CWMAMMAN United and Aberystwyth Town are set to do battle for a place in the next round of the JD Welsh Cup on Saturday (Dec 8).
Cup fever will come to Grenig Park on Saturday with both sides keen to progress further in the competition.
However, the Welsh League Division 1 team will be looking to cause a big upset against their Welsh Premier League opponents.
Confidence is high in the Cwmamman camp going into the match having beaten Haverfordwest County 3-2 in their last match at the Bridge Meadow.
Despite their game being postponed last weekend (Dec 1) the Blues took full advantage to get in another training session and step up their preparations for the forthcoming Cup game.
The Management team of Cwmamman United were more than pleased with their team’s spirit and were buoyed by the application of the players ahead of the Cup game.
The Management team also stated: “The Seasiders will provide formidable opponents for Cwmamman and we will show them every respect that they deserve. However this is a Cup game and with a little luck and determination then who knows what may happen on the day.
“We will all prepare as we normally do for this game but we can tell that there is an extra spring in the step of our players who are really looking forward to this encounter.”
The Club Committee and everyone connected with the Club are really upbeat for the game and a warm welcome awaits the travelling Green Army.
The Green Army will also be in confident mood ahead of the game as their side have gone seven matches unbeaten in the WPL.
That seven match run includes a famous victory over Champions TNS and two stunning comeback wins against Bala Town and Cardiff Met.
They had to settle for a draw in their most recent game with Carmarthen Town and the team sitting fifth in the WPL table will prove a tough opposition to crack.
Cwmamman United won 2-1 against Blaenrhondda in the previous round and also had a 4-0 win against Dinas Powys in the first round.
With Premier League teams entering at the third round stage, Aber will be keen to avoid a slip up.
The Black and Greens were beaten finalists in last year’s competition and will be eager to return to the final to go one better in 2019.
The game kicks off at 1.30pm, so get down to Grenig Park to see what should prove to be an excellent cup tie.
More signings as Cwm build squad
FOLLOWING on from announcing their three new signings last week Cwmamman United have announced a further six this week.
Nathan Davies, who has captained the Carmarthenshire League Select side, joins from Bwlch Rangers while Rob Morgans joins having played with Haverfordwest County and Goodwick United previously.
They also announced the signing of four tremendously talented young players in Oliver Diamond, Korey Palmer, Stevie Evans and Joe Lewis.
“We are really pleased to have these boys on board as we are not only strengthening our first team squad with some really talented players ” said Ryan Stephens, First Team Manager, “but we are also building for the future.”
Ammanford romp to friendly win
AMMANFORD romped away in a goal fest in this pre season friendly beating their plucky opponents Pontarddulais by ten goals to nil on Friday (Jul 12).
Ammanford Manager Gruffydd Harrison will be pleased with his teams workout and even more excited with his forward line finishing prowess.
There were hat tricks for Gavin Jones who showed excellent pace and new signing Tristan Jenkins along with goals from Lee Trundle, Bruno Forkouh, Mathew Fisher and Craig Frater.
Ammanford have another friendly this Friday (Jul 19) when they take on Ynysygerwn.
After that they travel to Pontardawe Town on Tuesday (Jul 23) before a trip to Welsh Premier League neighbours Carmarthen Town on Saturday (Jul 27).
Carmarthenshire cyclist heading to Mont Blanc
WITH THE TOUR DE FRANCE in full swing and the World’s best doing battle against each other, there is another big cycling event taking place within the French Alps.
The Tour du Mont Blanc claims to be the Worlds toughest road cycling event and Llangadog based cyclist, Matthew Page will be lining up and attempting to complete the arduous route.
The event is a non-stop, circumnavigation around the alpine peak of Mont Blanc, starting in France alpine resort of Les Saisies and heads through Switzerland and Italy before returning to finish back in Les Saisies.
Covering a total of 330km (205 miles) with 8300 vertical metres (27,300 feet) of climbing it is roughly the equivalent to tackling two of the toughest Tour de France stages, back to back without stopping and takes in well known alpine passes including the Grand Saint Bernard, Petit Saint Bernard, Cormet de Roseland and Col de la Forclaz.
Matthew is a former professional Mountain Biker, who competed internationally and specialised in 24hr solo competitions and also Carmarthenshire Sports Personality winner. Now a cycle event organiser and cycling media journalist he organises major off-road events within the county including Battle on the Beach, Gritfest and in November 2019 will be organising a round of the British Cycling cyclocross national series within Pembrey Country Park.
With less than 50% of starters likely to finish, Matthew is understandably apprehensive about the challenge: “This will undoubtedly be one of the hardest days I will ever encounter on the bike and despite having done 24hr events previously, the extra challenges the Tour du Mont Blanc brings, including lack of a support crew, route navigation, logistics and uncertain weather especially at higher altitudes. The event has been a major focus for me this year and I am looking forward to the challenge”.
The event takes place on Saturday July 20, with the fastest riders expected to finish in under 12 hours.
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