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Reds back on top



HAVING already recorded a 4-1 win over the visitors at their Old Road ground last August, the Reds repeated that result when the sides met in the return game on Friday (Dec 15).

In so doing they now head the division one table by two points and a superior goal difference from Haverfordwest County whose scheduled fixture at Cwmbran Celtic was called off due to an unplayable pitch.

Despite the apparent convincing scoreline, the home side did not have matters entirely their own way, and with better finishing their opponents could well have taken the lead on a number of occasions, taking advantage of some sloppy play by the hosts who coughed up possession far too easily, causing problems for themselves.

The Reds welcomed back both James Loveridge and Anthony Finselbach on the bench after their absences, and were quickly out of the blocks with Chris Jones sending Lee Trundle clear, and when his run took him into the box, it took a timely interception by Sam Baker to prevent the pass from finding Jordan Follows in a promising position.

Scott Coughlan was then called into action at the other end, pushing around a well- directed shot from Kieran Williams, and when the visitors again threatened up the right through Steve Davey, his ball infield found Scott Kenyon, but he blazed his finish high over the top.

Ashley Elsey in the Ferry goal did well to divert the ball away from Trundle from close range when Joe Clarke set up the chance, before Coughlan was again forced to make a crucial save when David Brown was picked out in the box.

The visitors were proving to pose a regular threat, and when another attack culminated in Kenyon dragging his finish wide from a good position when played in by Brown, their opponents could consider themselves fortunate to be still on level terms at this stage of the contest.

Goal: The Reds celebrate another of their goals. Photo by Darren Harries

However, as so often happens, against the run of play the hosts took the lead on 35 minutes when Clarke met a ball played in to him before unleashing a powerful strike which deflected off Ferry defender, Ian Hillier, and the underside of the bar, giving Elsey no chance of keeping it out.

Moments later, Clarke almost brought off a spectacular finish from inside his own half when he spotted Elsey out of his goal, and his first time attempt sailed fractionally wide with the keeper desperately scrambling back.

A superb Trundle assist sent Follows clear and he made inroads into the area before attempting to pick out Jones at the far post, but he in turn could only send his shot against the upright, and it was eventually put over for a corner.

Three minutes from the break, the Reds doubled the lead when a pin-point cross into the goalmouth by Antonio Facciuto found the head of Trundle, who could hardly fail to miss from point blank range.

Despite these setbacks, the Ferry continued to probe with Coughlan again being forced to keep out a Baker effort following a surging run.

An early second half chance fell to Jordan Davies when Trundle afforded him the opportunity, but a good defensive block came to the rescue.

As the half progressed, the Reds at last appeared to have more control of proceedings, and Jones went close to increasing the lead when his shot was deflected on to the upright by Elsey, and when he met the rebound, his second attempt also cannoned off the far post.

Follows suffered the same fate, his effort from distance beating the Ferry keeper but again rebounding into play off the woodwork.

He was instrumental, however, when he set up the third Reds` goal in the 62nd minute, seizing on a poor kick out by Elsey before squaring a pass to the far post where Trundle had the simple task of a tap-in.

Three minutes later, a Trundle free kick to the back post found the head of Lee Bevan who powered his finish into the net for the fourth  home success.

Follows and Jones were then replaced by Kyle Graves and Loveridge, before the visitors finally got on the scoresheet with the award of a penalty on 70 minutes for a push in the area, and Davey stepped up to slot the kick past Coughlan.

Before the close, Trundle fired over the goal when Loveridge set up the chance, but the Reds ran out the winners despite yet again not being at their best.

The Reds journey to the Rhonda on Saturday (Dec 23) for their game against Cwmbran & Clydach Vale, with kick-off at 2pm.

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Cwmamman United Juniors host end of season event



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



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.

Thirds beat Pontardawe by a single run

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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Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay to visit Carmarthenshire



JOIN in the excitement as Carmarthenshire welcomes the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay on Friday, July 1.

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held from July 28 until August 8 and the Queen’s Baton Relay is currently travelling across the Commonwealth in an epic journey to all 72 nations and territories.

The journey brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build up to the Games.

The Queen’s Baton will arrive in Anglesey on June 29 as part of its five-day tour across Wales and will travel down the country and across South Wales providing the opportunity for communities to experience the excitement for Birmingham 2022, as the 11 days of showstopping sport nears ever closer.

A busy schedule of activities and events are planned and hundreds of Batonbearers, each with inspiring backgrounds and stories, will have the honour of carrying the Baton during the journey through Wales.

More than 150 schoolchildren will be at Pembrey Country Park on the afternoon of July 1 to welcome the Baton to Carmarthenshire along with Council Chairman Cllr Rob Evans, before being transported via toboggan, skis, bike and beach wheelchair to Cefn Sidan beach and into the safe hands of the RLNI who will take the Baton by boat to Burry Port Harbour.

The Baton will arrive at Burry Port Harbour at around 3.20pm to be handed to the Silver and Gold Sports Young Ambassadors from Carmarthenshire’s secondary schools who will take it in turns to run and cycle just over three miles along the Millennium Coastal Path arriving in North Dock in Llanelli at 4.15pm.

Here the Baton will be welcomed by Council Leader Cllr Darren Price along with a number of inspiring Carmarthenshire athletes who will be representing Wales at the Commonwealth Games.

Residents are being encouraged to get involved with the celebrations and embrace the arrival of the Baton, with a range of activities taking place at North Dock, organised by the council’s Actif sports and leisure team.

The fun will go on throughout the afternoon until 7pm with various activities to promote health and wellbeing including a junior aquathon, stand-up paddleboarding, aquafit classes, spin classes and beach-lifesaving sessions. 

Council Leader Cllr Darren Price said: “We look forward to welcoming the Queen’s Baton Relay to Carmarthenshire and I am sure local communities will join in the celebrations as the Baton travels from Pembrey Country Park to Llanelli’s North Dock.

“It is guaranteed to be an exciting day, especially with the Baton travelling to Burry Port Harbour by boat and then on to North Dock where there will a host of sporting activities to take part in.

“I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in organising such a momentous day for Carmarthenshire and its residents, again showcasing our beautiful county and what it has to offer to the world.”

Further information, including the timetable for the Queen’s Baton Relay in Carmarthenshire, can be found on the council website

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