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Blacks move up to fourth

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BURRY Port moved into fourth place in League 2 West on Saturday (Apr 6), as they beat St Clears 32-17.

However, the Saints were well in the game until, in the final ten minutes, they conceded two tries in quick succession as the Blacks took advantage.

If you saw the first twenty minutes you would have wondered who was at the bottom and who was mid table in the league; St Clears were absolutely dominant, but the failure to score was crucial and the first foray into the home side’s territory produced a try for the visitors, albeit a very good one with excellent handling skills from the dangerous visitors back division producing a touchdown in the corner for right wing Owen Thomas.

End to end play was the subsequent pattern of play with both sides pushing for the next score with Saints number 8, Owain Stacey breaking the deadlock ten minutes later with his debut try for Saints, converted by captain Adam Phillips, to put the home side in front.

It was short lived however, with a penalty conceded by Saints ten minutes later, providing the impetus for the very effective visitor‘s back division to cross in the other corner allowing left wing Thomas Bowen to restore the lead for Port at the half time break with the score at 10 points to 7.

In the second half a high tackle provided an easy penalty in front of the posts for Port’s number 10 Ben Williams and a very good kick from distance against a strong wind from Captain Phillips, thanks to the crossbar, maintained the score differential, only for an interception by Thomas Bowen to extend the lead once again with an unchallenged simple run in under the posts for his second try, which with the conversion, extended the lead to ten points.

Five minutes later in this very evenly contested challenge, left wing Jonathan Gostling finished off good work to reward the territorial advantage enjoyed by the home side for a try which, with another good conversion from Phillips, produced the finely balanced score of 17-20.

However, with ten minutes remaining, the Saints saw that narrow gap increased with two tries conceded far too easily taking the score to 17-32.

It left the Saints gutted with what they saw as another unjust result.

On Saturday (Apr 13), the Saints will look to bounce back as they travel to Mumbles while Burry Port will look to keep hold of fourth place as they travel to bottom side Tumble.

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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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