As Llanelli remain unbeaten in all competitions this season, the Reds face one of their toughest tasks as promotion rivals AFC Porth are the visitors to Steboneath Park on Saturday. 

Llanelli booked their place in the Welsh Football League Cup semi-final on Saturday after beating Abergavenny last week but Hill was quite critical of the way they played. 

“I’d rate that performance as our worst this season, our decision making and final ball wasn’t great and it showed but on a positive note it’s good to win ugly at times, and we have no preference who we play in the semi’s, we’ll take whoever we get drawn against.”

Hill says remaining unbeaten is the objective on Saturday and would take a point. 

“Saturday’s game is huge for both sides, but as I tell my players, in big games against promotion rivals what’s important is that we don’t lose. We will be flat out going for the win but not getting beat is our main priority.”

Having home comforts benefit some sides and Hill believes Steboneath Park is the perfect ground for Llanelli to play their games at. 

“Home advantage is massive for us and it’s proved that especially in the earlier rounds of both cups, playing at home allows us to play the way we want to play.”

The last time the two sides met, Porth ran out as 4-0 winners but Hill says that doesn’t come into play due to the way things have changed over the year. 

“No not at all, we are a new side this season even though some players were here last year, everything about us is different only the clubs name is the same in my mind.”

With highlights of Llanelli’s game against Abergavenny, there was an evident display of the attacking football during their first goal, Hill says this is in indication that the players are buying into his philosophy. 

“We are getting there but we still have a long way to go, the squad all know our philosophy and they have taken it on board and it’s there to see but we still have a lot of work to get us to where we want to be.”

Next week Llanelli travel to The New Saints in the JD Welsh Cup but Hill says the focus is still on Saturday’s fixture. 

“Next weeks game against TNS is a million miles away for us at the minute, Promotion is our target and Saturday’s game is bigger than the TNS game for us.

We will be going into this Saturday’s game full strength and we maintain that all the way through the game, we train all next week for the TNS game so we will focus on that game when it comes to it.”

When the two sides meet it will be the best attack in the league against the best defence in the league and Andrew is predicting a great battle between the two. 

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“It should be a great contest and I would back our strike force against any teams defence, the players we have up top have a great understanding with each other and that goes a long way in football.”



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