CARMARTHEN Town and Llanelli Town will both look to avoid cup upsets on Saturday (Dec 8) as they play their JD Welsh Cup third round matches.
Carmarthen Town are away to Welsh League Division 1 side Goytre United while Llanelli Town are also on the road as they go Anglesey to take on Llangefni Town.
Llangefni have enjoyed a good run so far having won in the North section of the cup beating Saltney Town 4-0 to qualify for the main draw.
In Round 1 they beat Borth United 2-0 and they followed that up with a 5-1 thumping of St Asaph in Round 2.
The North-Walians currently sit top in Division 1 of the Welsh Alliance League with eight wins and a draw from their ten games so far this season.
It means they will likely provide stiff competition for Andy Hill’s Reds who currently sit second bottom in the Welsh Premier League.
The Reds have three wins and two draws from their sixteen league games so far but have a draw and a win from their last two matches.
They will be looking to keep their mini run going into the Welsh Cup and a win could give them a boost ahead of League games away to Cardiff Met and at home to Bala Town.
Carmarthen have had a similarly tough start to their Welsh Premier League season with just four wins and four draws to their name so far.
They also have a similar record to the Reds from their last two games and will again be looking to enjoy a good cup run.
The Old Gold reached the quarter final stages last season before being beaten by Aberystwyth and they will be hoping for a repeat of that run.
They come up against a Goytre United side currently sitting seventh in Division 1 of the Welsh Leagues.
Like Carmarthen they also have four wins and four draws from their twelve games so far this season.
They enjoyed a 6-1 thrashing of Port Talbot Town in their last match and they are a team that has goals in them having drawn 3-3 with Undy and rivals Goytre 4-1 in previous matches.
They will also provide a stiff test for the Old Gold and Manager Neil Smothers told the Herald: “The game against Goytre is one that we are very much looking forward to. The Welsh cup is always a big occasion for us and one we always look forward to playing in.
“The draw has given us a tricky away one with Goytre being an excellent club that have some very good players and a good management team, added to that they have some ex-players and it will be an extremely tough game (but it will also be good to catch up with some players).
“We will prepare correctly and will not be taking anything for granted but we are certainly looking forward to the challenge.”
Ingledon stars as Laugharne sweep Town aside
LAUGHARNE remain second in Division 3 after they beat Haverfordwest Thirds by 150 runs in Division 3 of the Pembrokeshire League on Saturday (May 18).
The Carmarthenshire-side batted first and made an impressive total of 217-8 from their 45 overs.
James Ingledon was the mainstay of the innings as he top scored with 71 while he was supported by Carl Stephenson who scored 26.
Andrew Edwards added 22 and Kevin Pearce scored 21 as Town struggled to keep them below 200 runs.
Alistair Dyer was the pick of the bowlers for Town with two wickets for the loss of 22 runs.
There was also two wickets for Paul Jenkins (2-45) and Will Phillips (2-45).
Having starred with the bat, Ingledon then did so with the ball as he took five wickets for the loss of only 16 runs.
Carl Smith also took three for the loss of 15 runs as they helped bowl Haverfordwest out for just 67.
Jason Phillips top scored with 18 for Town but it did little to affect the outcome of the game.
The win keeps Laugharne nine points behind leaders Herbrandston who they play in the second round of the Harrison Allen Bowl tonight.
On Saturday (May 25), Laugharne are away to Llanrhian while Haverfordwest Thirds are at home to Narberth Seconds.
Llanelli secure Premiership status
LLANELLI secured their place in the Principality Premiership for next season on Friday night as they beat Championship winners Pontypool 27-16 in the play off at Aberavon.
Pontypool have only lost one game in three seasons but knew they would need to win to go up at the expense of Llanelli.
They started well but saw a couple of opportunities go begging early on and there was still no score with twenty minutes gone.
Six minutes later Pontypool charged down a kick and were given a penalty after Llanelli were deemed guilty of an offside for which saw yellow.
Pooler then sent the resulting kick through the posts to give them the lead.
Soon after, Shaun Evans had a chance for Llanelli when he ran into the Pooler 22 but after he was halted they went right when they perhaps should have gone the other way and the chance soon went.
Pooler then doubled their lead with another penalty as Llanelli were guilty of a number of infringements in the first half.
However, on the stroke of half time, Llanelli took the lead as they initiated a rolling maul and Taylor Davies went over for the try which was converted by Tom Prydie.
That gave the men in red a 7-6 lead at the break but they knew they would face a strong charge from Pooler in the second half.
Early in the second half, Llanelli looked to increase their lead when Ryan Conbeer went on a snaking run but he was halted just before the line by an excellent try-saving tackle from Lloyd Lewis.
Pooler then took the lead again with a penalty but Prydie answered with a penalty of his own to put Llanelli back in front at 10-9.
Soon after, Llanelli began to take control as they pushed a Pooler scrum backwards, earning a penalty, and Prydie kicked them further ahead.
Two minutes later they had another try as Steff Hughes kicked forward and Conbeer kicked on before falling on the ball in the try area. Prydie then added the extras to make it 20-9 with fifteen minutes to go.
They then scored their third try of the game as Lee Rees broke free after an excellent Callum Evans pass and the on-loan Llandovery player ran on to score. Prydie converted again to complete a great man-of-the-match performance.
With three minutes to go Scott Matthews touched the ball down under the posts and after it was confirmed as a try by the TMO it was converted bringing the score to 27-16.
Llanelli continued to play and thought they had scored late on but Callum Evans was called back after referee Nigel Owens, superb in the middle, spotted a forward pass from Prydie.
It left Pooler with little time to respond and Llanelli saw the game out to seal their place in the Premiership for the 2019-20 season.
Spotlight on superstars in South Wales
THE next two days around Cardiff will reverberate to the excited strains of a bowls community poised to experience the best of the best, when the first week of a two-week festival of international competition reaches its climax.
Over the five days the 2019 Atlantic Championships – featuring twenty-five bowling nations from the European, African and South American theatres at four host clubs around the Welsh capital – Barry Athletic, Dinas Powys, Penarth Windsor and Penylan – has gone through the qualifying stanza in women’s singles and fours, along with men’s pairs and triples.
In the short term the rewards are medals for excellence at this event, while qualification for next year’s world championships in Australia enjoys equal status.
Tomorrow and Thursday will be the stuff of which adventure heroes are made as many of the game’s greatest players strut their stuff – tomorrow’s elimination finals are at Barry Athletic and Dinas Powys, then the gold medal play-offs at Penylan on Thursday.
Spectators at Penalyn this morning enjoyed a teaser of what to expect when two superstars went at it in the flat green game’s version of a cat fight. It was a women’s singles encounter featuring a former Commonwealth Games gold medalist England’s Natalie Chestney, who won in Dehli in 2010; up against Scotland’s Caroline Brown, who has three world championship gold medals to her credit – the indoor singles at Potters in 2007, World Cup singles at Warilla in 2014 and the 2012 world fours in Adelaide.
The quality of bowls was exceptional as Chestney demonstrated the class that elevated her to the dizziest heights. After scores were level at 9-9 at eleven ends, the England star restricted Brown to just three scoring ends for the rest of the match, winning 21-14.
At major international events sectional top finishers graduate immediately to the semi finals, while the next two best finishers are sent to the elimination rounds.
Tomorrow at Dinas Powys, Scotland takes on England and Kenya plays Zimbabwe in women’s fours at 9.30am, with winners to play South Africa and Wales respectively at Barry Athletic at 2.30. Similarly, Malta plays Ireland along with Jersey against Guernsey in men’s pairs at Dinas Powys at 9.30am, with the winners heading to Barry Athletic in the afternoon to take on the mighty England and Scotland teams in the semi finals at 2.30pm.
Conversely, Barry Athletic will host England against Malta and Jersey versus Namibia in the morning men’s triples, with winners pitted against Scotland and South Africa respectively at Dinas Powys in the afternoon.
The blue ribbon women’s singles at Barry will see Natalie Chestney (England) v Colleen Piketh (South Africa) and Cindy Royet (France) v Ruti Gilor (Israel) at 9.30am – the winners playing Lucy Beere (Guernsey) and Caroline Brown (Scotland) respectively at Dinas Powys in the afternoon.
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