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Emlyn secure Championship status

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Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 11.01.09WHEN THE PRESSURE was on, Newcastle Emlyn delivered in style with what was one of their most famous wins in recent times, ranking with all the successes of the previous season, as they secured their Championship status for another year.

This Emlyn side, over the last four seasons as they have climbed the Leagues, have played in some tense encounters and the experience gained in these games was evident in this match.

For once it was the home side that started the game at breakneck speed and it was scrum half Dafydd Evans who got the opening score after some good work by Alex Williams.

Urged on by their scrum half Lewis, Beddau quickly retaliated and within five minutes were in the lead as he picked up a bobbling ball at the side of the scrum and accelerated through it to score a try converted by Withers.

The next score came from an unlikely source when from a lineout deep in the Beddau twenty two, Emlyn second row Ryan Morgans caught the ball cleanly. As the home side looked to set up a driving maul referee Neil Jones caught the visitors backs encroaching within ten metres before the line out was over and Leonard kicked the resulting penalty.

Another score came when the Emlyn backs and forwards swooped on the tackle area and counter rucked to drive Beddau off the ball, for second row Ryan Morgans to pick up and be driven over for an unconverted try.

Despite playing into the breeze Emlyn started off the second half strongly and immediately applied pressure on the visitors. However Beddau scored against the run of play as they quickly transferred play along their line for pacey winger Cobie Flowers to cross for an unconverted try.

With a slender one point lead Emlyn responded in the best possible fashion when flanker Brynmor Jones made a break and linked with centre Teifion Davies, who had another excellent match, and left wing Llyr Davies.

Beddau desperately halted the movement metres from their line. The ball was moved out to the right wing where Llyr Jones and flanker Owain Powell inter-passed and looked certain to score only to be denied again by a desperate Beddau defence. The visitors were penalised again for killing the ball.

Emlyn skipper Williams opted to go for touch and a line out move, involving prop Gethin Davies on the front peel, saw the prop feed his skipper who crossed in the corner for the third try.

Another line out close to the Beddau line saw the home side go through a series of rucks before scrum half Dafydd Evans fed prop Gethin Davies with a reverse pass which saw the prop, having perhaps his best game ever for Emlyn, crash over for the allimportant fourth try. In terms of the League the eleven point lead was in fact the equivalent of eighteen points, if Emlyn were to be denied the second losing bonus point.

Losing the match with this lead was not part of the Emlyn script and coach Marc Lloyd, with twenty minutes to go, used his bench to great effect.

With ten minutes to go the game took another twist when from deep inside their own half Beddau attacked down their left wing.

A kick ahead by winger Morgan Williams looked to be covered by the Emlyn defence. The ball however bounced up into Williams’ hands and he passed inside to the supporting Withers who crossed for a try, which he converted himself.

Emlyn, however, were not to be denied this victory and with the fresh legs of Jones and Elworthy driving the visitors backwards in the scrum, Beddau struggled to get any good ball in the face of some ferocious Emlyn play.

The tension was palpable in the crowd and the players, as the seconds ticked by. Into injury time Beddau were penalised at a scrum just inside their own half. Everyone thought the best option was to kick to touch and run the clock down especially as the Emlyn line out was working so well.

However skipper Williams and Leonard had other ideas and the full back opted to go for the posts. The kick only just missed and was caught by centre Hywel Chatham, who immediately counter attacked and burst through the first line of Emlyn’s defence.

Some desperate cover defence eventually forced Beddau into touch on the half way line. Ryan Morgans took the ball at the line and fed Mike Jones who had confirmed with the referee that time was up and then kicked the ball into touch.

On the final whistle the packed stand rose as one to applaud a superb effort by the home side.

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Mumbles win well against Ammanford seconds

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AMMANFORD seconds suffered a heavy 125 run defeat at the hands of Mumbles at Marespool.

Winning the toss, Ammanford invited Mumbles to bat first, and a terrific 188 run partnership for the second wicket, featuring Ben Jones (94) and Stuart Seaton (77), helped the home team to a healthy 221 for 4 in 45 overs.

Several Ammanford batsmen got into double figures but none were able to stay long enough to make any impression on the run chase. Eirian Morgan top-scored with 25, but the Ammanford innings finished disappointingly on 96 all out.

Gethin Morgan and Phil Roche each took three wickets for Mumbles.

Thirds beaten by Landore

Ammanford thirds travelled to Landore only to lose their match by 50 runs.

Ammanford skipper Carl Griffiths put Landore in to bat, and the home team scored 148 for 9. Landore
skipper Terry Summerfield top-scored with 33.

Ammanford’s Tom Davies was chief wicket-taker with 4 for 38.

Despite a solid 30 from opener and man-of-the-match Tom Davies, Ammanford failed to get anywhere near the required target and folded their innings on 98 inside 34 overs.

The defeat dropped them out of the top half of division six on the SWCA.

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Cwmamman United Juniors host end of season event

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CWMAMMAN United juniors held their end of season event at Clwb Godre’r Mynydd Ddu Glanamman.

As they celebrated throughout the day with their different age groups from Under 6 to Under 14 it looked as if almost every child in the Cwm had attended at some point.

The Juniors section at the club has grown to around 150 children over the last couple of years and with a dedicated and enthusiastic group of committee, coaches and volunteers behind them the club is excitedly anticipating further growth.

A fantastic time was had by all with all age groups proudly having their moment in the sun.

Robert Griffiths the Clubs Junior Chairman said: “I have to thank all our fantastic people at the club that get the kids out playing whether sorting games, coaching, fund raising or organising events such as our club parties and awards such as these.

“We continiue to grow and if your child would like to be part of a safe, healthy and fun environment they are most welcome here.”

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Depleted Ammanford beaten by seven wickets

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A DEPLETED Ammanford lost by seven wickets to Bridgend Town in a rain affected match at windswept Newbridge Fields on Satuday (Jun 25).

With the start delayed by over an hour because of rain, the match was reduced to 39 overs before a ball was bowled, and the toss immediately became the crucial factor in deciding the game’s outcome.

Bridgend won it and, predictably enough, put Ammanford in to bat.

The writing was on the wall as the visitors lost two wickets for 9 runs on an unpredictable wicket which was one of the first bowler-friendly tracks encountered this season.

Only four batters reached double figures as wickets fell at regular intervals. Top scorer was 14 year old wicket-keeper Gruffudd Owen (19no) who took the game to the visitors and looked capable of scoring many more had he not run out of partners.

Ammanford were all out for 90 inside 30 overs.

Tea was taken early as more heavy rain swept across Newbridge Fields, but unfortunately for Ammanford the sun made a reappearance and play eventually resumed.

The Bridgend batters did not have it all their own way, quickly losing both openers to opening bowler Owen Davies.

Davies removed a further wicket in a good spell of 3 for 15, but Thomas Cogbill (43no) and Luke Humphries (18) saw Bridgend safely home without further trouble inside 24 overs.

Next week, Ammanford welcome second placed Swansea to the Park, the memory of their 700+ run clash at St Helen’s still fresh in their minds.

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Ammanford thirds beat Pontardawe by a single run in a rain adjusted match at the Rec.

Batting first, Ammanford reached 132 all out, thanks mainly to their captain Carl Griffiths (41) and Dafydd Wyn Jones (21).

Rain meant that Pontardawe’s reply was restricted to just 16 overs, during which they had to score 53 runs.

They came very close, but two wickets each from Oliver Pallot and Iwan Matthews interrupted their progress and they fell short by a single run, finishing on 51 for 5.

The victory moved Ammanford into the top half of SWCA’s Division 6.

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