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Llanelli Star - - SOCCER -

LLANELLI Town’s JD Welsh Premier League fate could be sealed this week­end.

Andy Hill’s side head to Aberys­t­wyth on Fri­day night know­ing that only vic­tory will do if they are to keep their hopes of avoid­ing rel­e­ga­tion alive.

The Reds are bot­tom of the Play-off Con­fer­ence with just 16 points to their name. And de­feat at Park Av­enue would leave them 11 points adrift of Car­marthen Town, who oc­cupy the safety of 10 spot, with just three games of the cam­paign re­main­ing.

But a win would keep their hopes of de­liv­er­ing their own ver­sion of the Great Es­cape alive for an­other day when Car­marthen en­ter­tain Llan­dudno.

It has been a tough re­turn to the Welsh Premier League for Llanelli. They had hoped to make an im­pact in the top flight af­ter win­ning pro­mo­tion last year but are on the verge of an im­me­di­ate re­turn to the Welsh League af­ter win­ning just four of their 28 matches to date.

They will have to turn the form book up­side down if they are to re­turn from Aberys­t­wyth with three points.

The home side are sec­ond in the Con­fer­ence, just two points be­hind Cardiff Met­ro­pol­i­tan, and have won their last three league games.

The match starts at 7.45pm. Car­marthen will be favourites to see off Llan­dudno at Richmond Park, de­spite the North Wales side hav­ing shown im­proved form since the mid­sea­son split. One of their vic­to­ries came against the Old Gold, who they de­feated 3-1 back in Fe­bru­ary.

And Car­marthen man­ager Neil Smoth­ers will have con­cerns over his side’s form. The Old Gold have lost their last three league matches, a run that in­cluded a 1-0 re­verse to Cefn Druids in their last game at Richmond Park, while they have also suf­fered de­feats at Aberys­t­wyth and Cardiff Met.

The game starts at 2.30pm.

Llanelli Town’s Chris Jones goes past Cefn Druids’ Jack Kenny in the Reds’ last league game at Ste­bon­heath. Pic­ture: Keith Grif­fiths

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