ON A WARM and sunny midweek evening, four of the Carmarthen Harriers middle distance group went to Tipton near Birmingham for the latest BMC Regional races open to all ages from across the UK, and every one came home with new personal bests with Ben Thomas dipping under the two minute mark with a time of 1.59.3.
Also taking part in the 800 metres was Iwan Glynn and Callum Lovatt recording best times of 2.03.9 and 2.09.9 respectively. Archi Morgan contested the 1500 metres and did well in difficult conditions to finish in 4.34.5. Thomas & Glynn’s times are the fastest set in Wales so far this season.
Following a busy day of schools competitions in West Wales earlier in the day, Welsh Athletics held their open sprints meeting at the Cardiff International Sports Stadium and saw numerous PB’s recorded throughout.
The fixture started off with some sprint hurdles heats and continuing his fine form this year was Glen Elsdon performing well again in the 110 metres (14.60).
As well as Elsdon competing in the 100m sprint (10.86), another 4 under 17 & under 20 athletes were involved in the 100m & 200m, coming away with 5 personal bests between them: Zak Daly 100m (12.11) & 200m (24.29); Rhun Edwards 100m (12.35) & 200m (24.43); Alicia Samuel 100m (12.57) & Celyn Williams 100m (13.05) & 200m (26.73)
The Welsh Athletics / WSAA Combined Events Championships returned to Swansea University Track and around 120 competitors from across Wales competed in disciplines such as sprint hurdles, 200m, 800m, high jump, long jump and shot. For many it was a new challenge taking part in events they were not familiar with.
A small team of Dyfed schools athletes were present and saw good results including Beca Roberts coming in bronze medal position in the under 15 all-rounder event and Lili Church jumping a massive 1.65m in the high jump competition to put her 4th in the UK rankings.
Team wise, Dyfed filled second place in both the under 15 girls and boys categories and collected another two individual awards thanks to Ella Wintle and Dylan Phillips.
The remainder of the team, consisting of Carmarthen, Pembrokeshire and Llanelli athletes, were Lucy Wintle, Zara Evans, Chloe Simmonite, Flavia Jenkins, Ioan Melrose, Amy Mullen, Tyree Thompson, Rhidian Jenkins and Dafydd Waters.
After two long journeys into England, the West Wales under 17 and 20 composite team’s third match was closer to home at Cardiff for the premier division match against Team DC, Avon, Cardiff, Swansea and Cheltenham.
With great team spirit on and off the track, the youngsters secured their best result of the season finishing in 2nd overall behind the host club. The team now head to the final of the South/ West promotion match in a few weeks’ time over in Newport.
Carmarthen Results: Trystan Leech 800m (2.19.93); William Edwards High Jump (1.95m); Sam Bleach Hammer (20.45m) & Javelin (39.65m); Zak Daly 200m (25.44); Callum Lovatt 800m (2.17.96); Gareth Thompson 1500m (4.37.86); Ben Thomas 400mH (61.35) & 1500m steeplechase (4.48.12) Joe Worrall Shot (7.17m) & Discus (46.01m); Rhun Edwards 4 x 100m Relay; Olivia Haines 200m (28.02) & Triple Jump (9.92m); Megan Rowe 400m (63.76) Lauryn Davey High Jump (1.55m) & Shot (9.38m); Amy Evans Javelin (29.44m); Alicia Samuel 100m (12.83); Celyn Williams 100m (13.46) & 300m (43.57); Grace Page 800m (2.54.43) & 1500m (6.03.27); Eva Edwards 800m (2.35.64); Cerys Davies 3000m (12.59.26) & Danielle Jones Shot (10.13m) & Discus (32.93)
Finally, in amongst 5,000 runners at the Swansea Half Marathon, Sharon Leech (1.29.38 F45) Vince Bailey (1.36.06 M40) Huw Davies (1.37.02 M40) and Lisa Forrest (2.02.45 F35) finished the course in good times.
Late goal sees Lido beat Ammanford
Report and photo courtesy of Ian Parfitt
AMMANFORD suffered the heartbreak of late defeat at Afan Lido on Friday night with an 87th minute winner from Liam Griffiths securing a 2-1 win and all three points for the hosts.
Afan Lido started the match on the front foot and Ammanford were clearly struggling with the pace on Lido’s flanks. A foul in the box led to a penalty for Lido in the 11th minute which was dispatched by Chris Jones.
Afan Lido were largely on top in the first half however were unable to add to their goal. Ammanford were restricted to half chances although Callum Silcox did hit the post with an angled shot.
Ammanford would have hoped for an early goal in the second half and that’s exactly what they got in the 48th minute, the excellent Jordan Langley spotting the keeper off his line and hitting a looping shot into the net from 30 yards.
This goal clearly settled Ammanford and spurred on by a vociferous away support went in search of a second goal.
Afan Lido rode their luck in the 63rd minute when Owyn Airey smashed a shot against the bar.
Callum Silcox then forced Lido keeper Steve Cann into an excellent save in the 74th minute with a rasping, long range effort.
Ammanford looked the most likely team to score and had several other opportunities which they failed to convert.
Ammanford were playing well with Morgan Clarke particularly influential in midfield.
Just when it looked as if a hard fought contest was heading for a draw Griffiths swept home from close range in the 87th minute following a Lido corner.
Ammanford frantically went in search of a second equaliser in the time that remained but this eluded them and the final whistle brought about feelings of what could have been for the away team.
Ammanford will look to put things right in their next match, a home encounter against Goytre Utd on Friday (Sept 30).
Williams’ wonder strike sinks Village
CWMAMMAN United came away from a hard fought match at near neighbours Garden Village in front of a large crowd with the three points following a powerful strike from Sion Dafydd Williams.
It was the second win on the trot for Cwm and manager Paul Lewis will have been especially pleased with a second consecutive clean sheet.
Cwm started well and dominated the first half that saw a Cory Saunders inswinging corner beat everyone and bounce out off the far post while Williams then later saw his shot agonisingly trickle past the post.
A high ball in to the Village box then hit the defender’s hand and Cwm had a penalty. Kyle Ashford struck it well but it was a tad too high and Wyn Walters made an excellent save. Charlie Davies then had an opportunity following a great move but fired just wide.
Ross Morgan, Ashford and Davies were dominating midfield while Grant Rees and Callum Dougal in the heart of the defence were controlling the Village attacks.
The goal was coming but not expected as spectacularly as it did when in the 39th minute a cross into the box saw Sion Dafydd Williams leaving Walters with no chance as he rocketed the ball into the net from the edge of the box as he seemed to be facing away from goal.
As the first period Garden Village will have been relieved to see half time just a goal down and will have been happy that they were still in it.
The second half saw a more even game with Walters again making excellent saves from Keiran Richards and from a Williams header. Village were now breaking more and Kai Rees who had tidied up excellently behind the Cwm defence throughout had to make a great finger tip save in the 70th minute.
Both sides then had to make changes due to injury with Cwm losing Leon Croucher, Williams and Richards to be replaced by Harrison
Thomas, Jordan Sullivan and Alex Giardelli returning to his old club.
Cwm seemed to be seeing the game out comfortably but had a late scare when Giardelli was given a red card for a reckless challenge in the 98th minute and nervously had to defend one last free kick.
An important win in the context of the season and Cwm now entertain Treharris Athletic on Saturday, October 1, at Grenig Park, 2.30pm
Amman earn first win of the season
AMMAN United claimed their first win of the season after an opening-day draw, and a cup defeat at Haverfordwest last weekend.
However, you would have been hard pushed to imagine a 50-point final-score when, just before half time, the score remained 0-0.
But two injury time scores had then given Amman an unlikely 12-0 interval lead against the Bulldogs.
A bright opening from United saw centre Gavin Lewis, on yet another comeback, show his trickery with a nice run and offload early on. Hooker George Clark had a fine game and was in the thick of everything, as were fellow forwards Iwan Davies, Dan Jones, Rhydian Jones and captain Alun Lewis.
Bynea suffered a very early blow, losing Corey Butler to an untimely injury, and they were later to also see Jamie Thomas limp off before half time.
These injuries meant a large period of added-time, and the Bulldogs’ valiant defence cracked during the injury-time as Joel Foster and Alun Lewis combined to put in flanker Rhydian Jones for the opening try, which Tom Caddell converted.
A frustrating couple of minutes for the visitors was compounded when a quick tap and go penalty from scrum half Foster saw him smuggle over the try line for a second try on the stroke of half time.
The Reds continued in good heart after the restart, and after some good play,Foster and and Dan Jones were involved before Rhydian Jones slipped a fine offload to skipper Alun Lewis who went under the posts for another converted try.
Another “vet” came on, Adrian Thomas off the bench as the home side largely dominated with their pack in the ascendency, Cian Lewis, Jason Knell and Rhys Phillips having put in a good shift throughout.
The Bulldogs then had a purple patch for a while,centre Jack Mal almost finishing off a fine move, before more calamity struck for them as Jake Sam was sadly stretchered off.
Amman capitalised and grabbed a bonus point try when the excellent George Clarke went over for another score to make it 24-0.
But the dogged visitors were always a threat, and carved out an excellent try for their efforts as wing Nathan Baker finished off a well-worked team move, which outside half Finlay Cook converted.
Amman hit back when the back row combined well before Dan Jones went over the whitewash for a try.
A very young Bynea side battled to the end,and some more excellent play was rewarded with a try for Tom Badger, converted by Cook.
However, the home side had the last word and grabbed a very late injury time try as the industrious Rhydian Jones crossed for the final score of the game.
Amman face a tough trip to Tumble on Saturday, October 1, while Bynea are home against New Dock Stars.
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