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Llanrumney United rallying after managerial change but still face relegation battle

The team are third from bottom of the South Wales Alliance Premier Division as they welcome mid-table Ton Pentre

LLANRUMNEY United FC are fighting hard to stay in the Premier Division after showing signs of recovery following their torrid start to the season.

Dinas Powys are rock bottom of the 12-team table with no wins from 16 games but United are joint-second from bottom, level on 14 points with Tonyrefail – but Tonyrefail have two games in hand.

On Friday night (7.45pm) United host mid-table Ton Pentre AFC at Cardiff University’s sports fields and club secretary Ben Stitfall says everyone knows what is at stake for the Stags.

“It’s an important match for us to avoid the dreaded relegation drop,” he said.

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United lost five of their last six games before a managerial changing mid-season.

Former Newport County AFC player Sam O’Sullivan joined alongside ex-Cardiff City FC coach James Wood as assistant manager three months ago in a bid to turn things around after Ben Hartrey left the club.

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The change has certainly improved results. United have won their last two matches, winning 6-3 against Dinas Powys and then earning back to back wins last weekend.

United ended Caerphilly Athletic FC’s four-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory with 19-year-old Ethan O’Neill scoring the first goal. Adrien Bettoni grabbed the winner in the second half after Caerphilly had equalised with a penalty from Joey Morelli.

United have still won only four games this season, but hopefully they can keep the momentum up with the next match.

Mr Stitfall said the team are asking “people of the community to show some support and get behind the team to help out in our battle.”

Kick off is at 7:45PM. Entry on the gate costs £3 at Cardiff University Playing Fields Pitch 3, on Mendip Road, CF34JN.