There was a dearth of productive goal-scorers in the Costcutter League when all domestic football in Wales was suspended with about a quarter of the campaign remaining because of the Covid-19 crisis.

As the present day strikers experience difficulty racking up the goals it is incredible that four decades ago a local player was within a whisker of a hundred strikes in a season.

Hywel Morris was a talented inside forward with Emlyn who moved to Carmarthen Town in the Welsh League and made quite a name for himself at Richmond Park.

Before one game the manager explained that the club was blessed with playmakers but light in the striking department which prompted Morris to volunteer his services – and he never looked back.

After several seasons and a hatful of goals for the Old Gold he returned to Emlyn and teamed up with gifted English amateur international winger Paul Hodges.

In season 1975-1976 when Emlyn won the Cardiganshire Football League Championship it rained goals with Morris leading the way in quite spectacular fashion.

The Teifisiders were already champions before the final game against visitors Cilcennin from the Aeron Valley, and there was no expectation whatsoever with Morris on the 86-goal mark for the term.

But drama unfolded as the 36-year-old goal machine did what he did best – hit the back of the net.

His goal tally kept mounting until the final 15 minutes when he had 12 to his name leaving him two short of the three-figure mark.

As colleagues set him up time and again and spectators willed him on, Morris sent efforts thudding against the crossbar and uprights and other attempts were just wide of the target.

With the seconds ticking away even the referee got caught up in the euphoria by adding a generous dollop of injury time, and with Cilcennin defenders putting bodies on the line the man in the middle eventually sounded a long blast on the whistle leaving Morris on 98 goals for the season.