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Reds end season with a win to claim second place

A highly satisfactory and thoroughly deserved win in their final game of the season assured Llanelli Town clinched second place behind JD Cymru South league champions Barry Town United, leapfrogging Briton Ferry Llansawel in the process to claim the accolade.

Even missing four or five regulars, the Reds were far too strong for their opponents who had already been relegated after their home defeat at the hands of Carmarthen Town, with their last taste of success ironically being against their opponents at Stebonheath Park back in December – leading to a disastrous sequence of 16 games without any further maximum points.

After some initial sparring between the sides but with the visitors looking by far the more threatening, they eventually opened the scoring on 13 minutes when a superb deep cross by Ryan Bevan from the right touchline was met by Eli Phipps who planted a firm header beyond goalkeeper Aaron Thomas.

The half continued with the Reds largely dictating play, and the only time Evan Williams in their goal was called upon was to clutch safely a free kick into the goalmouth by McCauley Power.

Comfortably coping with any threat posed by their opponents, the visitors extended the lead after 30 minutes following a defence-splitting pass from Josh Allen which led to Thomas Hillman gaining possession before lashing his finish past Thomas.

Trefelin were being subjected to an almost relentless onslaught on their goal, which somehow survived with a number of attempts being blocked by an increasingly beleaguered defence, while about the only worthwhile home chance fell to Roan Piper when he found himself in space, but he could only find the side netting with his finish.

In total control of proceedings heading into the second period, the Reds continued to pressurise the home goal, with Brandon Griffiths being halted by a last-ditch tackle on the edge of the box following a ball over the top by Hillman, while Thomas brought off a brilliant save to deny Phipps when he struck a fierce effort on target.

A throw-in to the visitors culminated in a hectic scramble just outside the area, leading to yet more attempts being charged down by the home defence, before the almost inevitable third goal arrived in the 66th minute when the ball was circulated into the middle before being met by Owen Bancroft who smashed a superb 25 yard rocket past Thomas which gave him no chance.

Five minutes later, another equally fabulous finish by Allen from distance led to a fourth, and it was now just a matter of how many more could be added to the tally before the close.

Further chances came the way of Dylan Williams, Phipps and Levi Morgan prior to the final whistle which were not converted, but there were few complaints by the substantial number of visiting supporters who had made the journey at the eventual outcome, and hopes are high that next season will bring even greater rewards.

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