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Llanelli earn much needed win

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LLANELLI earned a much needed win on Friday night (Feb 8) as they beat Carmarthen Quins 18-12 after the Quins had missed a late conversion which would have put them ahead.

The home side were on top early on at Parc Y Scarlets but were unable to find a way though.

With nearly twenty minutes gone, Llanelli were awarded a penalty after a series of plays on the Quins 22m line and Ioan Hughes stepped up to give his side a 3-0 lead.

However, that lead was short lived as the Quins scored the first try of the game when a mistake at the lineout let Dylan Morgan in to score near the posts. Aled Thomas then added the conversion for a 3-7 lead.

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Shortly before the half hour mark Llanelli were back in front as a driving maul saw Nathan Hart touch the ball down. Hughes missed the conversion and then nearly atoned for his miss but his break for the line was stopped.

At half time the home side held an 8-7 lead and they came out for the second half looking to extend it.

After a series of plays close to the line Hughes went over to score Llanelli’s second try but he missed the conversion and they now held a 13-7 lead.

Both sides battled away for some time looking to break through but defences were on top until the last few minutes of the game.

Dale Ford found some space and the former Llanelli man dived over to bring the Quins to within one point. The conversion would have put the Quins ahead but it was wide, much to the relief of the home side.

They then made the Quins pay for that miss as they scored their third try through Josh Weeds and although the conversion was missed they had sealed an 18-12 victory.

The win for Llanelli moves them up to thirteenth place in the Premiership table and on Saturday (Feb 16) they are at home again as they take on second from bottom Bargoed.

The Quins will look to bounce back as they host Aberavon.

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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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