Llanelli Town AFC (The Reds) took another step closer to promotion on Wednesday (Apr11) as they took on and beat West End in an away game. Two teams with vastly different agendas clashed at Pryderi Park with the hosts perilously close to the relegation trapdoor, while their opponents appear to be on course for promotion to the first division of the Welsh League, captained by Lee Bevan who was making his 100th appearance for the club.
Points were therefore vital for both sides, but it was the Reds who emerged the winners to further boost their title credentials, while West End sank deeper into the mire.
A first half opener by Lee Trundle and a brace from Jordan Davies in the second sealed a comfortable win, which could have been far greater but for the heroics of Ross Greenwood in the home goal.
He brought off a number of saves to thwart the visitors who were also twice denied by the woodwork, while Davies failed to convert a penalty which would have clinched his hat-trick.
An early Trundle header from a Liam Samuel cross flew just wide, while a Davies delivery sailed across the face of goal and narrowly past the far upright.
Jordan Follows laid on a great ball for Trundle to take on, but Greenwood got down at his near post to smother the striker`s finish.
He could do little, however, to prevent the former Swansea City star from opening the scoring on 18 minutes, when he accepted a pass from Ross Jones before firing into the bottom corner.
The home keeper then did well to divert for a corner a free kick whipped into the goalmouth by Trundle, while Davies saw his well struck shot from the edge of the box rebound off the post with Greenwood beaten.
Follows was the next Reds` player to threaten, but once again Greenwood was up to the task of denying him a further success, and he came to the rescue again following a Trundle set piece which rebounded off the wall into the path of Samuel, this time by diverting the attempt clear with an outstretched leg.
Somehow, just the one goal to the good at the break, the visitors deservedly doubled the lead eight minutes after the restart, when a powerfully struck Trundle free kick arrowed low into the goal was, for once, fumbled by Greenwood, and Davies, following up, cheekily backheeled the ball over the line.
Follows then struck the crossbar when he volleyed a far past delivery by Samuel, and when the latter was replaced by James Loveridge, he soon got in on the act, finding Trundle who in turn set up Davies for a well taken finish across the keeper in the 64th minute.
With the contest virtually won, the visitors made a couple of changes with Luke Jones and Luke Morgan replacing Follows and Ross Jones respectively, and Jones was then involved in the penalty award when he was brought down in the course of pursuing a loose ball following a Trundle free kick.
Davies took the kick, but he was denied his treble as it lacked power and Greenwood dived to his right to keep it out, but the miss did not turn out to be too serious, as with the weather becoming distinctly gloomy, referee Ryan Kenny blew up a few minutes early, and the Reds` coasted to another win and a further three precious points.
WEST END; Greenwood; Templeton; Blackmore ; Poutchadis; Russell; Hole; Eames; Gowen (C) (Lerwell, 78); Jones (Obong, 55); Parvin; Butt (Begley); Subs. not used; Cullen; Allen.
LLANELLI TOWN; Morris; Graves; March; R. Thomas; Clarke; Bevan ©; Samuel (Loveridge, 63); Davies; Follows (L. Jones, 72); Trundle; R. Jones (Morgan, 76); Subs. not used;
C. Thomas; Wade.
SCORERS; Llanelli Town – Trundle, 18; Davies, 53, 64.
YELLOW CARDS; West End – Eames; Blackmore.
Llanelli Town – R. Jones; Trundle.
REFEREE; Ryan Kenny (Gorseinon).