LLANELLI TOWN 2 GOYTRE 0
The first ever meeting between the two sides ended in a comfortable win for the hosts but who, in truth, should have added two or three further goals to the eventual total.
They failed to convert a penalty, struck the woodwork twice and found former Reds` keeper, Glyn Garner, in commanding form, bringing off a number of great saves.
In contrast, the toothless visitors` attack barely troubled Craig Morris at the other end, without a single shot on target throughout.
Lee Trundle in the first half and Liam Samuel in the closing stages ensured the Reds` position at the head of the first division table, three points clear of Penybont, and six and seven points better off than Haverfordwest County and Afan Lido, respectively.
The only negative aspect to emerge from the home perspective was the dismissal after 66 minutes of midfield dynamo, Jordan Davies, for an incident off the ball, and he will be sorely missed in the busy run-up to the end of the season.
Early attempts by Trundle and Davies narrowly failed to find the target, and when James Loveridge did net, an offside flag ruled out the effort.
He went close again when he was played in by Davies, before unleashing a well struck shot which rebounded off the near post with Garner beaten.
On 21 minutes, Trundle was picked out close to goal, but in attempting to get off a strike, he was brought down, and referee Jordan Harman pointed to the spot.
Joe Clarke stepped up to take the kick put placed it too close to the keeper, who was able to divert it clear.
Within six minutes of this, the Reds then deservedly took the lead after an initial cross by Chris Jones into the goalmouth led to a scramble in front of the net, culminating in a cheeky backheel by Trundle just inside the upright.
With their opponents offering little in the way of attacking options, the home side continued to dominate matters, and when another fierce strike by Trundle was beaten out by Garner, Clarke met the loose ball only for the Goytre keeper to excel himself again with another close range block.
Somehow, still only ahead by the solitary goal at the break, the Reds continued where they had left off after the restart, bombarding the visitors` goal, with Garner bringing off a fabulous save to deny Davies from almost on the line after a Trundle free kick rebounded off the defensive wall.
Frustration was setting in as the home side continued to search for the elusive second goal which would surely seal victory, and again they were denied by the woodwork when Trundle met a Jones delivery but sent it against the underside of the bar before bouncing out to safety.
They were then dealt a blow with the dismissal of Davies, but still controlled matters, with their opponents distinctly second best and seemingly incapable of stringing together any worthwhile moves.
Samuel came on as a replacement for Jones, and Loveridge made way for Jordan Follows, before six minutes from time, victory was assured following a trademark reverse pass by Trundle to send Samuel clear, and he rounded the advancing Garner who, for once, could not prevent his finish into the bottom corner.
In stoppage time, Clarke missed a sitter, blasting wide when Samuel found him in space close to goal, but by then the three points were in the bag, with the Reds now in pole position at the top of the table, three points ahead of Penybont, having played five games less.
Morris; Graves; Facciuto; R. Thomas (March, 46); C. Thomas; Bevan,C. Jones (Samuel, 72); Davies; Clarke ©; Trundle; Lpveridge (Follows, 80);
Subs. not used; L. Jones; Vickers.
Garner; Shergold; Dalton; Wharton; Garrett; Molyneux; Miles (Healy, 46),Leek ©; Bassett; Islip; Jones (Summers, 62).
SCORERS; Llanelli Town – Trundle, 27; Samuel, 84.
YELLOW CARDS; Llanelli Town – R. Thomas; Trundle; March.
RED CARD; Llanelli Town – Davies.
REFEREE; Jordan Harman (Newbridge).
Cwmbran Celtic are the visitors to Stebonheath on Saturday, kick off 2.30 p.m., while next Tuesday, a possible title decider could be on the cards when the Reds welcome Haverfordwest County, kick off 7.30 p.m.