A HEALTHY attendance of 414 at the Recreation Ground Ammanford were treated to a very entertaining game on Tuesday evening (Aug 27).
Swansea University got the perfect start to the game when after 6 minutes into the game, striker Marley Bishop-Wisdom was adjudged to have been pulled back in the Ammanford penalty area. Referee Gavin Townsend had no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot. Despite the home team’s protests, the decision stood.
Up stepped Uni’s Nicholas Hyden who fired home the spot kick, 0-1.
A minute later it got even better for Swansea University as the pacy Bishop-Wisdom pounced on a ponderous defensive error and drove his shot into the corner of the Ammanford net, 0-2.
The home team were very sluggish out of the blocks and were finding it tough going against a well drilled Swansea University team who were growing in confidence by the minute and moving the ball around the park with some ease.
With 10 minutes gone in the game Swansea University increased their lead when Marley Bishop-Wisdom broke away and fired in his second goal of the game to stun the home team, 0-3.
It seemed that Swansea University were going to run away with the game and Ammanford were just about hanging onto their coattails.
It got worse for the home team when their influential midfielder Mathew Fisher limped out of the game to be replaced by striker Craig Frater.
Further chances fell to the visitors but Ammanford battled to keep the score at 0-3 until the interval. The home support could only admire the football of Swansea University and were left wondering how their team were going to get back in the game.
The Second Half was only a couple of minutes old when another defensive error by the home team led to striker Bishop-Wisdom scoring again.
A hat trick of goals for Marley and looking like a match winning performance with over 40 minutes left to play in the game.
At last Ammanford seemed to step up the gears and there was more of an urgency to their play. Craig Frater lifted the spirits of the home support when in the 52nd minute he ran down the line in front of the main stand and cut inside then unleashed a shot that was deflected away from the Swansea University keeper into the back of the net 1-4.
All of a sudden the mood changed around the ground and there was some good signs of a possible fight back.
Four minutes later Ammanford won a penalty when Andy Robinson was tripped in the penalty area.
Lee Trundle stepped up to take it but much to the dismay of the home support his spot kick was saved by Uni’s keeper Luke Martin.
Ammanford continued to press and were winning more of the 50-50 challenges.
With 20 minutes left in the game, Ammanford got their second goal of the game when centre back Euros Griffiths rose majestically to head the ball into the net to make it 2-4.
As hard as they tried, Ammanford could not find another way through the Swansea University defence marshalled by the experienced Wyn Thomas.
As the clock ran down it was a question of what might have been if Ammanford had played at the same intensity in the first half without the defensive errors.
As the final whistle blew it was Swansea University who were celebrating a very good away win.
Make no mistake, this was a very good Swansea University team that took the field this evening and in the end worthy winners.
For the home team it may have been a case of too little too late.
Ammanford must regroup as they face another difficult fixture away to Llantwit Major on Saturday (Aug 31).
Cottage Inn 5K returns
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.
Borderers hold on to beat Pembroke
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.
Kia’ kit out Calsonic U16s
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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