Trundle’s Reds On Course For League Double Double

Llanelli Town manager Andy Hill.

Trundle’s Reds On Course For League Double Double

Lee Trundle’s Llanelli Town are on course to complete their own double double.

Former Swansea City goals ace Trundle has played a major role in the Reds’ rise since the club was placed in Welsh League Division Three five years ago following financial problems.

They won the Welsh League Division Two title plus the Nathaniel Car Sales League Cup last season – and they are on course to win two trophies again.

Llanelli are at home against Monmouth Town at Stebonheath on Saturday (2.30pm), while they play Cwmbran Celtic in the first League Cup semi-final at Afan Lido FC next Tuesday (7.30pm).

Penybont FC manager Rhys Griffiths. Pic: Penybont FC.

The other last four clash features Third Division rivals Pontypridd Town and Trefelin BGC, who play each other at Aberdare Town FC next Wednesday (7.30pm).

More than 500 spectators watched Llanelli win 2-0 against Haverfordwest County and keep their bid to be crowned Welsh League champions on track.

Manager Andy Hill, named manager of the month for March after Llanelli’s five successive wins, are also intent on earning promotion to the Welsh Premier League,

Chris Jones and Trundle scored the goals against County.

Manager Rhys Griffiths and his Penybont FC team challenge for the title over most of this season, but they are now out of the running with two fixtures left.

The Bridgend-based team are second behind Llanelli, but the Reds have a lead of seven points.

Penybont can also have a big say in the Championship chase because their remaining games are against top four clubs Haverfordwest County and Afan Lido.

Griffiths is bitterly disappointed his team slipped out of the title race, but he has enjoyed his move from playing into management.

“Penybont FC was the perfect opportunity for me,” Griffiths told a JD Sports Welsh Premier League podcast.

“I was always going to go into management and I love the game more now than I ever have.

“The biggest expectations on me come from myself. I wanted to win the league and we are not going to achieve that.

“Llanelli have been strong and look likely to win it, while Penybont are growing as a club and getting  to a place where we would be comfortable going into WPL.

Above: A special podcast for Welsh League football fans . .  around rhe table with Penybont’s Rhys Griffiths, Nana Baah from Taffs Well and Geza Hajgato @stmsportsafc

“Next season we will be further down line in terms of readiness.

“Right now we want to finish our season on a high. We have pride and we want to finish second if possible.”

Nana Baah, the manager who steered Caerau Ely to the Welsh League Division One title in 2014, is now in charge at Taffs Well and they look comfortable in mid-table.

Caerau Ely’s championship season was special because they were the first Cardiff club to win the League title in 40 years – and the last winners from the capital were Cardiff City.

“The biggest challenge at Taffs Well was changing the dynamics of our group and trying to get my own philosophy and ideas across,” said Baah.

The Wellmen travel to play Garden Village this evening (7.30pm).

Division One Saturday fixtures: Caerau Ely v Goytre FC, Cambrian and Clydach v Undy Athletic, Cwmamman Unityed v Cwmbran Celtic, Haverfordwest County v Afan Lido, Llanelli v Monmouth Town.

Welsh League One 2017-2018

1 Llanelli Town 24 18 3 3 57
2 Penybont 28 16 6 6 51
3 Haverfordwest County 22 14 3 5 45
4 Afan Lido 24 14 2 8 44
5 Cambrian & Clydach Vale BGC 25 13 2 10 41
6 Goytre United 24 11 7 6 40
7 Undy Athletic 25 11 4 10 37
8 Port Talbot Town 27 9 9 9 36
9 Taffs Well 24 9 4 11 31
10 Goytre 21 10 1 10 31
11 Briton Ferry Llansawel 23 8 6 9 30
12 Cwmbran Celtic 21 8 4 9 28
13 Cwmamman United 20 5 4 11 19
14 Monmouth Town 23 5 3 15 18
15 Caerau (ELY) 22 3 3 16 12
16 Ton Pentre 23 1 5 17 8

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