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Evans earns win in first bout

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ON Friday, November 17, five of Trostre ABC’s boxers appeared in the Club’s annual fundraising event at the Gate Inn, Bynea.

The first home boxer was 12-yr-old Finley Davies (Trostre) matched with Marcel Sesevic from Alway ABC, Newport.

It was decided that this was a “skills bout” to give the young boxers greater experience. No declared winner. However, Finley showed considerable improvement, with good use of the left jab, head movement and footwork. Finley dominated parts of the action, but Marcel showed good commitment, in his first ring experience. A bout enjoyed by a good crowd.

Next up for Trostre, in a battle of 14-yr-olds, was Jay Evans, weighing in at 55k against Michael Evans of Aberystwyth.

Both boys were having their first outings. At the first bell, Jay opened with a double left jab, followed by a good right cross. However, Jay did not pursue the initial advantage, allowing Michael to come back at him with a flurry of punches.

The bout developed into a really good contest, with Jay, sometimes on the back foot, but countering well with a powerful left hook.

The Trostre boy blocked several of Michael’s attacks, behind a traditional high guard, and earned a unanimous verdict from the judges, in what had been a well-contested bout. The two Evans boys are due for a return bout, at Aberystwyth this week-end.

The next Trostre boxer on show was 18-yr-old Cameron James, whose bout with 25-yr-old Corey Griffiths of All Saints ABC, Caerphilly was run as an exhibition contest, due to the age difference. Both boys weighed in at 69k.

The age difference did not detract in any way from the commitment shown, with both boys putting in maximum effort. Cameron started with a good series of left jabs, and showed good footwork on the retreat. Griffiths fought back well with straight punches, forcing James, occasionally, to cover up and take evasive action.

Cameron also showed good skill in counterpunching from defensive positions, with his left-hook achieving frequent success. A no-decision contest, but Cameron more than held his own against his senior rival.

James’ team-mate, 17-yr old Harley Fox came up against Liam Trinder from Heads of the Valleys ABC, Ebbw Vale, in a match made at 59k.

Fox came out, not knowing that Trinder was a southpaw. It took a few seconds for Harley to adjust his tactics, then he opened up with a series of fast punches, from both hands, including a very effective right uppercut. The referee was forced to give Liam a standing 8-count.

On resuming, Harley tore into his opponent with a further series of punches to head and body. The referee called a halt with a first stoppage win for Fox, in his 3rd. amateur bout.

The final bout of the night saw heavyweights, Oliver Didcott (TrostreABC), up against Harly Vatsaloo of Penarth ABC. Didcott at 5ft. 9ins. gave away almost 7 inches in height and reach. Vatsaloo scored with an early sharp left jab. Oliver scored well with strong left jabs to the body.

In the second, the Penarth boxer landed a powerful left hook, which knocked the Trostre boxer across the ring, more off-balance than hurt and Oliver came back with strong right hands over the 6’ 4” Vatsaloo’s left hand.

The third and last round became even more exiting, as Didcott found his range, trying to make up lost ground. The Penarth boxer kept cool and countered with long left jabs and the occasional straight right. The winner of a good closing bout – Vatsaloo, on points.

Pembroke ABC had a successful night with three wins out of three and sixteen year old Dylan Scott awarded Best Boxer of The Night by the Judges.

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Wanderers edged out by Gowerton

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LLANELLI Wanderers came close to victory against Gowerton on Saturday (Feb 16) but were unable to find a winning score as they were beaten 14-18.

Gowerton had taken the lead early on with a penalty and an unconverted try gave them an 8-0 lead at half time.

The Wanderers hit back in the second half with Sianco Morgan going over for the try and the conversion from Lewis Jones brought them to within a point of their opponents.

They then took the lead as Lloyd Thomas went over and Jones again added the extras to make it 14-8.

Gowerton hit back with a converted try of their own and they were back in the lead by a single point.

They then scored a penalty to make it 14-18 with six minutes to play. Try as they might the Wanderers could not find a way through and they had to settle for a losing bonus point.

The Wanderers are next in action on Saturday, March 2, when they travel to Crymych.

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Nant hold off Trimsaran

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NANTGAREDIG remain unbeaten in League 3 West B after they sealed a narrow 17-18 win away to promotion rivals Trimsaran on Saturday (Feb 16).

The visitors took the lead with an early penalty scored but Trimsaran responded well with a try to take the lead but the conversion was missed and the home side led 5-3.

Nant hit back and got their first try of the game thanks to and the extras were added for a 3-10 lead.

They then extended their lead to 5-15 with an unconverted try and with half time looming, the lead was extended further with another penalty.

Lloyd Williams kicked one conversion and two penalties. Ben Nichols scored a try and Rhydian Evans scored the other.

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With the score 18-5 at the break Trimsaran knew they would need to play well in the second half and they very nearly pulled off an excellent comeback.

Trimsaran scored two good tries with the latter try bringing the score to 17-18 setting up a nervy finish for both sides.

However, it was Nantgaredig who showed why they have not lost a game this season as they held on for the win.

They have now won 24 games on the bounce and look favourites for the title and promotion this season.

On Friday (Feb 22), Trimsaran are at home as they take on Penybanc with the game kicking off at 7:15pm.

Nantgaredig are next in action on Saturday, March 2, when they host CR Cymry Caerdydd in the quarter final of the WRU Bowl.

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Kidwelly come from behind to win thriller

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WITH both sides residing in a similar league position in Division 1 and a spot in the Senior Cup Quarter finals up for grabs, all was set for a close encounter between Kidwelly and Felinfoel on Saturday (Feb 16).

Felinfoel had home advantage and, having already beaten their opponents 3-1 earlier in the season, they were favourites to advance to the next round, but nothing is ever that simple in football.

During the first fifteen minutes Felinfoel dominated possession with much of the play happening in and around the Kidwelly box.

Felinfoel took the lead with twenty minutes gone when a dangerous cross was delivered towards the back post which resulted in a well-taken goal.

After the restart Kidwelly showed signs of resurgence with brothers Connor and Jordan Howells linking up well in midfield and creating problems for Felinfoel.

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The fightback, however, was short lived as Felinfoel sent a wide free kick into the box and the ball was headed into the back of the net.

There was not much Kidwelly could have done about either goal as the deliveries for each were superb.

With five minutes left of the first half and Kidwelly not threatening much, they were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box. Winger Rob Hammond sent a superb high ball into the box and Kyle Griffiths, former centre-back turned midfielder, flicked the ball over the keeper and into the net to give Kidwelly a glimmer of hope.

The half time whistle went and even though Felinfoel had the better of the half Kidwelly had shown good resilience and were pleased to be only 2-1 down at the break.

The second half started with both sides playing at a high tempo with Kidwelly in a confident mood having scored before the break and having come from behind to win in other games this season.

As the game continued both teams were battling hard with some big tackle flying in. Kidwelly had far more possession in the second half and created numerous good chances.

Kidwelly were playing some good stuff but it wasn’t until the hour mark when Rob Hammond, Kidwelly’s top goal scorer, latched on to a huge goal kick and delivered a clinical finish to make it 2-2.

Not long after that, Hammond again latched on to a forward pass and with a bit of creativity managed to turn the defender and find the bottom corner with a quality finish to put his side into the lead.

Felinfoel looked to get back in the game and Kidwelly manager Gareth Evans introduced fresh legs replacing hardworking Liam Jones with club captain Luc Fitzpatrick who was returning from injury.

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This was an attempt to keep Felinfoel at bay but they threw everything they could at the makeshift Kidwelly keeper Danny Coleman, normally a number ten. However, Coleman made some tremendous saves and put his body on the line on numerous occasions.

Kidwelly survived three goal-mouth scrambles and on one occasion had ten players behind the ball trying to keep it out.

Unfortunately for Kidwelly, during one of those scrambles, veteran Chris Cray volleyed his goal keepers arm meaning Coleman would have to go off injured. He was replaced by striker Aled Giley with Daniel Griffiths, who was having an excellent game, having to go between the sticks for the rest of the game.

Both sides battled until the end with more strong tackles flying in but Kidwelly full backs Tom Hughes and Daniel Fitzpatrick had faced quality opposition wingers and came out on top.

Felinfoel played their part in an excellent cup game but Kidwelly, who have recently won five games on the bounce in Division 1, showed great resilience and team spirit to earn a thrilling win.

On Saturday (Feb 23), Kidwelly are at home as they play Pontlliw in the quarter final of the same competition, kick off 1:45pm.

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