- AFC Porth v Llanelli Town FC - Match Report


                                      AFC PORTH   0   LLANELLI TOWN   0

     By no means a classic, but the point earned by Llanelli Town was enough to guarantee they will be playing in the first division of the Welsh League next season, while another three wins will secure the championship.

     They are also the first team in the entire three divisions to achieve promotion, but they were made to work hard on a less than pristine playing surface which made flowing one-touch football almost impossible, and both sides realised very early on that route one was the only answer, resulting in a scrappy, disjointed affair with clear-cut chances few and far between.

     Craig Morris in the visitors` goal, playing his 100th game for the club, dealt comfortably with an early Joel Quine effort, and when a ball by Tom Barry sent Tyrone Topper on a run down the right, Joe Clarke was on hand to divert his driven low cross for a corner.

     A first time attempt by Jordan Follows who met a James Loveridge pass went straight at home keeper, David Burnett, while a Lee Trundle shot on the turn sailed across the face of the Porth net before running out of play.

     The nearest either side came to a breakthrough arose when Riccardo McKenzie took advantage of some lax defending to make inroads into the Reds` box, but Morris was quickly off his line to deny him at the expense of a corner.

     At the other end, a Trundle free kick from distance forced Burnett into a save low at his near post to push it around, before the visitors had a lucky escape when a high ball lifted to the edge of the area was met by Quine who directed his header over the onrushing Morris and towards the vacant net, but Kurtis March reacted in the nick of time to clear off the line.

     Burnett was called into action again, clawing away a well struck shot by Follows when Trundle set him up and when Trundle himself was played in on goal, the keeper somehow managed to keep out an almost certain success from point blank range.

     With neither side able to resolve the deadlock, the second period was much the same as the first, with scoring chances at a premium and neither goalkeeper having much to deal with in the way of meaningful saves.

     Trundle did clip the home bar with a second attempt from a Loveridge corner, before the latter was replaced by Liam Samuel on 63 minutes.

     Robert Thomas also came on for Ross Jones in the 71st minute, but although these changes did give the Reds more impetus than their first half showing, they nearest they came to a goal arose from another Trundle free kick which was fractionally off target.

     Chris Thomas did well to bring off a saving tackle on McKenzie when he got free up the left flank and threatened to make inroads into the box, but the final act of the contest saw Trundle denied a potential score by a great tackle from Dominic Dwyer who just got a foot to the ball after Samuel had sent the Swansea City legend away.

     At the close, all-in-all a fair result as both sides were well below their best on the day, but the point was enough to clinch the Reds` promotion, and with this now achieved, their next ambition will be to go up as champions with six games remaining to do so.

     AFC PORTH;   Burnett; Barry; James; Bird; Dwyer; Quine; Ah Munn; Davies ©; McKenzie; Toppar;

Kinnerly (Smith, 84); Subs. not used; Fish; Moses; Case; Biggs.

     LLANELLI TOWN;  Morris; Graves; March; Clarke; C. Thomas; Bevan ©; R. Jones (R. Thomas, 71);

                                     Davies; Follows; Trundle; Loveridge (Samuel, 63); Subs. not used; Morgan;

Wade; L. Jones.

     YELLOW CARDS;    AFC  Porth – Bird.

                                      Llanelli Town – Clarke.

REFEREE;                Kris Hames (Aberdare).

     The Reds wind-up their home league programme with the visit of Aberbargoed Buds next Saturday, kick off 2.30 p.m.,while  AFC Llwydcoed provide the opposition on Wednesday, 26th at Stebonheath, with a 7.30 p.m. start.