Town are forced to battle, but make it through to next round
AFTER defeating CK Swiss Valley 7-2 on their own ground in a division two game the previous week, Carmarthen Town Reserves started long odds-on favourites to account for the same opponents at home in the third round of the Challenge Cup.
But it proved much tougher than expected, although Town did manage to edge it 2-1.
After taking an early lead through Ian Barrett — who netted from a corner by Angelo Dragone — Town doubled their advantage after the break when Dan Ramsey headed past the keeper from a cross by Scott Thomas.
Although Town did concede in the 90th minute, they weren't in the mood to let a place in the semi-finals slip.
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In the second round of the TG Davies Cup, Ponthenri suffered a 5-2 defeat by Evans & Williams.
Evans & Williams assumed control through goals from Johnny Perrott, Stuart Mahoney and Johnny Thomas.
Although Anthony Williams and Chris Bowen gave Ponthenri hope when making it 3-2 midway through the second half, two late penalties by Stuart Rees killed off their chances.
With games in hand on their rivals, Burry Port are still hoping to push for promotion in division one of the LTC Mobility Carmarthenshire League.
But they will be disappointed with only taking a point from a 1-1 draw at Llangennech.
After taking the lead early in the second half through Darren Pullman, Port surrendered the advantage to a left-foot shot from Lee Robinson.
Bottom club Drefach are in a desperate need for points in their fight to avoid relegation in division two, and it doesn't get any better after a 5-3 defeat at home to Penyfan United.
Marquis Evans capped a fine display with a hat-trick in the first half.
And in division three, Pembrey had to settle for a point after being twice ahead in the 2-2 draw against visiting Porth Tywyn.
On target for Pembrey were Daniel Morgan and Gareth Winston.
Sidelined by the weather were Johnstown, Tumble United, Johnstown United, Abergwili, Cross Hands, Whitland and Kidwelly Town.
Johnstown United Reserves extended their unbeaten run to five games with a 2-1 defeat of Wellfield.
The game started off with the away side pushing for a goal and United took the lead through Ben Roderick, who notched up his 10th of the season from a Tom Northcott cross from the left.
Despite dominating the first half and going close to a second on many occasions, it was the home side who pulled one back 10 minutes before half-time.
The half-time team talk encouraged Johnstown to play with confidence, and it wasn't long before striker Dan Thomas claimed his eighth goal in seven games when he collected the ball 30 yards out and his spectacular long-range effort crashed against both posts before going in.
The home side pressed for an equaliser, testing keeper James Devonald several times. But he continued his fine form by pulling off some fantastic saves.
The back four were outstanding, with captain Richard Wiggins calling the shots.
In midfield, Dave Williams was again solid.
United went close to adding a third through Simon Griffiths and Andrew Raistrick, whose superb shot was pushed out for a corner.