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Games away from promotion

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Llanelli Town AFC 5

Newport City 0

THE PRESSURE is mounting at Stebonheath as the Reds edge another step closer to promotion and academy status.

Despite winning 5 – 0 against Newport City on Saturday (Feb 18), Red’s manager Andy Hill said he wanted more. Speaking to The Herald after the game Andy said: “It was a convincing win but a bit frustrating that we didn’t get a few more goals. They came to defend and they did that well. It was their game plan from the start. We have a tough match against one of the top clubs next week and we have to win that one.”

The Reds can be confident given that they remain unbeaten in the league and they still have the goal machine Lee Trundle in fine form.

Before the match all players lined up at the centre circle for a minute’s applause for former Reds player Robbie James on the anniversary of his death , and for the father of Reds groundsman , Eddie Donne , who had recently passed away. It was clearly a very emotional moment for Eddie as he lined up with t he Reds.

When the game got underway under the gaze of Welsh legend, former Wales player and manager Terry Yorath , it took a mere 15 minutes before the closely marked Trundle was brought down in the penalty area. Referee Pascal Neale pointed to the spot and Trundle punished the visitors with a pin point strike into the bottom left corner of the net to put Llanelli ahead.

James Loveridge looks like he is beginning to settle in at Stebonheath and he is a force to be reckoned with on the wing. He came close a couple of times hitting the post and crossbar.

The Reds are also fortunate enough to have the diminutive but powerful Jordan Davies in the squad. He can always be relied on to run at the opposition and set up goal scoring opportunities.

It was the Davies and Loveridge combination which netted the second goal for The Reds and despite a few attacks by the visitors it was The Reds who began to dominate the first half with City’s keeper doing well to deny Trundle and Loveridge on a few more occasions.

The second half really was frustrating for The Reds as Newport City dug their studs in and remained camped in their own half as if their lives depended on it. That did not bode well for entertainment value and they may have represented themselves better if they had taken risks rather than putting a curtain of players around the goalmouth. Trundle is unstoppable when he gets the ball in the goal area. It is a joy to watch his control, strength and skill on the ball, which inevitably ends up in a goal. So it was when he burst through the midfield and blast a shot at goal only for the City keeper to parry it out. This time Trundle was there for the rebound and side kicked it to Jordan Follows who managed to find the net for the home side’s third goal.

Within five minutes Jordan Follows got another goal, this time after a stray shot had struck him and rolled off into the goal. He won’t be complaining about the way in which it went in.

The Herald was fortunate enough to be positioned behind the City goal during the last few minutes of the match. As we pointed the camera lens towards Trundle on the edge of the goal area, he curled the ball and for one moment it appeared to be landing straight onto the camera lens. Thankfully the goal got in the way for his second and a fifth for t he Reds. The Reds are expecting a large crowd at Stebonheath tonight (Feb 24) with the visit of second-placed Briton Ferry Llansawel. This result could be crucial in deciding who wins the title.

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Llanelli Bodybuilder matches Arnie’s record

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WELSHMAN James ‘Flex’ Lewis is one of Britain’s most successful sportsmen as well as one of the world’s greatest bodybuilders.

He has made history this weekend (Sept 14-17) at the Mr. Olympia event in Las Vegas (the top international event in bodybuilding).

He went into the event the reigning five times Olympia Champion in his weight category and his incredible sixth consecutive win was just announced, which matches the record of another body building legend, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Indeed, Flex’s career as a bodybuilder has been continually likened to Arnie’s and the win this weekend further secures his place as the world’s greatest bodybuilder.

The Mr. Olympia title is the most coveted in the world of bodybuilding and the title awarded to the winner of the professional men’s contest at the annual international bodybuilding competition (the bodybuilding ‘world cup’), held by the International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness.

The event started on Thursday (September 14) in Las Vegas and the results were declared this morning. With Flex’s track record, you wouldn’t bet against another win for the Welshman next year either!

Flex Lewis originates from Llanelli in Wales and has had huge success, particularly in the States, where he is a well-known face. He is a tremendous ambassador for the sport of bodybuilding and one of Britain’s greatest athletes.

He is passionate about changing the clichéd perception of bodybuilding and for people to see it as the credible sport that it is and the athleticism it involves to participate. He’s also a real family man and not just a generic ‘muscle head’ and despite his successes, Flex remains humble, determined, focused; the same lad from the Valleys that he always was.

Flex has won over 30 national and international titles. But it is with Mr Olympia he is most synonymous. Having committed his life to what can be a very gruelling training regime and a carefully monitored diet, the victory this weekend at Olympia is extremely well deserved and cements his position as Wales’ very own Arnie!

Flex on his victory said: “I was honoured to go into the event holding the current Olympia title as the best 212 physique in the world and I am buzzing to have defended it for another year. My accomplishments are a true testament to what dedication and hard work can get you.

“If you want something bad enough and set your mind to it, it can be achieved. To equal Arnie’s record of consecutive wins at Olympia this weekend is a dream come true for me as I have always been inspired by him and he is such an icon and ambassador for bodybulding.

“I am so thrilled to have made Wales and the people of Great Britain proud.”

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Wales beaten by young Lions

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Wales: Karlin Claridge (Cardiff Blue Dragons), James Smith (West Wales Raiders), Fraser Stroud (Torfaen Tigers), Eauan Morris (Torfaen Tigers), Sean Collins (West Wales Raiders), Cobi Green (Valley Cougars), Elliot Jenkins (Thatto Heath Crusaders), Jacob Hitchcox (North Wales Crusaders), Macauley Harris (Valley Cougars), Ellis Simon (West Wales Raiders), Morgan Cross (Rhondda Outlaws), Dewi Billingham (Torfaen Tigers). Subs: Jack Morris (Cardiff Blue Dragons), Taine Hendy (Rhondda Outlaws), Nye Walker (Rhondda Outlaws), Brett Thomas (Torfaen Tigers)

Wales • 24
England Lions • 42

ENGLAND Lions under 18s ran out 42-24 winners against a Wales side who battled all the way last Saturday (Sept 16).

However the English side just had a bit too much rugby league knowledge for the Welsh and the scoreline isn’t quite reflective of how hard the Welsh team fought.

Wales took an early lead. Euan Morris scored out wide and Elliot Jenkins, who has also been named in the full Wales train-on side ahead of the World Cup, converted.

However England soon addressed the balance with a try from Will Tully converted by Cole Connolly before Eddie Wilcock went over from dummy half to give them a lead they wouldn’t give up. Connolly’s second goal made it 12-6.

Sean Collins went over in the corner for Wales’ second try which went unconverted before England score again through a Curtis Teare break finished off by Charlie Taylor with Connolly converting to make it 18-10.

England extended their lead to 24-10 when Wilcock crossed for his second try which Connolly improved but Wales hadn’t given up as Morris scored his second of the day, which went unconverted.

However, England went into half-time with a strong 30-14 lead after Liam Kenyon set up Charlie Taylor to score under the sticks. Connolly kept up his 100% first half kicking record.

Wales started their comeback 15 minutes into the second half. Brett Thomas scored out wide but again, agonisingly for Wales, it went unconverted.

They closed the gap further through a Nye Walker try that Jenkins converted and despite it being five tries each, Wales were still six points down with just ten minutes to go.

England then pulled away with two tries in the closing stages to seal the win. Will Ashworth ran 70 metres to score under the sticks and from kick-off, Wilcock grabbed his hat-trick. Connolly converted both.

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Wanderers seal T20 final win

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Carmarthen Wanderers: SWCA T20 winners 2017

WELSH PREMIER DIVISION 2 side Carmarthen Wanderers capped a superb season by winning their South Wales Cricket Association T20 cup final against Ynysygerwn by 3 wickets.

Left arm spinner Ian Hughes four overs saw him take 1-15 but it was Steve Mills who turned the game towards the Wanderers as he took three wickets in nine balls, much to the delight of the Wanderers ‘barmy army’.

The season’s star player, spinner Gareth Thomas bagged three wickets during the final overs to dismiss Ynys for 98, with wicket keeper Owain Evans claiming three dismissals.

The Wanderers attacked from the off with Steve Inward blasting 39 runs in 6 overs in conjunction with Owain Evans [24] adding 55 for the first wicket.

Going into the final over the Wanderers were 93-7 before youngster Liam Rogers clubbed a boundary to relieve the pressure before Owain Davies hit the penultimate ball to the fence, the Wanderers enjoyed one of the finest moments in their club’s history.

Having lifted the SWCA T20 trophy, Walters triumphantly stated: “Winning this trophy is an outstanding achievement as Ynys are a quality side. We bowled and fielded well and got across the line as the pressure mounted during the final overs.

“This is a fitting reward as we have remained unbeaten since May and lifting the cup means so much to everybody at the club, especially those who work so hard behind the scenes. Our large band of travelling supporters provided a great atmosphere which made the occasion such a special day.”

The man of the match awarded went to Steve Mills, who is in his first season with the Club having arrived from his home club, Pembrokeshire first division side Johnston.

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