LLANELLI TOWN 4 CAMBRIAN & CLYDACH 2
Despite a less than convincing display by the home side, they nevertheless still managed to emerge from the contest with three points, but were made to work hard by visitors still looking for their first win.
Two clearances off the line by Kurtis March and Robert Thomas kept the Reds in contention, and with a number of players not at their best, they were hard pressed to contain opponents who posed a threat throughout.
Jordan Follows was named on the home bench after his stint in Iceland where he scored 12 times in 5 games, but they were without Kyle Graves, Anthony Finselbach and James Loveridge.
The early stages led to Lee Trundleand Jordan Davies set up Chris Jones for a shot on the Cambrian goal which was parried by keeper Morgan Davies and met by a header from Davies, but he was just off target
At the other end, a ball by Josh Maxsimovic sent Liam Reed clear through the middle, forcing Craig Morris off his line to block the initial effort which then rebounded back to the visiting striker who directed the ball towards the vacant net, only for March to effect a timely clearance out of the goalmouth.
Trundle directed a 30 yard free kick just off target, and went close again when a quickly taken set piece by Joe Clarke saw his shot deflect narrowly wide.
A ball across the face of goal by Trundle failed to pick out another player, before the home side were forced into a change when March pulled up with a hamstring problem, with Richard Lewis taking his place on 22 minutes.
A long range attempt by Antonio Faccuito forced Davies to turn it over the bar, and from the resulting corner by Trundle into the goalmouth, Lee Bevan directed it downwards,allowing Clarke to make a connection and force it into the net after 24 minutes.
Despite this setback, the visitors continued to pose plenty of problems, and when Carn Thomas lofted his clearance to Maxsimovic in space to collect, Morris was again obliged to come out of his goal to alleviate the threat, and with both players on the ground, the ball was directed towards the vacant net, but this time Thomas was able to hack it clear.
A home counter attack led to Davies pushing clear at full stretch a shot on the turn by Luke Jones, before the visitors deservedly drew level two minutes from the interval following a corner on the left which culminated in an almighty scrambled in front of goal, before Kyle Jones got the decisive touch to toe-poke it home.
Luke Jones was replaced by Follows at the start of the second half and he was involved almost immediately, forcing Davies to block his near post attempt when Trundle set up the chance.
The Reds` goal, too, came under threat, with Gareth Welsh directing his attempt just over, while it took a saving tackle by Thomas to prevent Maxsimovic a clear run on the target.
LeonAnstee went close, firing over the home crossbar, before he was rewarded on 58 minutes when he put his side ahead, seizing on a ball over the top by Reed before taking it on and slotting past Morris.
Stung by this setback, the Reds responded in a positive manner and levelled matters within five minutes, when Trundle, who had been kept relatively quiet by the close marking of Mark Crutch, managed to get in a shot on the turn which Davies parried, only for Follows to react quickly to drive the loose ball into the net.
Back in contention, the home side then took control of proceedings and went ahead in the 74th minute when Lewis found Trundle, who in turn set up Davies whose finish hit the roof of the net.
Five minutes from time the comeback was completed with the award of a penalty after Trundle was brought down in the box by Welsh, and he took the kick himself, smashing it into the bottom corner.
Despite the final outcome, this was not one of the Reds` best outings, but every side is probably entitled to an off day – and at least it ended in a win.
LLANELLI TOWN; Morris; March (Lewis, 22);Faccuito; Clarke ©; R. Thomas; Bevan; C. Jones;
Davies; L. jones (Follows, 46); Trundle; Samuel (C. Thomas, 71); Subs. not used;
Morgan; Coughlin (GK).
CAMBRIAN & CLYDACH; Davies; Thomas; Welsh; Crutch ©; Coles; Jones; Keetch; Owen
(Chilekwa, 83); Anstee; Maxsimovic; Reed; Subs. not used; James; Hughes.
SCORERS; Llanelli Town – Clarke, 24; Follows, 63; Davies, 74; Trundle, 85 (P).
Cambrian & Clydach – Jones, 43; Anstee, 58.
REFEREE; Kris Hames (Aberdare).