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Old Gold too good for Blues

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ON an extremely wet and windy Saturday afternoon (Aug 10) at Richmond Park, Cwmamman took on an experienced JD Cymru Premier Carmarthen team and eventually went down 4-1.

It was a harsh scoreline for the Blues who competed well throughout the game against their premier league opponents. Carmarthen Town now progress into Round Three of the Nathaniel MG Cup.

Despite the conditions it was a lively and positive encounter, both the teams having plenty of chances to attack and score.

A good crowd with a large travelling contingent from Cwmamman saw an exciting end to end match which was a great advertisement for the coming season for both teams with Blues Manager Ryan Stephens and Old Gold Manager Neil Smothers using all their substitutes.

It was Cwmamman with the initial early pressure having the first corner following a strong run by experienced forward Ashley Curtis but on the 13th minute Carmarthen then scored from a fluent counter attack with a smart strike from Chris Jones, 1-0.

Soon after Ryan Thomas and Nathan Davies came close for the Blues and then on 35 minutes Cwm’ got the deserved equalizer with a superb close finish by Chrissy Allen following a fine Luke Williams cross, 1-1 and game on.

Photo by Darren Harries

The first half finished with some strong defending from Blues Captain Gareth Howarth and defenders Nathan Davies, Calem Rees, Rob Jones and goalkeeper James Kirkwood keeping Cwmin the game under some severe pressure.

The second half saw Carmarthen start strongly and on the 50th Minute Luke Bowen put Carmarthen Town 2-1 up with a simple tap in at the Blues far post from a well worked move.

Cwmamman battled back through midfielders Ross Morgan and Sam Harrison with Luke Williams forcing a good save from Golds keeper Lee Idzi while Ashley Curtis had some great runs up the right wing forcing a number of Blues corners.

On the 66th Minute Curtis picked up a nasty knee injury causing a delay and impacting the Blues rhythm. He was replaced by Ryan Hurlow.

Six minutes later Old Gold striker Luke Bowen effectively sealed the match with his second and Carmarthen’s third goal from close in.

Towards the end, both Ryan Thomas for the Blues and Greg Waters for the Golds came close to scoring but in the final moments of the match impressive substitute Josh Bull made the score 4-1 to Carmarthen.

Brothers: Liam and Ryan Thomas

At the end of the match it was great to see brothers and players Liam Thomas (Carmarthen Town) and Ryan Thomas (Cwmamman), shake hands and walk off together.

Overall an entertaining cup tie but a tough score-line for Cwmamman in a game that was full of pace with little respite and showing lots of skill and energy from both teams.

Following the match Blues Manager Ryan Stephens said: “It’s always a tough challenge coming to Richmond Park in the cup but I think we had some good moments. We were 1-1 at half time and I do feel this match will push us on for the start of the league next week. I wish Carmarthen Town well in the next round and a good season in the JD Cymru Premier league”.

The Blues now start their JD Cymru South league campaign on Saturday (Aug 17) away to STM Sports of Cardiff, kick off 2.30pm.

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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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