Kick off:11:00 Friday, 26 Dec 2008
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Referee: Neil Morgan
Llanelli kicked-off the Boxing Day programme at 11am at Stebonheath and claimed all three points on offer against a Carmarthen Town side who had won their last five League games.
The Carmarthenshire Derby games are always keenly contested and the First-Half saw the sides share four goals in a passionate affair. Llanelli's skipper Rhys Griffiths opened the way early on, when he latched on to a great ball from Antonio Corbisiero to belt the ball beyond Neil Thomas from six yards.
Deryn Brace's side then equalised through Sasha Walters, who calmly finished after Ryan Lewis had stopped the initial shot from Tim Hicks. The Reds regained the advantage through teenage striker Jordan Follows, who is growing in confidence with every game he plays. His strike was a cool Number Nine's finish following good work from Nicky Holland.
Carmarthen fought back well again following a mistake from young 'keeper Lewis, who picked up a back-pass after Andy Legg just nudged the ball towards the under pressure 'keeper. Town's Lee Hudgell cleverly took the free-kick quickly and his assist allowed Danny Thomas the easiest of chances.
The Reds' boss Peter Nicholas must have had stern words with his faltering defence who looked more assured after the break and the hosts dominated the second period. Mark Pritchard came in to his own down the left flank and sub Craig Jones was just as lethal on the right, whilst another sub Chris Holloway made a difference in the middle. Pritchard assisted his strikers with the next two goals, which came within minutes of each other. Firstly his 40 metre run and pinpoint cross found Griffiths' head at the back post for 3-2, and then another sublime cross again found Griffiths who passed back across goal for Follows to claim his second. Griffiths then claimed a hat-trick in the dying minutes as the League's Champions ended their rivals excellent run of wins to go level with Rhyl at the Top of the Table.