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Cwm do the double over Bluebirds

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CWMAMMAN United once again showed their qualities as they did the double over Haverfordwest County on Saturday (Mar 9), beating them 3-2 at Grenig Park.

The Blues beat the Bluebirds by the same scoreline in November at the Bridge Meadow but with both sides looking to consolidate their places near the top of the table this was always going to be a fascinating battle.

It started slowly with both sides probing and after ten minutes Cwm had the only half chance with a great through ball to Ryan Hurlow who saw his shot saved.

The game then saw a key moment when the Bluebirds’ No 9 Ben Fawcett was sent off for a reckless two footed tackle on Colin Harris.

Initially this did not seem to affect Haverfordwest who kept to their calm structured build ups and their 10 men were having the better of the game.

They were then rewarded when a long through ball evaded the Cwm defence and Wilson rounded the keeper for 1-0.

Cwm were stirring though and Ashley Johns, Declan John and Calem Rees were now finding space from the back with Ross Morgan, Harris and Ryan Thomas increasingly dominant in midfield but Cwm could just not find the killer pass.

Chris Curtis in goal who was continually marshalling his defence was called upon to produce some important blocks as Haverfordwest resorted to the counter attack.

It was Cwm however who got the break just before half time when Nathan Mcneill powered a magnificent header home for 1-1.

From the very start of the second half Cwm could smell blood and they then entered a dominant 25 minute period where they created a number of chances and scored twice.

With Chrissy Allen now linking well with wingers Ashley Curtis and Hurlow the pressure had to tell.

First Hurlow chased a ball to the byline and despite a heavy tackle managed to regain his feet and twist and squeeze the ball in past the despairing keeper.

The third goal came after two great efforts from Ryan Thomas with Hurlow again on the scene for the second one to tap the rebound home.

The final twenty minutes saw a change in the dynamic as the Bluebirds chased the game and Cwm sat back on their lead.

The injured Mcneill was replaced by Ben Thomas and Cwm then brought on club captain Gareth Howarth returning from injury and Brieg Matthews.

The inevitable happened and with five minutes remaining Haverfordwest were awarded a penalty which they emphatically put away to make it 2-3.

That set up a nervous last few minutes for both the Cwm players and the crowd but they saw it through for what was an excellent victory.

It doesn’t get any easier for Cwm as they travel to Bridgend to play unbeaten top of the table Penybont on Saturday (Mar 16) at 2:30pm.

On the same day Haverfordwest will look to bounce back as they host second from bottom Taffs Well.

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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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