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THERE was redemp­tion for Mar­cus Grif­fiths at the week­end as Peny­bont edged Llantwit Ma­jor 1-0 at Bryn­tirion to go back to the top of Nathaniel Car Sales Welsh League Divi­sion One.

Grif­fiths missed a late penalty when the sides met back in Au­gust and it fin­ished goal­less but, this time, he made no mis­take and, af­ter com­ing off the bench, su­per sub Grif­fiths’ 75th minute header ul­ti­mately proved de­ci­sive and earned all three points for the league lead­ers.

Llantwit are the only side to have taken points off Peny­bont so far this sea­son and for them this was a ninth win in 10 matches – which took them back top of the pile and two points above Afan Lido, who had their trip to Am­man­ford post­poned.

Haver­ford­west County, in third, have played one game more than Peny­bont and re­main four points be­hind af­ter run­ning out 5-1 vic­tors over Pon­typridd Town at Leck­with Sta­dium.

Kaid Mo­hamed, skip­per Sean Pem­ber­ton, Danny Wil­liams, and a brace from Jack Wil­son won it for the Blue­birds.

Player boss Gavin Bed­dard got the goal for Pon­typridd who re­main sec­ond from bot­tom.

Cam­brian & Cly­dach, who won 2-0 at Ton Pen­tre, are a point fur­ther back in fourth spot.

Liam Reed and Cameron Keetch were on tar­get for the Nathaniel MG Cup fi­nal­ists.

Else­where Port Tal­bot Town hauled them­selves out of the bot­tom three with a 4-2 win over fifth-placed Cwm­bran Celtic at Vic­to­ria Road.

It saw the Steel­men bag max­i­mum points for only the sec­ond time this sea­son.

Iron­i­cally, their only other league win of the sea­son came at Celtic, 2-1, back in Au­gust and takes them above Ton Pen­tre.

Bot­tom side Taffs Well’s trip to Undy Ath­letic was post­poned due to the weather as were the games at Goytre and Goytre United against Bri­ton Ferry Llan­sawel and Cw­mam­man United re­spec­tively.

Only two games man­aged to beat the weather in Divi­sion Two.

STM Sports were in free-scor­ing form as they put five past 10-man AFC Ll­wyd­coed with­out re­ply.

Andy Gar­diner, Ben Ah­mun, player-man­ager Dale Gar­diner, Josh Gra­ham and Mar­cus Jones all net­ted for the hosts. Jor­dan El­lis saw red for Ll­wyd­coed in the first half.

Mean­while Josh Brown’s hat-trick set Mon­mouth Town on their way to a 5-1 home thump­ing of Risca United.

Rob Lau­rie and Perys Pullen were also among the scor­ers.

Lead­ers Croesy­ceil­iog’s home game with West End was post­poned due to the weather and they re­main two points clear of Aber­gavenny Town, who had their game at Caerau Ely rained off.

It was a sim­i­lar story in Divi­sion Three.

Trethomas Blue­birds, though, did play and moved level on points with lead­ers Trefe­lin BGC af­ter a 2-1 home de­feat of Tre­har­ris Ath­letic Western.

Al­fie Jones and Tom Neville got the goals for the Blue­birds.

The only other game played re­sulted in a crush­ing 5-0 win for Pen­rhi­w­ceiber Rangers at New­port City.

Ricky Carter was on the treble trail while Bran­don Davies bagged him­self a brace.

Trefe­lin, who have the edge on goal dif­fer­ence, had their sched­uled trip to AFC Porth post­poned.

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