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Match Report – Newtown v Carmarthen Town (14 December 2019) Newtown (1) Carmarthen Town (0)

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Yet another disappointing afternoon for Carmarthen supporters to endure – this time against
mid-table Newtown who took an early lead in a first-half that they largely dominated. And
while the Old Gold performed significantly better after the interval, they were simply unable
to pierce the resilient, well-drilled home defence.

As the opening stages of the match unfolded the Robins progressively controlled the play,
monopolising possession and launching a series of attacks that kept the visitors largely
pinned back inside their own half. Yet for a brief initial spell Town’s back-line, well-
marshalled by Lee Surman and Dave Vincent, coped well under that pressure while just
ahead of them further valuable defensive support was provided by the midfield unit, in
particular the combative Greg Walters. As a result goalkeeper Lee Idzi was never seriously
tested.

However in the 11 th minute Newtown went ahead, but only with considerable unwitting
assistance from Vincent. Joe Kenton, who had already featured in several early attacks, cut
in from the left flank and drove the ball low into the goalmouth where Town’s accomplished
central defender, in attempting to clear the danger, had the misfortune to slice the ball into his
own net.

The Robins, spurred by that decidedly dubious ‘success’, continued to enjoy the greater share
of possession but they were unable to penetrate the Carmarthen defence in any meaningful
way and certainly Idzi was never seriously tested – his involvement was confined principally
to dealing with crosses into the goalmouth which he accomplished with his customary safe
and secure handling.

Yet in the 37 th minute it was his instant reaction to an impending scoring opportunity that
prevented Newtown from extending their lead. Lifumpa Mwandwe sprinted forward to the
edge of the penalty area and slid the ball across to George Harry, in open space, but Idzi
raced out of his goal and bravely dived down at the striker’s feet to clear the ball safely away.
Meanwhile Town’s opportunities as an attacking force were practically non-existent despite
the enthusiastic efforts of experienced strikers Liam Thomas and Luke Bowen – on a few
occasions there were bursts of activity on the outskirts of the Robins penalty area but nothing
ensued to cause goalkeeper David Jones any anxiety.

After the interval, whatever Manager Kristian O’Leary had said to his players during the
break it certainly made a difference – Carmarthen soon began to look far more purposeful as,
thankfully, they at last began putting the Robins’ defence under notable pressure.

And their first significant scoring opportunity arose on 61 minutes. A long pass was played
forward along the right touchline which Thomas pursued – he then fired an inviting cross into
the goalmouth only for Declan Carroll to send a weak close-range shot wide of the goal.

Moments later Carroll fired a corner-kick into the packed goal area where Vincent, rising
high above defenders, directed his firm header narrowly outside the post.

While Newtown were still enjoying a fair amount of possession, they were unable to make
the same penetrative forward progress that they had managed in the first-half mainly due to
the need to combat the much greater pressure that their defence was now under from the
resurgent Old Gold.

And in the 75 th minute that threat was evident when Bowen, from near the centre-circle,
produced a superb long pass that Thomas, outpacing defenders, eagerly pursued into the
penalty area only for Jones to come swiftly out of his goal to claim the ball.
Then after 85 minutes Bowen again set up a good scoring chance when he sent a left-wing
cross into the penalty area only for Jay Woodford, from just 10 yards, to fire the ball straight
at Jones.

Carmarthen’s last chance to snatch a vital equaliser arose in the 89 th minute when Chris Jones,
from near the left touchline, fired a dangerous cross into the crowded penalty area where
Thomas struck a rasping 15 yard drive that the Robins’ experienced ‘keeper was well placed
to claim.

So, the Old Gold remain firmly rooted at the bottom of the Cymru Premier League with just
five matches to play before the end of the first-phase programme – the need for points is
becoming increasingly urgent if a repeat of the anxieties suffered last season in the escape
from relegation is to be avoided.

Town’s next fixture is at Richmond Park on Saturday December 22 nd (k/o 2.30pm) against
Caernarfon Town who currently lie in fourth place in the League table.

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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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