LLANELLI TOWN 4 MONMOUTH TOWN 1
The curtain came down on the Reds` home league programme with the visit of opponents third from bottom in the table, having won only five games all season.
However, as it transpired, the hosts struggled to impose themselves on the visitors who caused them plenty of problems throughout, and the final outcome somewhat flattered, with two goals in the dying moments shedding a far better gloss on the eventual result.
Overall, it was a scrappy, patternless encounter, with both teams struggling to string together any telling moves, with the Reds, in particular, guilty of conceding possession far too cheaply, inviting the visitors to launch counter attacks which, with better finishing, could well have led to a shock result at the close.
The home side began well enough, with Lee Trundle forcing goalkeeper Asa Kirkham to turn over his attempt on target, and from the resulting Chris Jones corner, Lee Bevan narrowly failed to connect with a header in front of goal.
Another burst by Trundle took him to the edge of the box before he was brought down, and when he took the resulting free kick, it rebounded off the post with Kirkwood beaten.
When Monmouth launched an attack, Craig Morris in the home goal was slow in clearing his lines, allowing Lewis Clare to close him down and win possession, but Morris was able to get in position to block his shot and also do the same when the rebound was met by Brad Flay.
Another chance then fell to Clare when a ball was played into him in the area, but his control let him down and it ran harmlessly out of play.
The Reds had their hands full in keeping their opponents at bay as they were enjoying more possession, with Morris being called into action to push clear a corner by Mitch Palmer from under the bar.
When Trundle played a pass into the path of Jordan Follows close to goal, he made a complete hash of making a telling connection, and a decent chance was passed up.
Somewhat against the run of play, Trundle then opened the scoring on 28 minutes when he was found on the right before cutting inside and unleashing his strike, and Kirkwood probably should have done better rather than allow it to end up in the bottom corner.
Despite this setback, Monmouth continued to press, and a shot from distance by Elliot Ford was turned over by Morris, before they had better fortune just two minutes after going behind when a Palmer corner led to a scramble at the far post, and when the initial effort from Rob Laurie rebounded to Clare, he forced it over the line.
At the other end, a Trundle attempt deflected off a defender for a corner, and when Jones set off on a mazy run which took him into the box, Kirkwood got down to block his finish low at the near post.
With the match all square at the break, the Reds were a little more decisive in the second period, and Trundle might have done better when put through by Joe Clarke, but delayed his shot and was closed down at the expense of a corner.
However, seven minutes after the restart, Follows put them ahead again when he was found by Antonio Facciuto, and he curled a delightful finish into the top corner from the edge of the area.
This certainly spurred on the Reds, and Jones went close with a ball driven across the face of goal, while Kurtis March saw his effort scrambled off the line when Trundle set up the chance.
Follows was replaced by James Loveridge on 71 minutes, but Monmouth almost breached the home defence when Clare was put through the middle, forcing Morris to race outside his area to head clear, and when this fell to Kaz Kareem, the Reds` keeper was forced to drop down and safely grasp his goal bound shot.
Liam Samuel came on for Jones after 82 minutes, and with the game still delicately poised, two further home successes finally put the contest to bed.
Trundle was again the provider for the third when his run took him close to goal before finding March, who steered his finish home from point blank range on 88 minutes, and in stoppage time, Loveridge was picked out wide on the left before despatching a well struck shot past Kirkwood to seal the win.
Morris; Vickers; Facciuto; R. Thomas (Finselbach, 90); C. Thomas, Bevan, C. Jones (Samuel, 82); March; Clarke ©; Trundle; Follows (Loveridge, 71);
Subs. not used; Morgan; R. Jones.
MONMOUTH TOWN; Kirkwood; Palmer; Cleaves; Laurie ©; A. Ford; Lewis; E. Ford; Kareem (Ellworthy, 82); Clare; Flay; Davies;
Subs. not used; Jones; Brown.
Llanelli Town; Trundle, 28; Follows, 52; March, 88; Loveridge, 90+3.
Monmouth Town; Clare, 30.
YELLOW CARDS; Monmouth Town; Laurie; E. Ford.
REFEREE; Jordan Harman (Newbridge).
On Friday, the Reds travel to meet Goytre, kick off 7.30 p.m., while next Tuesday, they are away at Goytre United, also with a 7.30 p.m. start.