Date: Sat 23 Feb 2019

Webb hat-trick sees Llandudno top Llanelli as Aber close gap to seventh

Three big games in the playoff conference this afternoon, and a top of the table clash this evening, what a Saturday we have in store.

Llandudno FC 4-2 Llanelli Town
The Giant Hospitality Stadium
Llandudno FC scorer: Alun Webb 58’, 69’, 90+5’, Danny Hughes 90+3’
Llanelli Town scorer: Chris Jones 77’, Andy Hill 90+1’

It was a lively start to this one at on the North Wales Coast as Llandudno and Llanelli both had great chances to take the lead in the opening 15 minutes but were unable to capitalise for one reason or another.

Llandudno were handed the ideal opportunity to take the lead after some 10 minutes when Alun Webb was brought down in the box and the Seasiders were awarded a penalty. With seven goals in his last eight games, George Harry will have been confident stepping up to the spot to take this one, but Scott Coughlan did very well to get down low and save the penalty to preserve the deadlock.

The home side’s decent spell of early pressure came to nothing, and Llanelli responded well by forcing a good save out of Shaun Pearson between the sticks from a header and also hitting the woodwork with another headed effort, but as the half wore on the more the fixture turned into a scrappy midfield battle, with the halftime interval giving both sides a chance to regroup.

A better start to the second half for Llandudno was capped off after almost quarter of an hour by the opening goal as Les Davies dropped into the number 10 role and played a nice through ball to Webb who timed his run well beyond the defence and finished well for 1-0.

Webb bagged his second after a similar move involving Toby Jones, but there was another twist in this one as Llanelli won a penalty and Tudno were sent down to ten men with 13 minutes to go, with Chris Jones stepping up to make it 2-1 and set up a tense finale.

Ok, maybe tense finale was an understatement as Llanelli manager Andy Hill, who came on as a substitute late in the game, looked to get a final touch as the Reds levelled the score at 2-2 in second half stoppage time, but there was another twist to come as Danny Hughes made it 3-2 in the 93rd minute, before Webb sealed his hat-trick with the final kick of the game to make it 4-2 and secure a vital Llandudno win.

Aberystwyth Town 2-0 Cardiff Metropolitan
Park Avenue
Aberystwyth Town scorer: Marc Williams 2’, 61’

At the other end of the bottom six it was a dream start for Aberystwyth against Cardiff Met in this battle for seventh place as Marc Williams did very well to close down a pass back to Archers keeper Alex Lang and the striker’s block managed to deflect the ball into the back of the net for 1-0.

Dylan Rees advanced well from his right-back position to get in a good spot to trouble the Aber defence, but his strike flew wide of the mark and the home side were let off. Geoff Kellaway had the next big chance as he hit the post from close range after 36 minutes, squandering a massive chance to make it 2-0 to the Seasiders, before Eliot Evans responded for Met with a free-kick that flew just over the top of the bar from 30 yards out.

The visitors managed a better start to the second half as Evans hit the post within moments of the restart, but Brad Woolridge put his body on the line minutes later to block an Aber shot that looked destined for the back of the net. The home side did have a second goal soon afterwards though, as Marc Williams bagged his brace and double his side’s lead to make it 2-0.

Terry McCormick pulled off a wonderful save in the final ten minutes to prevent Met from pulling a goal back and setting up a tense final few minutes, and Aber held on to secure a vitally important victory in the race for seventh place.

Carmarthen Town 0-1 Cefn Druids
Richmond Park
Cefn Druids scorer: Nathan Peate 70’

After a long journey down to the opposite corner of the country, Cefn Druids managed to put some good early pressure on the home side as Jack Kenny, John Owen and Dean Rittenberg all had chances to break the deadlock early-on, but couldn’t quite hit the mark or beat Lee Idzi between the sticks.

Carmarthen had good chances themselves, with Liam Thomas – who has just signed a new contract with the Old Gold after a very impressive season so far with the club – leading the charge, but they couldn’t find a way through either.

It wasn’t until very late in the game that the deadlock was broken, and it was left to a centre-back to show the centre-forwards how it is done as Nathan Peate rose well to head home a corner and give Cefn Druids a 1-0 lead.

The home side hit the cross bar following a great move late in the game, but they couldn’t get back on level terms as Druids secured an important win.

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