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Reds earn first home win

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THIS may not have been a classic by any means, but the Reds will not mind that in the slightest as they at last recorded their first home win of the season on Saturday (Nov 17), as well as completing a double over their opponents following a 2-3 win at The Rock last August.

Fielding a virtually full-strength side with players returning from suspension, they demonstrated a far more positive attitude than of late, following two heavy defeats on the road at Connah`s Quay Nomads and Newtown.

Defensively they looked sound, although a strangely lethargic Druids outfit did not pose too many problems, and seldom tested Oliver Davies in the home goal.

James Loveridge and Chris Jones in either half ensured the points, a result which lifts them off the bottom rung of the table for the first time in many weeks, being replaced by Llandudno, who went down 1-2 to Carmarthen Town.

Early efforts by Chris Thomas and Kurtis March were unsuccessful, and when a careless pass allowed James Davies to gain possession and set off on a run on the home goal, he was halted by a good tackle from Daniel Alfei.

The Reds` defender was then guilty of delivering a terrible ball across the face of the area which again set up Davies, but fortunately the covering defence quickly snuffed out the threat.

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Both sides were being careless in their distribution, allowing their opponents to launch counter attacks, but the nearest either came to a sniff of a chance arose when Thomas found Loveridge on the edge of the box, and his first time volley was kept out  by goalkeeper Michael Jones at the near post.

Alfei did well to clear from Arkadiusz Piskorski when he was found in the area, while efforts from Dean Rittenberg and Ryan Kershaw were dealt with comfortably by Davies.

The Druids` management team of Huw Griffiths and Jayson Starkey had been verbal throughout, and referee Dean John finally lost patience, ordering the latter out of the dugout to the stand.

With the half entering stoppage time, the Reds at last achieved a breakthrough, when Loveridge accepted a ball in space before deftly lofting it over the oncoming figure of Jones into a vacant net.

On the basis of play, the hosts deserved to be in the lead, and might well have added to it early after the restart when a move involving Jordan Follows and Jones looked to have the potential of releasing Loveridge on a clear run at goal, but he mistimed it, and an offside flag brought it to an end.

The visitors retaliated through Kershaw when he was set up by Iwan Cartwright, and his final effort flashed fractionally off target.

But it was the hosts who struck again on 72 minutes with Loveridge holding off the attentions of Nathan Peate and make a run to the near post, before delivering a pass to the far upright where Jones had made ground before finishing off and slotting it beyond the goalkeeper.

Buoyed by this cushion, the Reds were now firmly in control, with their opponents offering little in the way of attacking options, and the final result was a testament to the team spirit within the squad, with the bad experiences of the past few weeks already evaporating.

The only drawback is that without a game next weekend the impetus cannot be maintained, and they will have to kick their heels until Saturday, December 1, when Caernarfon Town will be the visitors, and hopefully a further three points could be in the offing.

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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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