End-to-end encounter sees Evans & Williams go through
IN one of only two games to be given the go-ahead in the first round of the T G Davies Cup, Evans & Williams came from behind to beat neighbours Trallwm at home 5-3.
Trailing to a strike from Liam Samuel in the 10th minute, Evans & Williams were back on terms within five minutes through a good finish by Dan Thomas.
But it didn't last long, and within 60 seconds of the restart Trallwm were back in front thanks to Chris Brown.
It was end-to-end stuff, however, so it came as no surprise when Johnny Perrott made it 2-2 with a header in the 25th minute, giving the keeper no chance from a cross by Michael Edwards.
And shortly afterwards the home team were ahead for the first time in the match, Chris Davies letting rip with a terrific shot from 25 yards to make it 3-2 at half-time.
Evans & Williams started the second half the stronger and soon extended their lead with a poacher's goal from Johnny Thomas.
Then in the 65th minute, Dan Thomas back-heeled the ball into the net for 5-2.
At this point it was all over, but Trallwm never gave up and were rewarded in the 80th minute with a penalty that Liam Samuel converted.
Trailing 2-0 early in the opening half, Pengelli United rallied to beat Johnstown on their own ground 4-3 in the only other first-round tie played.
The sharp-shooting Craig Jones pulled a goal back on 20 minutes, and went on to complete his hat-trick in the second half. Also on target for Pengelli were Luke Rees and Steven Bates.
There was also a hat-trick for Stewart Hemingway, which helped leaders West End United defeat visiting Pwll Athletic 4-2 in division one. Hemingway has scored 25 league and cup goals this season.
None worked harder for West End than Jack Sutcliffe in midfield and Dyfrig Frater, who scored the other goal. At one point in the second half Pwll were ahead 2-1.
In the only game to survive in division two, second-placed Kidwelly Town moved to within four points of leaders Carmarthen Town Reserves after a 3-2 win at home to Garden Village.
After taking the lead through Ceri Williams in the 22nd minute, Kidwelly conceded a couple of soft goals to find themselves trailing early in the second half.
Just when it looked as if time was running out, Kidwelly were handed a great chance to level it when the referee pointed to the spot in the 80th minute. The penalty was awarded for a foul on Luke Fitzpatrick, and up stepped Dwayne Cassell to make it 2-2.
The same player scored in the dying minutes to win it for Kidwelly.
Up for grabs this Saturday is a place in the last 16 of the Tony Nakonecznyj Insurance Brokers West Wales Intermediate Cup.
Flying the flag for the Carmarthenshire League are Premier division sides Seaside, Bwlch Rangers and Camford Sports, plus another four from the lower divisions in CK Swiss Valley, Pontlliw, West End United and Burry Port.
Only two of the clubs, however, enjoy home advantage, and Camford Sports will have to be at their best to beat a Briton Ferry team riding high at the top of the table in division one of the Neath & District League.
CK Swiss Valley also have a mountain to climb against Giants Grave, who are fourth in the Neath Premier division table.
Three of the clubs — Bwlch Rangers, Seaside and Pontlliw — travel west to Pembrokeshire and will do well to survive. They play Hakin United, Milford United and Merlins Bridge respectively.
While Hakin are unbeaten in nine league games and are top of the table in division one of the Pembrokeshire League, Merlins Bridge are also going strong in fifth place.
On paper it's Seaside who have the easiest task, and they'll be disappointed if they don't beat a Milford United team struggling in ninth place in division two.
Burry Port will be looking to defy the odds against Swansea Senior League division two leaders St Joseph's, while West End United tackle a Murton Rovers team who are seven points behind the table-toppers in third spot.