STARS FIGHT BACK TO HIT THE SUM­MIT

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CAR­MARTHEN Stars climbed to the top of the Premier divi­sion in the LTC Mo­bil­ity Car­marthen­shire League, com­ing from be­hind to beat Evans & Wil­liams 4-3 at Maes yr Yrfa.

Trail­ing to a goal in the fifth minute from Stephen Greene, the lead­ers hit back to lead 3-2 at half-time. Greene went on to com­plete his hat-trick, but it wasn’t enough to res­cue the vis­i­tors.

Even­tu­ally it was Stars who claimed the points thanks to goals from Sion Dafydd Wil­liams, Thomas Har­vey, striker Sam Wilson and Cal­lum Dead­man.

Bwlch Rangers haven’t given up hope of suc­cess­fully de­fend­ing their ti­tle, step­ping up their chal­lenge for more glory with a crack­ing 3-0 win at Trallwm.

On the bal­ance of play it was a thor­oughly de­served win for Bwlch, for whom Matthew Hughes net­ted twice. Also on tar­get was Clay­ton Jenk­ins.

Also still in with a shout are Gor­seinon Ath­letic, who beat neighbours Loughor Rovers 2-0 in their away clash.

A penalty con­verted by striker Nathan Lo­gan went a long way in help­ing split the teams, and there was a goal for Matthew Hur­ford. Both goals were scored in the open­ing half.

Sea­side were on top for most of the 90 min­utes in the away game against Pon­tard­du­lais Town and de­served their 3-0 win.

The dead­lock was bro­ken a cou­ple of min­utes into the sec­ond half when from a cross by Owain God­dard the out­stand­ing Ben Honey­bun beat the keeper.

It came as no sur­prise to see Honey­bun strike again in the 65th minute, be­fore God­dard se­cured the points 10 min­utes later.

Pen­gelli United made the best pos­si­ble start to the new year, pick­ing up a wel­come three points from their 2-0 win at home to Pwll Ath­letic.

Af­ter get­ting the bet­ter of the mid­field ex­changes, Pen­gelli cap­i­talised with goals from Sam Goodwin and Luke Rees.

Af­ter be­ing be­hind early on, Dafen fought back to claim a point in a 1-1 draw at home to Tum­ble United. George Laven­der net­ted the equaliser for Dafen, and both goals were scored in the first half.

The game be­tween Trostre Sports and vis­it­ing Kil­lay was aban­doned af­ter 20 min­utes with the score on 0-0.

There is no change at the top of divi­sion one, but lead­ers Pontl­liw were given an early scare be­fore de­feat­ing vis­it­ing Felin­foel 2-1 in a tight con­test.

Trail­ing to an early goal, Pontl­liw hit back to win thanks to Adam Scott and Josh Bad­cup.

Sec­ond-placed Burry Port proved clin­i­cal in the 6-0 win at home to Peny­fan United.

For more than half an hour there was noth­ing to choose be­tween the teams, but three goals in the space of five min­utes even­tu­ally gave Burry Port the up­per hand.

Af­ter tak­ing the lead through Dar­ren Ma­hony in the 35th minute, Jamie Dun­leavy scored two goals in­side 60 sec­onds shortly after­wards to make the half-time score 3-0.

Dun­leavy went on to com­plete his hat-trick, while oth­ers to find the net were Ryan Owens and Wayne Wil­liams.

And there was a su­perb win for John­stown, who beat Llan­deilo Town 4-3 in their away game. Richard Whal­ley scored two, and there were also goals for Ben Thomas and Si­mon Rocke.

Lead­ing 3-1 at the break, CK Swiss Val­ley went on to beat vis­it­ing Caer­bryn 6-2. The home team pulled clear through goals by Robert Owens, Shane Richards, Shane Thomas, Kevin Daniels, Sion Ti­plady and Alex Davies.

Llan­dovery Town were 2-1 be­hind at half-time away to Cam­ford Sports but even­tu­ally res­cued a point in a 4-4 draw. Chris Hyde and Tom Hyde scored two goals each for Llan­dovery.

In the game be­tween the top two clubs in divi­sion two, FC Car­marthen drew 2-2 at home with lead­ers West End United.

Goals for FC Car­marthen from Josh Archer and Josh Malia were can­celled out by Char­lie Weston and Nathan Lewis.

Else­where in the divi­sion, striker Char­lie Bowen scored seven of the goals for Car­way in their 10-1 win at home to Llanelli Park Rangers. Also on tar­get were Do­minic Fore­man, Dan Fore­man and Steve Bouse.

Car­marthen Town United were lead­ing vis­it­ing Hendy 4-0 when the game was aban­doned in the 84th minute.

Thanks to goals from Josh Martin, Scott Jarvis, Sion Jones and St­ef­fan Phillips, the home team were in con­trol at the time of the aban­don­ment.

Bot­tom club KRUF made an en­cour­ag­ing start to the new year and will have been de­lighted with a 3-3 draw at Drefach. A cou­ple of goals from Chris Peters plus one from Steve Sim­monds se­cured a point for the vis­i­tors.

In the first round of the TAD Builders-spon­sored Darch Cup, goals from Jamie Phillips and Marty Bard­s­ley helped Burry Port Re­serves knock out Bwlch Rangers Re­serves in their away tie 2-1.

Jesse Rees had given Bwlch the lead.

And in the sec­ond round of the com­pe­ti­tion, a hat-trick by Jared Peake steered Evans & Wil­liams Re­serves to a 6-2 win at home to Pon­tard­du­lais Town Re­serves. There were goals for Shane Price, Stephen Ban­field and Calden John.

Also through to the third round are Gor­seinon Ath­letic Re­serves, for whom Jamie Dun­leavy scored twice in the 4-2 win against Trallwm Re­serves. Lewis Evans and Morgan James scored the oth­ers for Gor­seinon.

There was also ac­tion in the league, and John­stown Re­serves proved too strong for vis­it­ing CK Swiss Val­ley A in win­ning the re­serve divi­sion 3 A clash 5-0. There was a hat-trick for Shaun John, plus goals for Robbie Craw­ford and Kurt Cooper.

Look­ing ahead to this Satur­day, there are five first-round and three sec­ond-round ties in the Se­nior Cup.

Favourites to cap­ture the tro­phy are divi­sion one high-fly­ers Pontl­liw, who kick off with a first-round tie at Pem­brey. When the teams played each other on the same ground in the league on the open­ing day of the sea­son, Pontl­liw were made to bat­tle for their 3-1 win.

CK Swiss Val­ley face vis­it­ing Felin­foel, and the win­ners of this one will fancy their chances of go­ing all the way in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Although CK Swiss Val­ley beat Felin­foel 5-1 at home back in Oc­to­ber, they can take noth­ing for granted on this oc­ca­sion.

In the re­main­ing first-round ties, Llan­dovery Town visit Car­way, Caer­bryn host Llan­gen­nech and Drefach en­ter­tain divi­sion two ri­vals Pen­l­ler­gaer.

Af­ter knock­ing out West End United 6-2 in their away tie in the first round, Llan­deilo Town will at­tempt to beat Burry Port for the first time this sea­son in their home tie.

The teams have al­ready played each other twice in the league and there looks to be lit­tle be­tween them. Burry Port won 5-4 at Llan­deilo in Septem­ber, while seven weeks later the re­turn game fin­ished 1-1.

On the ev­i­dence of what we’ve seen so far this sea­son, there is noth­ing to sug­gest that divi­sion one bot­tom club Aberg­wili can cause a shock by knock­ing out vis­i­tors Am­man­ford Town Re­serves, who won the league game 7-1 in early Septem­ber.

The pick of the games in the Premier divi­sion is the one be­tween Gor­seinon Ath­letic and vis­it­ing Car­marthen Stars.

Tum­ble United Re­serves’ Ty­rone Wil­liams moves in on Llan­deilo Re­serves’ Bran­don Florence dur­ing their Darch Cup tie.Pic­tures: Phil Davies

Tum­ble United’s Rhys Gwilliam and Llan­deilo’s Jamie Davies bat­tle for the ball.

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