- Match report - Briton Ferry Llansawel v Llanelli Town


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).

ATTENDANCE;                506.

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