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.
Cefneithin hold off Cwmgors for second win
Cwmgors 22-31 Cefneithin
LOOKING for their first WRU Bowl victory since the restart, Cwmgors welcomed Cefneithin to Parc y Werin, the hosts kicking off playing towards Ysgol y Waun.
The visitors notched the opening score with an early converted try, before Andrew Mason sent a penalty over after 12 minutes for the home side.
The Cherries scored an excellent try on 20 minutes, a fine break from the impressive “Owz” resulting in a well-worked try; the resulting conversion unluckily came off the post, but ‘Gors led 8-7.
Some great work by the forwards brought due reward as Cwm grabbed a second touch down which Mason converted; but before the interval, Cefneithin hit back with a try of their own, to leave them trailing by just a point at the break.
Cefn then took the lead early in the second half with a penalty, and missed another minutes later, before breaching the Cwmgors defence to record a third try of the afternoon on 50 minutes.
Minutes later, the ever-industrious “Owz” popped up again, another clinical break and good support which saw Ioan Jones crash over the whitewash for the try; Andrew Mason’s conversion meant Cwm were just two points adrift.
But, ten minutes from the end, home hopes soon evaporated by a late try from the visitors which gave the Cherries too much to do and they ultimately went down to a valiant defeat.
Cwmgors travel to Tumble this Saturday (Sept 25) while Cefneithin host Amman United.
Amman United too good for Betws
AMMAN United earned their fourth win of the campaign on Saturday as they beat Betws 43-13.
After a short delay following the late arrival of the referee, it was Betws who opened the scoring when outside half Aled Rees Jones slotted an early penalty.
But the home side were soon on the attack; backrow man Alun Lewis’ jinking run opened the defence and his perfect pass put in supporting scrum- half Alex Williams to grab the try.
Following Dan Jones’ excellent run, Betws were penalised, and outside half Tom Caddell made no mistake with the resulting kick. A well struck penalty from the boot of Betws placekicker Jones made it 8-6 after 17 minutes.
Newly-married Iwan Davies showed no sign of flagging and was in the thick of things as his superb run typified his all-round effort, along with impressive centre Hacuna Bezzara.
Craig Ratliffe’s break then created space, and Rhodri Lewis’ pass put in Dan Jones for try number two, Caddell’s conversion making it 15-6.
Amman’s purple-patch continued as wing Eurig Morgan crossed for a fine corner try, but Betws showed their sheer grit, despite being down a man by now, peppering the Amman try-line before Rory McGhee forced his way over for a deserved try which Aled Rees Jones converted on the stroke of half time.
A gallant Betws defence was breached early in the second half as Iwan Davies’ pass put in centre Bezzara for a Caddell-converted try.
A superb individual try from Alex Williams which saw him sidestep in for another Amman try began taking the match out of the visitors’ grasp on the hour mark.
Eurig Morgan’s ‘try’ was then ruled out for a forward-pass, just before Alex Williams incurred the referee’s wrath, yellow-carded for a dangerous tackle.
Betws almost took advantage of the 14 men as scrum half Ryan Tancock, who had a solid game, made a searing midfield break which sadly earned no end reward.
Betws’ tiring defensive legs conceded a further score as Alun Lewis provided a try on a plate for replacement Liam Poole to gallop over with minutes remaining.
Caddell’s conversion completed the scoring on an entertaining encounter.
Amman make the trip to Cefneithin on Saturday (Sept 25), while Betws are next in action on October 2.
Ynys prove one hill too far
Cwmamman Utd Reserves 2-4 Ynysygerwn
AFTER two 5-1 wins Cwmamman Reserves, playing their second game in 3 days, put up a brave fight against an Ynysygerwn team with lots of first team experience while also having to play 70 mins of the match with ten men.
The last thing they needed on tired legs was the dismissal of Brieg Matthews after 18 mins for an off the ball incident and it had been a tight match to that point.
But then on 23mins a through ball to Rhys Brewer saw him open the scoring for Ynys.
The 10 men of Cwm fought hard and Ashley Twigg was causing problems on the flank while Olly Dymond was brought down for a strong penalty shout but the referee waved play on.
Grant Rees and Stuart Dunn were strong at the centre of defence. Then just on half time a failure to clear at a corner saw Josh Davies slot it home for the equaliser for CWM.
The second half saw Ynysygerwn increase their possession as Cwm tired and in the 50th minute Tom Phillips flicked in a corner which was quickly followed by a goal in the 53rd minute when a ball over the top saw Charlie Farrell make it 3-1 for Ynys.
Again Cwm came back with Rhys Williams and Rhydian Jones making strong runs and Cam Isaac who had been a safe pair of hands for Cwm in goals but playing out for the last 15 mins score a great individual goal for 3-2.
Cwm pressed and had another strong penalty appeal before themselves conceding a penalty in the last minute which was converted by Nathan Davies to seal a hard fought 4-2 win for Ynysygerwn.
Cwm will enjoy the week’s rest before entertaining Briton Ferry next Saturday (Sept 25).
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