Report by Martin Townley

Briton Ferry Llansawel kicked off their season in the Cymru South with a 2-0 win over Llanelli Town at Old Road on Friday evening.

Llanelli finished runners up last term and are considered as one of the favourites to win the title this season alongside the Reds.

A debut goal for Jospeh Jones and a Tom Walters penalty both in the second half were enough to secure all three points at Old Road. 

Andy Hill’s team began their Cymru South campaign with a big win over their title rivals with the Red Wall + cameras and a bumper crowd at Old Road. 

In the early exchanges Llanelli’s Miles John was played into the box and went down with the Llanelli players calling for a penalty referee Alex McInch was not interested.

Ferry’s first real chance came in the 11th minute after a driving run into the box by Luke Bowen, he slipped the ball to Connor Goldsworthy who put the ball across the goal, but Tyler Brock put his effort just wide.

The Reds continued to look for the opener and Tom Walters forced a save from Luke Martin after curling a shot from the outside of the box which Martin had to be quick across goal to.

A quickly taken throw in from Walters found Keiran Williams in space and gave him a chance to shoot but his effort was saved shortly later.

Just moments later and The Reds had a free kick right on the edge of the Llanelli box, Luke Bowen went close from the kick putting his effort just over the bar.

Half Time 0-0

The Reds came out firing at the start of the second half, within minutes Ryan George saw his shot blocked before Ferry won a corner from their sustained pressure.

Connor Goldsworthy sent the ball to the back post from the corner where Jospeh Jones rose highest sending a powerful header into the net getting his first goal for the Reds on his league debut.

Minutes later Tom Walters played a ball down the left finding Goldsworthy who whipped the ball across the box and Luke Bowen went for a shot but was penalised for a high foot.

Alex Gammond then conceded a free kick with a late challenge and from the free kick Llanelli’s Jamie Baker headed wide with the visitors first chance of the half. 

Llanelli seemed to gain confidence and began to push the hosts back, putting balls into the box but the box Callum Bateman had a real chance to score but his mistimed his effort and Ferry cleared.

Ferry came back on the attack and a ball into the box set Walters away, he stuck a low shot towards the near post, but Martin was equal to it.

As the game came to an end sub Jasper Payne skipped past Martin who brought him down for a penalty aftter a poor back pass, Tom Walters stepped up and sent Martin the wrong way to double the lead and secure the win for the Reds.

Full Time: Briton Ferry Llansawel 2-0 Llanelli Town

BFL: Rhys Wilson (G), Declan Evans, Alex Gammond © (Jack Hurley 67), Kris Evans, Keiran Williams, Tyler Brock, Tom Walters, Luke Bowen (Jasper Payne 82), Connor Goldsworthy, Joseph Jones, Ryan George.

Goals: Joseph Jones 53, Tom Walters (Pen) 90+3.

Yellow Cards: Joseph Jones 22, Alex Gammond 60, Connor Goldworthy 80.

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