powell, and also Luke Morgan, both initially named as substitutes.

 With only a solitary win to show from their opening six matches, City were desperate to reverse a losing trend with a good showing, and they opened brightly enough, making inroads into the Reds` half but without offering any real serious goal threat.

As the visitors settled, they began to look menacing, and when Trundle met and controlled a superb Robert Thomas cross, his fierce shot on target was kept out by Webb with Follows just unable to take advantage of the subsequent rebound.

Three goals in the space of six minutes then completely changed the complexion of the contest, firstly when a short Trundle corner found its way to Davies whose blistering angled finish gave Webb no chance on 16 minutes.

Three minutes later, Follows drove a free kick from just outside the box low towards the goal, and it evaded everyone before ending up in the net, while  the lead was stretched further in the 22nd minute after Follows sent Callum Silcox clear down the left, and his driven cross into the middle was turned home by Trundle.

Webb did well to close down Follows in the area from another Trundle assist, before he somehow managed to divert a point blank range effort by Follows over the top following a build-up involving Silcox and Trundle.

Robert Thomas drove over the City bar at the far post when Trundle delivered the cross, and it took a timely defensive block on Trundle to prevent a further goal when he was picked out by Thomas.

Three minutes from the break, the Reds struck again when Chris Thomas sent Follows clear with a superb ball over the top, and he rounded Webb before slotting into a vacant goal. Four up at the interval, within seconds of the restart it became five with Trundle heading down a Robert Thomas cross past the keeper.

City were being run ragged, with Liam Samuel becoming the next to go close, striking the outside of the post after Trundle and Follows combined to set him up. Silcox then shot narrowly wide, while Webb did well to keep out at full stretch another Trundle attempt when he seized on a Follows pass and shot goalwards. He was not to be denied his treble, however, which he completed after 75 minutes, brilliantly controlling a ball into the heart of the City defence before sidestepping the keeper and finding the net. An effort by Samuel deflected off home defender Nick Simcock and was destined for the net, but Webb brought off another fine save to divert it for a corner.

 

Another comfortable and convincing win for the Reds who have now racked up 34 goals from their opening eight league games, and head the table by six points from second placed Briton Ferry Llansawel, who they meet at Old Road next Friday evening in what should turn out to be a cracker. Kick off is at 7.30 p.m.

 

NEWPORT CITY;   Webb; Grant ©; Smith (Owen, 68); Thompson; Simcock; Coleman; James; Rake (Abang, 63); Perretty; Flynn; Bull (Argyle, 86); Subs. not used; Buckley; Cosway.

 

LLANELLI TOWN;   Morris; Graves; R. Thomas; R. Jones (Morgan, 65); C. Thomas; Bevan ©;  Samuel; J. Davies; Follows (H. Davies, 76); Trundle; Silcox; Subs. not used; Powell; Martin; Hill.

SCORERS;                Llanelli Town – J. Davies, 16; Follows, 19, 42; Trundle, 22, 46, 75.

YELLOW CARDS;    Newport City – Coleman; Abang.

REFEREE;                Matthew Street (Trethomas).