Llanelli Town AFC (The Reds) became the Welsh League Division 1 Champions on Saturday (Apr 21) by beating Port Talbot Town by three goals to one away from home. The club have succeeded in winning three titles and three promotions in five seasons.

Goals came from Chris Jones (22 mins) going past a couple of Port Talbot defenders before driving home a great strike into the bottom left hand corner of the net to beat the Port Talbot keeper.

A mix up between keeper and defender for Llanelli left an easy strike for Port Talbot to equalise and a rare missed penalty by Lee trundle meant it remained 1-1 at half time.

The second half saw Lee Trundle hitting the target to make the score 2-1.

James Loveridge finished off the opposition and put any doubt of who the Welsh League Division 1 Champions would be for 2017 – 18.

It really is quite an astonishing record for the Reds but the club still have to satisfy the criteria before entering the Welsh Premier League.  The following statement has been made on the club’s website:  “Following the decision of the FAW Club Licensing first Instance Body not to grant Llanelli Town AFC a Domestic Licence, the club will now assess, digest and then appeal the decision.

“As per the findings, we are more than confident in achieving the Domestic Licence during the appeals process.

“The club is and was aware of the shortcomings for one of the five headings prior to today’s meeting and work continues off the field to complete this point.

“We now have 10 days to appeal and the appeals will be heard on 26th April.”

Optimistic: Club Chairman David Craddock

Speaking to social media guru (The Ground Hopper) after the match an optimistic club Chairman David Craddock said: “Its been a great season right from the beginning all the way through to todays game. We have two games left to play. Today’s result has sealed the championship. We now hope to go on and achieve the double this year. I spent some time with the auditor on Thursday afternoon answered all the questions he had and gave him all the documentary evidence he wanted and I feel very very confident that as regards the financial implications we have satisfied their criteria. I don’t know of any other requirements outstanding so I am hoping that allows us to go forward if we want to go there.”

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