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.
Ingledon stars as Laugharne sweep Town aside
LAUGHARNE remain second in Division 3 after they beat Haverfordwest Thirds by 150 runs in Division 3 of the Pembrokeshire League on Saturday (May 18).
The Carmarthenshire-side batted first and made an impressive total of 217-8 from their 45 overs.
James Ingledon was the mainstay of the innings as he top scored with 71 while he was supported by Carl Stephenson who scored 26.
Andrew Edwards added 22 and Kevin Pearce scored 21 as Town struggled to keep them below 200 runs.
Alistair Dyer was the pick of the bowlers for Town with two wickets for the loss of 22 runs.
There was also two wickets for Paul Jenkins (2-45) and Will Phillips (2-45).
Having starred with the bat, Ingledon then did so with the ball as he took five wickets for the loss of only 16 runs.
Carl Smith also took three for the loss of 15 runs as they helped bowl Haverfordwest out for just 67.
Jason Phillips top scored with 18 for Town but it did little to affect the outcome of the game.
The win keeps Laugharne nine points behind leaders Herbrandston who they play in the second round of the Harrison Allen Bowl tonight.
On Saturday (May 25), Laugharne are away to Llanrhian while Haverfordwest Thirds are at home to Narberth Seconds.
Llanelli secure Premiership status
LLANELLI secured their place in the Principality Premiership for next season on Friday night as they beat Championship winners Pontypool 27-16 in the play off at Aberavon.
Pontypool have only lost one game in three seasons but knew they would need to win to go up at the expense of Llanelli.
They started well but saw a couple of opportunities go begging early on and there was still no score with twenty minutes gone.
Six minutes later Pontypool charged down a kick and were given a penalty after Llanelli were deemed guilty of an offside for which saw yellow.
Pooler then sent the resulting kick through the posts to give them the lead.
Soon after, Shaun Evans had a chance for Llanelli when he ran into the Pooler 22 but after he was halted they went right when they perhaps should have gone the other way and the chance soon went.
Pooler then doubled their lead with another penalty as Llanelli were guilty of a number of infringements in the first half.
However, on the stroke of half time, Llanelli took the lead as they initiated a rolling maul and Taylor Davies went over for the try which was converted by Tom Prydie.
That gave the men in red a 7-6 lead at the break but they knew they would face a strong charge from Pooler in the second half.
Early in the second half, Llanelli looked to increase their lead when Ryan Conbeer went on a snaking run but he was halted just before the line by an excellent try-saving tackle from Lloyd Lewis.
Pooler then took the lead again with a penalty but Prydie answered with a penalty of his own to put Llanelli back in front at 10-9.
Soon after, Llanelli began to take control as they pushed a Pooler scrum backwards, earning a penalty, and Prydie kicked them further ahead.
Two minutes later they had another try as Steff Hughes kicked forward and Conbeer kicked on before falling on the ball in the try area. Prydie then added the extras to make it 20-9 with fifteen minutes to go.
They then scored their third try of the game as Lee Rees broke free after an excellent Callum Evans pass and the on-loan Llandovery player ran on to score. Prydie converted again to complete a great man-of-the-match performance.
With three minutes to go Scott Matthews touched the ball down under the posts and after it was confirmed as a try by the TMO it was converted bringing the score to 27-16.
Llanelli continued to play and thought they had scored late on but Callum Evans was called back after referee Nigel Owens, superb in the middle, spotted a forward pass from Prydie.
It left Pooler with little time to respond and Llanelli saw the game out to seal their place in the Premiership for the 2019-20 season.
Spotlight on superstars in South Wales
THE next two days around Cardiff will reverberate to the excited strains of a bowls community poised to experience the best of the best, when the first week of a two-week festival of international competition reaches its climax.
Over the five days the 2019 Atlantic Championships – featuring twenty-five bowling nations from the European, African and South American theatres at four host clubs around the Welsh capital – Barry Athletic, Dinas Powys, Penarth Windsor and Penylan – has gone through the qualifying stanza in women’s singles and fours, along with men’s pairs and triples.
In the short term the rewards are medals for excellence at this event, while qualification for next year’s world championships in Australia enjoys equal status.
Tomorrow and Thursday will be the stuff of which adventure heroes are made as many of the game’s greatest players strut their stuff – tomorrow’s elimination finals are at Barry Athletic and Dinas Powys, then the gold medal play-offs at Penylan on Thursday.
Spectators at Penalyn this morning enjoyed a teaser of what to expect when two superstars went at it in the flat green game’s version of a cat fight. It was a women’s singles encounter featuring a former Commonwealth Games gold medalist England’s Natalie Chestney, who won in Dehli in 2010; up against Scotland’s Caroline Brown, who has three world championship gold medals to her credit – the indoor singles at Potters in 2007, World Cup singles at Warilla in 2014 and the 2012 world fours in Adelaide.
The quality of bowls was exceptional as Chestney demonstrated the class that elevated her to the dizziest heights. After scores were level at 9-9 at eleven ends, the England star restricted Brown to just three scoring ends for the rest of the match, winning 21-14.
At major international events sectional top finishers graduate immediately to the semi finals, while the next two best finishers are sent to the elimination rounds.
Tomorrow at Dinas Powys, Scotland takes on England and Kenya plays Zimbabwe in women’s fours at 9.30am, with winners to play South Africa and Wales respectively at Barry Athletic at 2.30. Similarly, Malta plays Ireland along with Jersey against Guernsey in men’s pairs at Dinas Powys at 9.30am, with the winners heading to Barry Athletic in the afternoon to take on the mighty England and Scotland teams in the semi finals at 2.30pm.
Conversely, Barry Athletic will host England against Malta and Jersey versus Namibia in the morning men’s triples, with winners pitted against Scotland and South Africa respectively at Dinas Powys in the afternoon.
The blue ribbon women’s singles at Barry will see Natalie Chestney (England) v Colleen Piketh (South Africa) and Cindy Royet (France) v Ruti Gilor (Israel) at 9.30am – the winners playing Lucy Beere (Guernsey) and Caroline Brown (Scotland) respectively at Dinas Powys in the afternoon.
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