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Amman United edge derby with Cwmgors

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AMMAN United edged this full-blooded WRU Bowl local-derby in a highly-entertaining clash at a sunny Cwmamman Park.

The match was preceded by a perfectly-observed minute’s silence in memory of Cwmllynfell player Alex Evans, who so sadly died during a game recently, and all the gate receipts for this match were donated towards his family.

The visitors made the better start, and took a deserved lead when some excellent forward work was finished off by former youth product, hooker Jack Lodwig who crossed for the opening try.

The Cherries continued to press, centre Johnny Hescott’s superb run halted, but it brought Cwm a penalty, which full back Andrew Mason sent over for a 10-0 lead early on.

By the half hour, the Reds had finally begun to put some attacking moves in play, Jason Richards, Rhodri Lewis, Eurig Morgan and Ceri Jones with some good yardage won; their persistence was rewarded and from a close-in maul, veteran lock Steven Harris crashed over, Caddell’s conversion reducing the deficit. However, Mason’s penalty then gave the Cherries a 13-7 advantage.

There then followed a flurry of offences and resulting yellow cards; Cwmgors got two within minutes as Ioan Davies and Liam Griffiths hit the sin bin, and Amman needed no second invitation, taking full advantage before halftime as outstanding flanker George Clarke went over for the try following a quick tap penalty. Caddell’s conversion came back off a post.

Scrum half Alex Williams’ try was ruled out, but from the very next move, Amman scored again when backrow man Tom Thorneycroft burrowed over for a converted try, making it 19-13 at the break.

Another flurry of yellow cards disrupted the start of the second half as the card total reached six in all, two to Amman and four to ‘Gors.

Despite their reduced number, Cwmgors were unlucky to have a score ruled out for a double-movement, but they persevered, and minutes later Andrew Mason went over after some good interpassing.

The Cherries were now in the ascendency, and from an up and under and hard ground meant the bounce of the ball went the visitors’ way, allowing wing Steff Philllip to gobble it up and race over and send the travelling fans wild as Cwm took a 25-19 lead following Mason’s conversion.

But a ding-dong affair saw the pendulum swing again as Amman got the roll on before scrum half Alex Williams sniped over for another Caddell-converted try.

Mason crucially then missed a penalty for the visitors, and the Reds ran it back upfield, and were awarded a penalty themselves, vitally twice-advanced for backchat, into kicking range, and Tom Caddell made them pay.

Alex Williams went over for his second try with five minutes left, but the Cherries had the final word, sweeping the ball wide as Ioan Davies took the try scoring pass wide out. But time ran out for the visitors and the home side welcomed the final whistle.

The next fixtures are on Saturday, September 18, when Cwmgors entertain Cefneithin at Parc y Werin, whilst Amman entertain Betws.

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FC Carmarthen earn a point against Felinfoel

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TWO late goals for FC Carmarthen earned them a point against Felinfoel on Saturday (Dec 4) as their game finished 2-2.

Felinfoel are yet to lose a game this season and it looked like they were on course for another win but goals in the 74th and 85th minutes of the game earned a point for the visitors.

Chris James had put the Division 1 leaders ahead in the first half as he scored from the penalty spot.

He then doubled Felinfoel’s lead on 58 minutes and they looked set to go on and earn their thirteenth win of the season.

FC Carmarthen had other ideas though and they pulled a goal back through Osian Thomas.

Thomas then completed the comeback five minutes from the end.

Both sides looked for a winner but were forced to settle for a point apiece.

On Saturday, December 11, Felinfoel are at home to Camford Sports while FC Carmarthen travel to Kidwelly Town.

PHOTO by Darren Harries

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Amman United earn first win

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AMMAN United claimed their first Division 3 West victory of the season with a hard-fought success on a bitingly cold afternoon at Penygroes.

Very little of note happened during the opening quarter as errors and knock-ons spoiled the flow.

Then, the visitors drew first blood on 20 minutes when, out of the blue, a well-worked move from a midfield break saw centre Steff Davies cut in to score under the posts, outside half Tom Caddell converting.

Amman had a strong wind at their backs in the first half, and with lock Jason Knell making some good yardage, they shaded the territory.

Penygroes were winning in the lineouts, but were squandering some good possession.

Try-scorer Davies limped off, to be replaced by Liam Poole, and, a wind-assisted Caddell long range penalty before halftime gave the Reds a 10-0 interval lead.

The boot of Tom Caddell stretched the lead after the restart to 13-0, but the home side were starting to get more joy in attack, prop Ben Jackson impressing with his workrate, and, after he was tackled short of the line, lock Dan Rees gathered and went over for the try, full back Nicholas Morris adding the conversion.

Caddell kept Amman’s score ticking along with another penalty, and, in the final quarter, the visitors brought on their very own “bomb squad” as Rhys Phillips, Harley Davies and Rhydian Jones entered the fray, with great effect.

With much more cohesion in attack, Jones impressed around the pitch particularly, and with some ten minutes left, full-back Joel Foster’s excellent work put the try on a plate for backrow man Jac Isaac to cross the line for a converted score.

George Clarke also featured with some telling Amman runs as they continued to press, Penygroes only threatening sporadically, full back Nicholas Morris the pick of their backs; but they lacked a real cutting edge to finish off their good work.

United’s win was rubber-stamped when scrum half Alex Williams gleefully divebombed over for a third Amman try with minutes left.

To their credit, the home side battled manfully to the end, and were rewarded with a try with the final move of the game as Rhys Gealey scored as the final whistle was blown.

Amman will be at Cwmamman Park on Saturday, December 11, when they entertain New Dock Stars.

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Risca earn win over Ammanford

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AMMANFORD travelled to Ystrad Mynach on Friday night (Dec 3) to face Risca United on their artificial pitch.

The Valley mist was slowly rolling across the sky and hovering just above the pitch. A healthy crowd sat in the large stand waited for the teams’ arrival.

Ammanford were in their green kit whilst Risca were in their usual black and white striped shirts.

The visitors got off to the perfect start with only ten minutes played when Ammanford captain Lee Trundle skilfully turned on the edge of the Risca penalty area and slotted the ball into the corner of the Risca net.

Both sides pressed each other but Ammanford’s lead lasted until minutes before half time when the home side were awarded a penalty.

Risca’s Leon Thomas duly despatched the spot kick into the Ammanford net to level it up at 1-1.

The second half saw both sides pressing for that second goal with no quarter given by either side which kept the referee busy in the production of several yellow cards.

It was Risca that made the breakthrough in the 68th minute of the game when their substitute Harvey Selway assisted team mate Leon Thomas to get his second goal of the game as he broke through the middle of the Ammanford defence and placed his shot past Ammanford keeper Craig Morris to give his side the lead.

Ammanford did their best to respond and Brett Enoch came the closest with a couple of attempts in the last ten minutes of the game.

It wasn’t enough for Ammanford as final whistle blew and it was Risca who celebrated the victory.

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