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Reds open at home to Nomads

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NEWLY promoted Llanelli Town will begin their Welsh Premier League season at home against Connahs Quay Nomads on Sunday, August 12.

Their second game of the season sees them travel to Cefn Druids the following Saturday (Aug 18), before they play their first Friday night game on August 24 when they welcome Barry Town to Stebonheath Park, with that game taking place in front of the S4C cameras.

Fixtures were announced at 1pm with supporters up and down the country casting an eye over who will be playing who, where and when.

The first local derby between Llanelli Town and Carmarthen Town will take place on Boxing Day at Richmond Park with the return fixture taking place on New Years Day at Stebonheath Park.

Llanelli welcome Champions The New Saints to Stebonheath on Friday, September 14, and they will finish the first phase against them at Park Hall.

The Reds will play Aberystwyth in another Friday night game as they travel to Park Avenue on August 31. Aber will make the trip to Llanelli on October 26.

Llanelli were also busy prior to the announcement of the fixtures as they announced a shake-up in their backroom staff.

Popular faces Andrew Mumford and Mark Dickinson have both left the club.

The Club thanked both of them for their tremendous efforts in helping the Reds get back to the Welsh Premier League.

Also leaving the backroom is popular secretary Neil Dymock, Neil has a new role as assistant secretary at Welsh League side Cwmmanan United.

Joining the club will be Andy & Simon Dyer, as first team coach and as assistant manager, respectively.

Both have tremendous experience and a serious track record, making this double capture an absolutely massive coup for the club.

UEFA Pro license coach Andy, a former Crystal Palace apprentice, previously managed Neath, Afan Lido, and Port Talbot Town in the WPL.

Assistant manager Simon Dyer, formerly on the books at Manchester City as a player, as well as playing for the Welsh u21 squad, also arrives with a wealth of experience- the former first team coach at Neath, Also once became the youngest WPL player manager at Port Talbot Town, followed by guiding Afan Lido the league cup.

General manager Wayne Stephens said: “It’s absolutely huge for us as a club to recruit such talent and experience for our return to the WPL, both will add a tremendous amount to Andy Hill’s backroom setup”.

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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.

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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