The Bluebirds had the better of this game without ever really dominating, but were undone by well-taken goals from Chris Jones and Lee Trundle. For the first ten minutes the Reds looked very dangerous, with Trundle at the heart of their game. However, he was up against Sean Pemberton whose tight man-marking squeezed the ex-Swan into a more cautious role than he might have played. But even though ‘Pembs’ restricted Trundle to just two shots on goal, there was always danger to be found in the striker’s lay-offs and it was one of these which sent JONES in after 8 minutes for an opener. The Blues slowly but surely got into the game. One very sharp break by Declan Carroll and Danny Williams showed the slickness of which their attack is capable, and a Steffan Williams flick was parried for a corner which Pemberton headed wide. Indeed, what was the most threatening Blues move of the game came in the 19th minute when Danny Williams met a long ball in from Matthew Broome with an extravagant aerial flick which went just wide. Any risk of complacency was shaken when a 35th-minute Reds free kick crashed against the bar, but even so the Blues will have left the field at half-time a goal down but feeling that the win was still on. They certainly had the better of the second half, looking the livelier side and at times the fitter. The back four played extremely well, with Pemberton, as noted, outstanding. They built a great deal through the midfield, where Ricky Watts had a tremendous game and Elliot Scotcher looked neat and constructive. The two Williams wingers raided quickly and sharply. But in the end it was the lack of a specialist centre forward which was to prove the side’s undoing. Carroll started in the Number 9 shirt and Greg Walters moved up in the second half but although the build-up to the 18-yard line was clever and dangerous, there was never a real incisiveness in the box. Many of the attacking balls were from deep positions and, without a target man in attack, were being easily cleared. Several times an attack which could have ended in a shot saw the extra pass being played and the attack snuffed out. The result was that although Llanelli were forced to attack on the counter during a second half which saw significant Blues pressure, it was the Reds who fired in the dangerous shots. They relied on the long ball forward, often over-hit the final pass anyway and sent a few finishes badly wide. Nevertheless, whereas Craig Morris in the Reds’ goal barely had a shot to save, Conah McFenton was brought into much more action, having to pull off two real blinders. The final goal was a cruel one, so often seen when a side is pressing for an equaliser and is hit on the break. With his shadow Pemberton having just gone up for a corner, TRUNDLE was able to evade his new marker and slip home the sweetest of finishes. The next league game for the Blues is away to Monmouth Town on Saturday 30th March. County: Conah McFenton; Matthew Broome, Alaric Jones (Charlie Davies, 84), Sean Pemberton, Tim Hicks, Ricky Watts, Elliot Scotcher, Greg Walters, Declan Carroll (Ryan Thomas, 65) Dan Williams, Steffan Williams. Sub not used: Leon Luby, Nicky Palmer, Joe Pritchard.