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Vaughan earns win for Bronwydd

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BRONWYDD’s Matthew Vaughan took five wickets to help his side to a 38-run victory over Maesteg Celtic on Saturday (May 25).

Bronwydd batted first after winning the toss but they were bowled out for 160. Vaughan was in fine form though and his five wickets helped Bronwydd bowl Celtic out for 122.

The visitors lost opener Stephen Phillips early on as he was out to the bowling of Morgan Griffiths.

James Dickson and Phillip Howell then shared 48 runs for the second wicket. Dickson scored 15 but he was then caught by Griffiths off the bowling of Luke Wilson.

Howell hit four fours and a six as he scored 41 but he was then caught off the bowling of Rhodri Thomas. Thomas then removed Iwan Davies as Bronwydd slipped to 73-4.

Oliver Furneaux was caught and bowled by Phil Poole on a score of 18 and Dafydd Morgan was caught by Jordan Richards, giving Thomas his third wicket.

That left the visitors on 86-6 but Jacob Jenkinson and Callum Collins-Davies set about giving their bowlers a score to defend.

They shared 39 runs before Collins-Davies was bowled by Matthew Davies on a score of 13.

Carwyn Jones added 10 before he fell to the bowling of Wilson and the run outs of Tom Gleeson and Matthew Vaughan brought the innings to a close.

It left Jenkinson not out on a score of 40 that included just two fours.

Vaughan then struck early on as Celtic began their reply when he had Matthew Davies caught by Oliver Furneaux. Soon after Gareth Hopkins was bowled by Tom Gleeson for a duck.

Nick and Phil Poole then shared 36 runs for the third wicket but Dafydd Morgan removed Phil on a score of 14 as he was caught by Gleeson.

Nick Poole and John Evans then shared 64 runs for the fourth wicket partnership and it looked as if they would go on to take the win.

However, Evans, who had made 32, was then caught by Furneaux off the bowling of Phillip Howell and their innings quickly began to fall apart.

104-4 became 104-5 as Nick Poole was bowled by Vaughan on a score of 43 (five fours). That soon became 107-7 as Vaughan also bowled Morgan Griffiths and Lindsay Harris in quick succession.

Vaughan wasn’t done their as he made it 107-8 when he had Jordan Richards caught by Furneaux.

He was then involved again as this time he took the catch to dismiss Rhodri Thomas and give Gleeson his second wicket.

Gleeson then brought the innings to a close as he bowled Adam Lawler as Celtic’s final seven wickets fell for just 18 runs.

It gives Bronwydd an 18-point win and sees them close the gap to Celtic to a point.

On Saturday (Jun 1), Bronwydd are at home as they host Dafen.

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Amman earn first win of the season

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AMMAN United claimed their first win of the season after an opening-day draw, and a cup defeat at Haverfordwest last weekend.

However, you would have been hard pushed to imagine a 50-point final-score when, just before half time, the score remained 0-0.

But two injury time scores had then given Amman an unlikely 12-0 interval lead against the Bulldogs.

A bright opening from United saw centre Gavin Lewis, on yet another comeback, show his trickery with a nice run and offload early on. Hooker George Clark had a fine game and was in the thick of everything, as were fellow forwards Iwan Davies, Dan Jones, Rhydian Jones and captain Alun Lewis.

Bynea suffered a very early blow, losing Corey Butler to an untimely injury, and they were later to also see Jamie Thomas limp off before half time.

These injuries meant a large period of added-time, and the Bulldogs’ valiant defence cracked during the injury-time as Joel Foster and Alun Lewis combined to put in flanker Rhydian Jones for the opening try, which Tom Caddell converted.

A frustrating couple of minutes for the visitors was compounded when a quick tap and go penalty from scrum half Foster saw him smuggle over the try line for a second try on the stroke of half time.

The Reds continued in good heart after the restart, and after some good play,Foster and and Dan Jones were involved before Rhydian Jones slipped a fine offload to skipper Alun Lewis who went under the posts for another converted try.

Another “vet” came on, Adrian Thomas off the bench as the home side largely dominated with their pack in the ascendency, Cian Lewis, Jason Knell and Rhys Phillips having put in a good shift throughout.

The Bulldogs then had a purple patch for a while,centre Jack Mal almost finishing off a fine move, before more calamity struck for them as Jake Sam was sadly stretchered off.

Amman capitalised and grabbed a bonus point try when the excellent George Clarke went over for another score to make it 24-0.

But the dogged visitors were always a threat, and carved out an excellent try for their efforts as wing Nathan Baker finished off a well-worked team move, which outside half Finlay Cook converted.

Amman hit back when the back row combined well before Dan Jones went over the whitewash for a try.

A very young Bynea side battled to the end,and some more excellent play was rewarded with a try for Tom Badger, converted by Cook.

However, the home side had the last word and grabbed a very late injury time try as the industrious Rhydian Jones crossed for the final score of the game.

Amman face a tough trip to Tumble on Saturday, October 1, while Bynea are home against New Dock Stars.

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Ammanford upset Penybont to reach MG Cup quarter finals

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Report by Ian Parfitt

AMMANFORD produced arguably the shock of the third round in the MG Nathaniel Cup with a 2-1 victory at Penybont, who currently sit third in the Cymru Premier League, on Tuesday night (Sept 20).

Penybont started the game well and looked dangerous with ex Ammanford player Kai Whitmore calling the shots.

Ammanford however were also playing some neat football themselves and this was quickly becoming a competitive contest.

Ammanford took the lead in the 28th minute when Brett Enoch took advantage of a moment of calamity in the Penybont defence to fire home.

As expected Penybont increased the pressure on the Ammanford goal in search of an equaliser but Ammanford held firm to go into the interval ahead.

Kyle Marsh in particular having a fine game in the Ammanford goal. Ammanford fans would have been expecting a long 45 minutes after the break but it only took a minute for Penybont to find the equaliser, Mael Davies scoring with a firm header.

Penybont were hungry for more goals and looked especially dangerous from the flanks. The Ammanford defence, who were superb throughout held firm under a barrage of high balls into the box.

Ammanford were also keen to get a second and looked dangerous on the counter attack, both Jordan Langley and Callum Silcox going agonisingly close to restoring the visitors’ lead.

The Ammanford defence continued to form a formidable wall at the back which Penybont were unable to breach.

This fantastic rearguard action was rewarded in the 81st minute when Callum Thomas scored what turned out to be the winner for Ammanford, running through on goal and producing a composed finish to slot the ball past Penybont keeper Alex Pennock.

Ammanford players continued to put their bodies on the line to preserve the lead, epitomised by Tom Pratt who took one on the head in the six yard box.

Lee Trundle spurned a glorious chance to make the game safe for Ammanford with a couple of minutes remaining but it mattered not as the final whistle produced jubilant scenes in the away camp.

Ammanford progress to the Fourth round on what was a glorious night for the club.

Photos by Lawrence Molloy
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Strong Ammanford performance seals Cup win over Whitland

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AMMANFORD got their Division 1 Cup campaign off to an excellent start on Saturday (Sept 17) as they beat Whitland 42-13.

Ammanford built up a 17-3 lead and increased that further to 8-29 before pulling away in the closing stages.

Geraint Jones scored a penalty for Whitland and unconverted tries from Gino Setaro and Lewis Gibby followed.

Captain Alex Davies was named as Ammanford’s man of the match as he lead his side to a bonus point win.

The scrum half was among the try scorers as were Morgan Plimmer, Rhodri Jones, Liam Smith, Carwyn Richards, Mathew Lemon and Tiaan Evans.

Ryan Williams added four conversions and one penalty for the visitors.

The next round of Cup fixtures is scheduled for October 15. Ammanford host Newcastle Emlyn while Whitland travel to Tondu.

Ammanford return to action in League 1 West Central on Saturday, September 24 as they host Birchgrove.

Whitland are also back in league action in League 1 West as they visit Pembroke.

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