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Blues come from behind to beat Celtic

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CWMAMMAN United travelled to Celtic Park on Saturday (Mar 30) and came away with a hard earned 2-1 win against a determined Cwmbran Celtic side eager to halt a recent run of defeats.

‘This is always a tough place to come’, said Eirian Rees, Cwmamman Manager, ‘so I’m delighted the boys fought so hard to come from behind and get the win’.

As has happened a few times this season Cwm were a little slow out of the blocks and Cwmbran had early control of the game.

At 7 minutes an unlucky handball by Ben Thomas on the edge of the box saw Cwmbran awarded a free kick. Josh Bull stepped up and curled the ball around the left side of the wall and into the net. 1-0 up Cwmbran continued on the offensive and the next 15 minutes saw them create a couple of half chances.

For Cwm Ross Morgan was now starting to grow in influence and some direct play saw Ashley Curtis steer the ball just past the post while a great Morgan ball saw Ryan Hurlow head the ball over the charging keeper but with not enough power allowing the keeper to recover the ball on its way to goal.

Just before half time Calem Rees won a great tackle and his through ball saw Curtis pull a great save from Cwmbran keeper Watkins.

Cwm came out fired up for the second half and with Gareth Howarth and Declan John controlling the back four Cwmbran’s attack was no longer a threat.

With Ryan Thomas and Colin Harris now playing neat touch football and Morgan’s engine as strong as ever things were starting to happen for Cwm.

In a crazy five-minute spell Cwm saw a number of chances go begging with scrambles in the goalmouth seeing the ball cleared over from two metres out and then the bar rocking from a close shot.

Inevitably something was coming and as Chrissy Allen raced on to a great cross he was brought down in the box. Ryan Thomas stepped up and calmly put away the penalty.

On 74 mins some lovely play by Harris and Thomas saw Harris just shoot wide.

Luke Williams and Kyle Ashford then came on for Cwm keeping up the pressure and on 82 mins the ever increasingly nervous Cwmbran defence panicked and a weak header back to the goalkeeper saw the ball spilt and the predatory Colin Harris pounced to round the keeper and tuck it away.

With the Cwm defence now well on top and Chris Curtis rock solid in goal Cwm saw the game out for a great result.

Cwmamman now move to 6th with games in hand on all the teams above them.

On Saturday (Apr 6) they welcome Afan Lido to Grenig Park, kick off at 2:30pm.

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Cup wins for Ammanford teams

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AMMANFORD reached the next round of the SWCA T20 Knockout Cup by beating Carmarthen Wanderers by 6 wickets with 2 overs to spare.

Wanderers batted first and reached 91 for 9, thanks mainly to Tom Davies (37) and Iestyn Scourfield (23).

For Ammanford, Matthew Fisher picked up 3 for 17 while Owen Davies and Callum Croft bagged a couple each.

Ammanford took just 18 overs to overhaul the Carmarthen total for the loss of four wickets.

Josef Davies top-scored with 35, helped by Rhodri Davies (16) and Matthew Fisher (22no).

Ammanford’s third XI defeated Llanelli seconds by 82 runs in the SWCA Intermediate Cup at the Park on Sunday.

Batting first, Ammanford scored a creditable 144 for 7 from their 20 overs.

Steffan Wyn Williams top-scored with 41, whilst other contributions came from David Lumb (21) Sam Potter (17) and Neville Pritchard (29no).

Llanelli could only manage 62 for 6 in reply, Sam Potter picking up two wickets for 10 runs.

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Ammanford lose again to Newport but seconds win

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AMMANFORD slipped to the bottom of Premier One with a 20 run defeat to Newport in another high-scoring match at the Park.

Ammanford skipper Alun Evans looked to have made the right decision when he invited Newport to bat and promptly took the wicket of opener Morgan Bevans with the score on 1.

That was as far as their luck went, though. The next wicket didn’t fall for another 130 runs as Michael Clayden (58) and Callum Taylor (93) made the most of a friendly batting track.

A further setback for the home team took the shape of Mujahid Ilyas who blasted a rapid 68 which included 6 sixes.

Newport closed on a forbidding 277 for 5.

Forbidding, but not impossible.

Ammanford got off to their best start for several seasons as Alun Evans (73) and Matthew Fisher took the opening stand to 185.

When Fisher fell for a terrific 112, Ammanford still needed 90 runs at ten an over, and despite a quickfire unbeaten 41 from Dan Roberts, couldn’t make up the rate.

When Evans was dismissed for 73, that signalled the end of Ammanford’s challenge and they fell short of their target by 20 runs.

Ammanford have now scored 516 runs in their last two matches without a win.

Next week they face another tough trip as they travel to league leaders St Fagans.

Ammanford second XI

AMMANFORD seconds recorded their first win of the season with a well-earned victory at Gorseinon.

Put in to bat, Ammanford scored 204 for 6. Openers Adam Lyons (44) and Callum Croft (58) gave them a great start while number three Fin Jeffries chipped in with 22.

Gorseinon could only manage 179 in reply, opener Jamie Hill being their top scorer with 48.

Fin Jeffries turned in a good bowling performance with 4 for 38, supported by Iestyn Jones and Jac Davies with a couple each.

The victory enabled Ammanford to leap-frog Gorseinon off the foot of the table.

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Ammanford well beaten by Port Talbot

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AMMANFORD slipped closer to the foot of Premier One with a high-scoring defeat to Port Talbot Town at The New Mansel.

Ammanford were put in to bat on a glorious afternoon and made hay while the sun shone with an opening partnership of 61 between Matthew Fisher and Alun Evans.

When Fisher departed for 40, Daniel Evans took over and his partnership with his skipper took the score to 155 before Roberts was caught on 49.

When Evans fell for an anchoring 86, the Davies brothers, Rhodri (28no) and Rhys (22no) saw out the Ammanford innings, taking their total to a formidable 259 for 4.

Formidable it may have been, but Port Talbot’s batsmen were up to the challenge.

Glamorgan’s Nick Selman led the charge before he was dismissed by Fisher for 47.

The main partnership of 123, however, came between Joseph Voke (84) and Matthew Thompson (74no).

There were still three overs remaining when Port Talbot cruised past the Ammanford total for the loss of 3 wickets.

Things won’t get much easier for Ammanford next week when Newport visit the Park.

Ammanford seconds v Ynystawe

Ammanford seconds continued their miserable sequence of defeats with a 4 wicket loss to Ynystawe at the Park.

A promising start from Eirian Morgan (13) and David Lumb (17) preceded a middle order collapse which was rescued by a terrific individual performance from captain Jamie Evans, whose 76 helped Ammanford reach 167 all out.

Ynystawe’s middle order by contrast kept the scoreboard ticking over, an undefeated partnership between Rowan Evans (31no) and Arun Maurya (26no) taking them past Ammanford’s total with four wickets and 16 overs to spare.

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