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Magpies unlucky against Black and Ambers

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TUMBLE made the short trip to old rivals Pontarddulais on Saturday afternoon (Feb 2) looking for their first win of 2019 and despite a spirited performance still drew a blank by unluckily losing 19-7.

The first half saw the Magpies on top but despite a number of clear scoring opportunities were unable to capitalise, going into the break 9-7 down.

Tumble’s points came from a try by Number 8 Nathan Willard which was converted by centre Steffan Price. Bont hit back with three penalties to take a narrow 2-point lead at the interval.

The second half saw the Magpies again putting pressure on their hosts but unable to get over the whitewash despite the best efforts of Willard who again went close.

Unfortunately, the Black and Ambers started to even up the territory as the half wore on and after a prolonged forward drive went over for their first try after 57 minutes. The conversion was missed making the score 14-7.

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Again, the game ebbed and flowed with both sides having opportunities to score. As the game wore on the Magpies again put pressure on the Bont try line but just couldn’t get the score that their good work deserved.

With 79 minutes on the clock Tumble were in the Pontarddulais 22 and trying to build another attack when a loose ball at a ruck saw the ball squirt out for the Black and Ambers number 8 to gather and sprint 80 metres to score wide out on the left.

The conversion was missed but the margin was enough to deny Tumble both the victory and the losing bonus point.

Again, this was a spirited performance but not helped by withdrawals and personnel changes late in the week which disrupted the cohesion of the side.

There is plenty of ability in this side they just need to get a wining break from somewhere which will up the confidence and belief.

There is no game next Saturday due to the Italy v Wales international so the boys are next in action in a fortnight when they welcome Mumbles to Parc y Mynydd Mawr, kick-off 2.30pm.

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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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