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Wanderers edged out by Llanelli

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LLANELLI won their derby game with Carmarthen Wanderers on Saturday (Jun 30) to move themselves out of the bottom two.

The game was played at Trinity Fields and it was Llanelli who won the toss and elected to bat first.

They lost Marcus Leaf early on when he was caught by Gareth Thomas off the bowling of Joseph Jones and when Craig Howells was trapped leg before by Jones, Llanelli had slipped to 26-2.

Iwan Rees and Steven Devonald then shared 110 runs for the third wicket as they looked to help teir side to a decent total.

That partnership came to an end when Devonald was caught by Nathan Burrell, also off the bowling of Jones, for a score of 42 (3 fours).

Rees then shared another 32 runs with Ryan Nicholas before he was caught and bowled by Gareth Thomas for a score of 75 which included ten fours.

Nicholas then shared another 29 runs with Rhidian Morgan who made 18 before he was caught by Stephen Inward off the bowling of Robbie Crawford.

Robert Bowen made a score of 8 before he was caught off the bowling of Thomas and Alex Symmons scored seven before he was caught and bowled by Crawford.

Crawford struck again to bowl Morgan Jones for a duck as he finished with figures of 3-58.

Nicholas finished the inning not out on 49 with three fours and a six as he helped his side to a total of 239-8.

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Carmarthen knew they would need to make a good start in their reply but they soon found themselves on the back foot as Owain Davies was caught by Iwan Rees off the bowling of Steven Devonald for a golden duck.

Gareth Thomas fell soon after when he was caught by Morgan Jones off the bowling of Vaughan Thomas.

Joshua Thomas and Stephen Inward then shared 39 runs for the third wicket but Thomas was caught by Rhidian Morgan off the bowling of Alex Symmons for a score of 13 and the Wanderers were struggling on 41-3.

Inward shared another 33 runs with Inward but he was caught and bowled by Rees for a score of 22.

Robbie Crawford joined Inward at the crease and the pair put on 55 runs for the fifth wicket which also saw Inward reach his half century.

Crawford scored just ten runs before he was stumped by Morgan Jones off the bowling of David Richards and his wicket left the Wanderers on 132-5.

Captain Leighton Walters joined Inward at the crease and the pair shared another 39 runs before Inward was eventually out, caught by Robert Bowen off the bowling of Symmons for an excellent score of 87 which included nine fours and three sixes.

Walters scored 31 but was also caught by Morgan off the bowling of Symmons and soon after, Ian Hughes was caught by Morgan off the bowling of Devonald for another golden duck.

Joesph Jones made a late score of 15 before he was bowled by Symmons who picked up his fourth wicket and although Nathan Burrell finished not out on 15 it wasn’t enough for the Wanderers.

They finished on a total of 220-9 giving victory to their opponents.

On Saturday (Jul 7), Llanelli will look to pick up another win when they host Malpas. The Wanderers will look to bounce back as they travel to Panteg.

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Wanderers edged out by Gowerton

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LLANELLI Wanderers came close to victory against Gowerton on Saturday (Feb 16) but were unable to find a winning score as they were beaten 14-18.

Gowerton had taken the lead early on with a penalty and an unconverted try gave them an 8-0 lead at half time.

The Wanderers hit back in the second half with Sianco Morgan going over for the try and the conversion from Lewis Jones brought them to within a point of their opponents.

They then took the lead as Lloyd Thomas went over and Jones again added the extras to make it 14-8.

Gowerton hit back with a converted try of their own and they were back in the lead by a single point.

They then scored a penalty to make it 14-18 with six minutes to play. Try as they might the Wanderers could not find a way through and they had to settle for a losing bonus point.

The Wanderers are next in action on Saturday, March 2, when they travel to Crymych.

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Nant hold off Trimsaran

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NANTGAREDIG remain unbeaten in League 3 West B after they sealed a narrow 17-18 win away to promotion rivals Trimsaran on Saturday (Feb 16).

The visitors took the lead with an early penalty scored but Trimsaran responded well with a try to take the lead but the conversion was missed and the home side led 5-3.

Nant hit back and got their first try of the game thanks to and the extras were added for a 3-10 lead.

They then extended their lead to 5-15 with an unconverted try and with half time looming, the lead was extended further with another penalty.

Lloyd Williams kicked one conversion and two penalties. Ben Nichols scored a try and Rhydian Evans scored the other.

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With the score 18-5 at the break Trimsaran knew they would need to play well in the second half and they very nearly pulled off an excellent comeback.

Trimsaran scored two good tries with the latter try bringing the score to 17-18 setting up a nervy finish for both sides.

However, it was Nantgaredig who showed why they have not lost a game this season as they held on for the win.

They have now won 24 games on the bounce and look favourites for the title and promotion this season.

On Friday (Feb 22), Trimsaran are at home as they take on Penybanc with the game kicking off at 7:15pm.

Nantgaredig are next in action on Saturday, March 2, when they host CR Cymry Caerdydd in the quarter final of the WRU Bowl.

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Kidwelly come from behind to win thriller

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WITH both sides residing in a similar league position in Division 1 and a spot in the Senior Cup Quarter finals up for grabs, all was set for a close encounter between Kidwelly and Felinfoel on Saturday (Feb 16).

Felinfoel had home advantage and, having already beaten their opponents 3-1 earlier in the season, they were favourites to advance to the next round, but nothing is ever that simple in football.

During the first fifteen minutes Felinfoel dominated possession with much of the play happening in and around the Kidwelly box.

Felinfoel took the lead with twenty minutes gone when a dangerous cross was delivered towards the back post which resulted in a well-taken goal.

After the restart Kidwelly showed signs of resurgence with brothers Connor and Jordan Howells linking up well in midfield and creating problems for Felinfoel.

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The fightback, however, was short lived as Felinfoel sent a wide free kick into the box and the ball was headed into the back of the net.

There was not much Kidwelly could have done about either goal as the deliveries for each were superb.

With five minutes left of the first half and Kidwelly not threatening much, they were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box. Winger Rob Hammond sent a superb high ball into the box and Kyle Griffiths, former centre-back turned midfielder, flicked the ball over the keeper and into the net to give Kidwelly a glimmer of hope.

The half time whistle went and even though Felinfoel had the better of the half Kidwelly had shown good resilience and were pleased to be only 2-1 down at the break.

The second half started with both sides playing at a high tempo with Kidwelly in a confident mood having scored before the break and having come from behind to win in other games this season.

As the game continued both teams were battling hard with some big tackle flying in. Kidwelly had far more possession in the second half and created numerous good chances.

Kidwelly were playing some good stuff but it wasn’t until the hour mark when Rob Hammond, Kidwelly’s top goal scorer, latched on to a huge goal kick and delivered a clinical finish to make it 2-2.

Not long after that, Hammond again latched on to a forward pass and with a bit of creativity managed to turn the defender and find the bottom corner with a quality finish to put his side into the lead.

Felinfoel looked to get back in the game and Kidwelly manager Gareth Evans introduced fresh legs replacing hardworking Liam Jones with club captain Luc Fitzpatrick who was returning from injury.

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This was an attempt to keep Felinfoel at bay but they threw everything they could at the makeshift Kidwelly keeper Danny Coleman, normally a number ten. However, Coleman made some tremendous saves and put his body on the line on numerous occasions.

Kidwelly survived three goal-mouth scrambles and on one occasion had ten players behind the ball trying to keep it out.

Unfortunately for Kidwelly, during one of those scrambles, veteran Chris Cray volleyed his goal keepers arm meaning Coleman would have to go off injured. He was replaced by striker Aled Giley with Daniel Griffiths, who was having an excellent game, having to go between the sticks for the rest of the game.

Both sides battled until the end with more strong tackles flying in but Kidwelly full backs Tom Hughes and Daniel Fitzpatrick had faced quality opposition wingers and came out on top.

Felinfoel played their part in an excellent cup game but Kidwelly, who have recently won five games on the bounce in Division 1, showed great resilience and team spirit to earn a thrilling win.

On Saturday (Feb 23), Kidwelly are at home as they play Pontlliw in the quarter final of the same competition, kick off 1:45pm.

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