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Carmarthen and Llanelli look to avoid upsets

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CARMARTHEN Town and Llanelli Town will both look to avoid cup upsets on Saturday (Dec 8) as they play their JD Welsh Cup third round matches.

Carmarthen Town are away to Welsh League Division 1 side Goytre United while Llanelli Town are also on the road as they go Anglesey to take on Llangefni Town.

Llangefni have enjoyed a good run so far having won in the North section of the cup beating Saltney Town 4-0 to qualify for the main draw.

In Round 1 they beat Borth United 2-0 and they followed that up with a 5-1 thumping of St Asaph in Round 2.

The North-Walians currently sit top in Division 1 of the Welsh Alliance League with eight wins and a draw from their ten games so far this season.

It means they will likely provide stiff competition for Andy Hill’s Reds who currently sit second bottom in the Welsh Premier League.

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The Reds have three wins and two draws from their sixteen league games so far but have a draw and a win from their last two matches.

They will be looking to keep their mini run going into the Welsh Cup and a win could give them a boost ahead of League games away to Cardiff Met and at home to Bala Town.

Carmarthen have had a similarly tough start to their Welsh Premier League season with just four wins and four draws to their name so far.

They also have a similar record to the Reds from their last two games and will again be looking to enjoy a good cup run.

The Old Gold reached the quarter final stages last season before being beaten by Aberystwyth and they will be hoping for a repeat of that run.

They come up against a Goytre United side currently sitting seventh in Division 1 of the Welsh Leagues.

Like Carmarthen they also have four wins and four draws from their twelve games so far this season.

They enjoyed a 6-1 thrashing of Port Talbot Town in their last match and they are a team that has goals in them having drawn 3-3 with Undy and rivals Goytre 4-1 in previous matches.

They will also provide a stiff test for the Old Gold and Manager Neil Smothers told the Herald: “The game against Goytre is one that we are very much looking forward to. The Welsh cup is always a big occasion for us and one we always look forward to playing in.

“The draw has given us a tricky away one with Goytre being an excellent club that have some very good players and a good management team, added to that they have some ex-players and it will be an extremely tough game (but it will also be good to catch up with some players).

“We will prepare correctly and will not be taking anything for granted but we are certainly looking forward to the challenge.”

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More signings as Cwm build squad

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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.”

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Ammanford romp to friendly win

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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).

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Carmarthenshire cyclist heading to Mont Blanc

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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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