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Crosses lead to losses for Carmarthen Town

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Paul Fowler : A powerful free kick through the Connah’s Quay wall.

Paul Fowler : A powerful free kick through the Connah’s Quay wall.

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AFTER several weeks of disappointing results, Town had looked to have rediscovered their impressive early season form in a blistering first 35 minutes in which they scored twice. However sloppy defending from crosses into the box allowed the visitors to score 3 soft goals and gain a lead which, despite Town’s best efforts, would never be relinquished. Town’s first came after good work from midfield duo Ceri Morgan and Lewis Harling freed Kyle Bassett who was brought down by a hefty challenge just outside the penalty area.

Paul Fowler stepped forward and drove a powerful free-kick through the wall and into the corner leaving keeper Terry McKormick well beaten. The All Gold’s second came on 23 minutes when Sacha Walters was presented with a tap-in after Luke Cumming’s smart run and cross was fumbled into his path by McKormick. The pattern of play continued with Town playing some majestic football, but in the 36th minute this dominance was abruptly ended when Connah’s Quay grabbed what had seemed an unlikely goal. Ryan Fraughan’s long free-kick into the box wasn’t dealt with despite defenders having several chances to clear and the ball fell to Russell Courtney, who struck the ball past Idzi from 12 yards.

The second half brought a much more even encounter, with the visitors growing in stature and matching Town’s early endeavour. The turning point came when Carmarthen’s inability to clear balls into the box was capitalised upon twice in quick succession. A fairly uneventful early period was dramatically concluded on 54 minutes when Kevin McIntyre sent a searching free-kick into the penalty area eventually reaching Steve Evans who headed the ball across to Courtney who volleyed home from close range for his and his sides second. Town’s circumstances worsened significantly in the 68th minute.

Fraughan lifted another dangerous free-kick deep into the penalty area to find Alan Bull, who rose to head the ball towards the goal and whilst Craig Hanford reacted swiftly to intervene and attempt to avert the danger, the presence of Akai Ukuno was enough to make him slice the ball into his own net. Although the endeavour from Town’s players was clear to see, they couldn’t find a way back into the match. Manager Mark Aizlewood pushed centre back Cortez Belle forward to add some height and strength to the attack and on 84 minutes it almost paid off.

A dangerous Cumming’s cross from the right found Belle who rose above a host of defenders only to see his close-range header safely gathered by McCormick. Although Town lost the game, they will take encouragement from their sparkling first 30 minutes and will hope to carry that through to Sunday’s quarter final clash with Rhyl. Team: Lee Idzi; Luke Cummings; Cortez Belle; Craig Hanford; Jordan Knott; Kyle Bassett (sub Sacha Walters 12); Paul Fowler; Ceri Morgan; Lewis Harling; Luke Prosser (sub Jeff White 61); Chris Hartland (sub Danny Thomas 77); Unused subs: Jordan Wells; Chris Ham; Glen Fearn; Jack Hewitt-Fisher .

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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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Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay to visit Carmarthenshire

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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 newsroom.carmarthenshire.gov.wales

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