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Blues denied by Cambrian

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CWMAMMAN United had to settle for a point in their game with Cambrian and Clydach on Friday (Feb 22), as the home side scored a late goal to earn a 3-3 draw.

Prior to the game, respects were paid by both Teams, Management, Officials and Supporters by holding a minute silence to honour the memory of Jac Lewis, a bubbly, well liked local footballer from the Amman Valley.

So after the well observed minute silence, the early team news was that Cwm were forced into a late reshuffle of defence as versatile defender Luke Allen pulled up with an injury in the warm ups. In stepped young Sean Howells to deputise.

On a chilly night in RCT it was Cambrian and Clydach on their 3G pitch that started the game brightly and were forcing the pace. Cwm found themselves on the back foot and unable to break out of their half.

With a quarter of an hour played it was Cambrian and Clydach’s in form striker Liam Edwards who rifled his low shot into the back of Cwm’s net to make it 1-0.

Cwm tried to respond but Cambrian and Clydach continued their high intensity pressing game and the pressure told when the referee spotted a foul in the Cwm penalty area and pointed immediately to the penalty spot. The home team converted the penalty kick to double their lead, 2-0.

At this point the away support could be forgiven in thinking that this game was going to run away from them.

Cwmamman to their credit are a team that have demonstrated a steely determination this season when falling behind to get themselves back in the game and with half an hour played it was apparent that Cwm were starting to pressure the home team and with pace out wide in Hurlow and Curtis had the home team focusing more on their defensive duties.

With less than ten minutes to the half time whistle, Cwm got their just reward when Cwm striker Ashley Curtis broke free of his markers and fired his shot into the home team’s net, 2-1.

As the first half came to an end the pendulum had swung in Cwm’s favour and it was the home team that welcomed the half time break .

Cwmamman came out in the second half with the same drive and determination that had been shown in the latter stages of the first half.

Cwm forced a corner kick and Ryan Hurlow stepped up to take it. His strike direct from the corner was so powerful and hit with such an out swing swerve that deceived everyone, the ball’s velocity found its way into the top corner of the home team’s net with the defence stunned by the precision of the set piece strike, 2-2.

The game had turned on its head with Cwm in the ascendency and when the home team had a player sent off for a reckless challenge it added to Cwm’s attacking impetus.

It wasn’t long before Cwm capitalised when Ashley Curtis broke down the right and got to the byline and provided a perfect cross ball for Cwm centre forward Christian Allen to put Cwm in the lead for the first time in the game, 2-3.

Cwm with some twenty five minutes left could sense an away win and were passing the ball around in some style.

It was all going well until Ash Johns, Cwm’s central defender, picked up his second yellow card and both teams were down to ten men.

Cambrian and Clydach were spurred on by this but there was another red card issued by referee for one of the substitutes on the bench.

Cwm’s Sean Howells was substituted by Brieg Matthews with minutes to go which meant another reshuffle to the Cwm back line.

With only a minute or two left on the clock, the referee spotted an infringement and awarded a second penalty to the home team. The penalty was fired home and Cambrian and Clydach had pulled a result out from the jaws of defeat, 3-3.

A thoroughly entertaining encounter between two top half teams in the division and all in all a well deserved away point for Cwmamman and a total of 30 points achieved for the season so far.

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Cottage Inn 5K returns

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FOR the second time, runners of all ages and abilities headed to The Cottage Inn Pub, Carmarthen Road on the outskirts of Llandeilo on Friday Evening (Sept 6) for an event which was first introduced 12 months ago in 2018.

Thanks to the great feedback from those in attendance at the debut event in September last year, here it was making a welcome return in the road running calendar once again!

The Cottage Inn Junior Mile & 5K distances was a road running race held to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support with a donation also made to the Llandeilo Mayor Fund.

After starting across the field from the Cottage Inn pub itself, the course took runners on an out-and-back loop around the quiet country lanes of the area.

Once the morning rain had cleared away, the evening sunshine in West Wales saw a total of 101 finish the 5K whilst 41 children got involved in the Junior Mile with a number of parents and guardians running alongside little ones.

All finishers who completed the course collected their finishers’ medal, welcomed home with a round of applause by parents, friends and club mates. In addition, the first three boys and girls in the junior mile and the first three men and women in the 5K were presented with a trophy.

This all happened before runners and spectators socialised afterwards, enjoying some burgers, hot dogs and drinks in each other’s company.

Club vests were out on show from the local clubs of Llanelli AC, Amman Valley Harriers, Carmarthen Harriers, Trots and Sarn Helen. Junior mile children were representing Ysgol Llangadog, Ysgol Bro Dinefwr, Ysgol Llangynnwr, Llandeilo CP, Ysgol Llandybie, Ysgol Brynaman, Ysgol Teilo Sant, Ysgol Ffairfach, Ysgol Gymraeg Rhydaman, Ysgol Nantgaredig and Ysgol Parcyrhun. Several Unattached athletes also got involved at their first appearance at a running event on Friday evening.

Two course records were broken in 2019 and both in the male categories. Macsen Toogood took nine seconds off his own time recorded in 2018 of 5 minutes 7 seconds, whilst David Keenan’s winning time of 16:59 in the 5K was sixteen seconds faster than 12 months ago.

Junior Mile – Boys: 1 Macsen Toogood (Ysgol Bro Dinefwr/Carmarthen Harriers) 00:05:07; 2 William Coles (Ysgol Llangadog/Carmarthen Harriers) 00:05:25; 3 Charlie Price (Ysgol Bro Dinefwr/Carmarthen Harriers) 00:05:47

Junior Mile – Girls: 1 Esme Lynock (Ysgol Llangadog/Carmarthen Harriers) 00:06:17; 2 Grace Toogood (Ysgol Teilo Sant/Carmarthen Harriers) 00:06:43; 3 Fflur Jones (Ysgol Llangadog) 00:07:18

5K – Men: 1 David Keenan (Llanelli AC) 00:16:59; 2 Matt Yelland (Amman Valley Harriers) 00:18:59; 3 Andy Mccall (Amman Valley Harriers) 00:19:00

5K – Women: 1 Wendy Price (Carmarthen Harriers) 00:20:09; 2 Elizabeth Tremlett (Carmarthen Harriers) 00:20:30; 3 Noami Williams (Amman Valley Harriers) 00:22:48

The event by now is annual and it is expected to attract big numbers when 2020 comes around.

Organised superbly and efficiently by Amman Valley Harriers’ Clara Davies, she thanked all the volunteers, runners and supporters alike who turned out to support the event and help raise money for a great cause.

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Borderers hold on to beat Pembroke

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Pembroke 24-25 Whitland

A LATE missed conversion saw Whitland take the spoils from an entertaining Pembrokeshire-derby with Pembroke on Saturday (Sept 14).

Pembroke drew 25-25 in Aberystwyth in their first game in League 1 West the previous week and they knew they would face another tough test against a strong Whitland pack.

The home side started the better of the two as they pulled their opponents around the park before scoring their first try of the game.

19-year-old Tom Harding-Jones picked up the ball from the backs and beat a couple of defenders to touch down. Toby Smith added the extras for a 7-0 lead.

They scored again soon after as Harding-Jones took a long pass from Smith before diving over in the corner. Smith missed the conversion.

Whitland were then given a penalty try as Pembroke were adjudged to have collapsed a driving maul, bringing the score back to 12-7.

Pembroke lost Lloyd Davies to a yellow card as a result of that and shortly before the break Whitland scored again through Jac Howells to bring the scores level.

It remained level at half time but Whitland went ahead early in the second half when Nico Setaro scored a penalty.

Pembroke then hit back as Sean Dalling went over on the right hand side and Smith then converted to make it 19-15 to the home side.

The Borderers then went ahead with an unconverted try that was scored by Marc Jones.

The home side then began to dominate as they looked to retake the lead but a loose pass saw Whitland kick ahead and it was Gino Setaro who won the race to the ball to touch down and increase their lead. The conversion was missed and the score remained 19-25.

With time running out Jordan Evans, on as a second half sub, picked up the ball from the scrum and ran 15 metres to score.

Smith faced a difficult conversion from out wide and was just unable to get the ball through.

It meant the score stayed at 24-25 and try as they might they were unable to find a late score which would have won the game.

Whitland held on for a thrilling win but Pembroke were left ‘gutted’ that they didn’t quite pick up the win.

Despite the result, Pembroke Head Coach Geraint Lewis was pleased with his squad which featured a number of young players adding that they had competed well with two good sides in their opening games of the season.

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Kia’ kit out Calsonic U16s

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GRAVELLS KIA KIDWELLY has gifted branded kit to a local football team, Calsonic Kansei U16s, as part of Kia Motors (UK) Ltd’s nationwide ‘Gift of Kit’ initiative which aims to support local grassroots football teams across the UK.

The new kit aims to help local players stand out on the pitch and since the initiative started, Kia has seen fantastic results for the local teams with 121 dealerships providing over 3,470 sets of kit to 129 football clubs and 127 cricket clubs across the nation.

Wyn Edwards, one of the coaches of Calsonic U16s commented; “We can’t thank Gravells Kia Kidwelly enough for helping this newly formed team feel professional in their new kit. We are hoping it will inspire them to perform well this season.”

Jonathan Gravell, General Manager of the Gravells Group said: “We are thrilled to be supporting Calsonic U16s. Playing in their new kit will be a great boost to them and their supporters. As a local business, we are passionate about giving back to our community and we look forward to seeing how the team performs.”

For more information about Kia’s ‘Gift of Kit’ initiative and to find out how you can get involved with future projects, please visit www.kiagiftofkit.co.uk/club.

You can also stop by Gravells Kidwelly SA17 4TF or call the team on 01554 890436 to find out what’s coming up in your area.

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