Title rounds off another successful season for Llantwit
NATHANIEL CARS WELSH LEAGUE: DIVISION TWO: LLANTWIT MAJOR ...... 5 STM SPORTS ................. 2 LLANTWIT Major rounded off another memorable season with a second consecutive league title, writes Tony Poole.
In a perfect end to another model campaign under manager Karl Lewis, the Windmillers downed long-time leaders STM Sports to spark a night of celebration in the Windmill Lane clubhouse.
During another amazing end to a season - that was launched in midApril - they went unbeaten during their last 11 games.
The Windmillers got 29 points out of a possible 33 – dropped points came via 1-1 draws at Pontardawe and Ammanford.
That takes some doing, and this resolve should hold them in good stead for Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Division One.
The only amazing part of a night - that will go down in folklore at Windmill Lane - was the absence of the Welsh League management team to present them with deserved silverware.
A large gathering made for a carnival atmosphere and after just two minutes, Sean Barney-Williams headed down for ex-Penybont pal Anthony Rawlings to get a 13th goal for the club.
Back came STM to level via Ben Ahmun and after Barney sent Llantwit back in front, the visitors missed a penalty.
Liam Conteh, however, atoned for dropping the clanger in making it 2-2 with another Barney goal – his eighth of the season – giving the Windmillers a 3-2-interval lead.
But with the game still too tight to call, Llantwit released the pressure valve early in the second half.
Two goals in as many minutes from top scorer Sam Snaith (his 18th this term) and Ben Cripps led to champagne going on ice.
This took the sting out of the STM threat and goalkeeper Jack Landsdown, who pulled off a splendid penalty save during the first half, wasn’t seriously challenged.
“To win back-to-back titles is a tremendous achievement, but we must now build towards an even more demanding task next season in Division One,” said a club spokesman.
Another goal for Sean Barney-Williams
Llantwit Major celebrate another title-winning year