Written by Gareth Joy

Llantwit reclaim top spot after seven-goal thriller

20th November 2021

JD Cymru South
Briton Ferry Llansawel 3-4 Llantwit Major
Llantwit Major: Tom Walters 28' / 90', Lee Jones 44', Josh Jones 62'

Before the Cymru Leagues went on a short mid-season break, the race for the Cymru South title had become delicately poised.

Llantwit Major let slip the lead after a 2-0 defeat against reigning champions Swansea University, which allowed Pontypridd to take over at the top, following their 4-0 win over misfiring big spenders Ammanford.

Both rivals were back in action on Friday night.

Karl Lewis took his men to in-form Briton Ferry, who were unbeaten in ten league games and maintaining some pressure on the top two.

Within the opening five minutes, Llantwit were staring at another uphill battle after Tyler Brock easily turned his marker from the edge of the box to put the hosts ahead.

Alex Gammond doubled Briton Ferry's lead after 14 minutes - though the visitors nearly hit back moments later, when Tom Walters' penalty was saved by home keeper Conah McFenton.

The top scorer made amends just before the half hour, only for Brock to find his brace to restore Briton Ferry's two goal cushion.

Llantwit gave themselves hope when a fine cross from Nathan Jones was nodded in by Lee Jones just before half time.

The second half was perhaps a more cagey affair, with keeper Jack Lansdown forced into making some crucial saves, before Jack Jones finally put Llantwit on level terms soon after the hour.

Briton Ferry started to buckle after a goal was disallowed for offside and the game was held up after an unfortunate injury to one of their players.

But when it all looked destined to end in a draw, who else but Tom Walters could have the last word?

A stunning free-kick in the 90th minute curled home past McFenton to put Major ahead for the first time all night and grab a dramatic three points.

Even better still, news filtered through that ten-man Ponty had lost 3-2 to Afan Lido, where Jordan Edwards scored a hat trick of penalties in the second half.

Llantwit reclaim a one-point lead at the top of the table, going into another mini-break until 4th December, when they face Briton Ferry again at the (due-to-be-renamed) Windmill Ground.

As for the away fixture, it was probably impossible not to get emotional about it, long after the final whistle...

JD Cymru South
Friday night results

Afan Lido 3-2 Pontypridd Town
Ammanford 2-2 Risca United
Briton Ferry Llansawel 3-4 Llantwit Major
Carmarthen Town 1-1 Trefelin BGC
Goytre United 3-0 Llanelli Town

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