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Deserved victory for Amman United

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AMMAN United returned from Cae Carwyn James with a deserved victory in this WRU Bowl fixture on Saturday (Sept 25) after an entertaining encounter.

Following some early sparring, it was the visitors who opened the scoring with a try out of the blue  when an attempted clearance was charged down by flanker Dan Jones who followed up to touch down; outside half Tom Caddell added the conversion.

Cefn had their moments early on as lock Jackson Burnell won some good lineout possession and half back duo Morgan Davies and Richard Watts got their backline moving well.

Full back Lee Watkin and forwards Dion Roberts, Danny Jones and Carwyn Evans got through some good work also.

United then got themselves into a defensive tangle and were caught offside, and Richard Watts punished them with the resulting penalty.

Amman again in trying to overplay from deep were then caught out as Caddell’s attempted long pass was intercepted and wing Jay Willingham raced in, beating the cover defence to score.

Centre Chris Moore’s run almost brought more reward for the hosts, but Amman defended well, and hit back in the very next attack on the half hour. Lock Craig Ratcliffe’s lineout ball secured, the resulting rolling maul proved too much for Cefn and number eight Tom Thorneycroft charged over for the try; Caddell added a superb touchline conversion to make it 14-8.

Amman’s backrow of Dan Jones, Alun Lewis and Tom Thorneycroft were working well as a unit, and the Amman pack almost forced another try on halftime from another rolling maul, but Cefn managed to hold the ball up.

The home side lost influential fly half Richard Watts early in the second half to injury, and it soon got much worse when centre Chris Moore received a yellow card soon after.

Amman tried to exploit the numbers, scrum half Joel Foster punching holes in the home defence, and from the next phase, wing Jac Evans was through under posts, but was blatantly held back as he was going to score.

The offender Morgan Davies also saw yellow and Cefneithin were down to 13 men. The most obvious penalty try you will ever see made it a more comfortable 21-8 to the Reds.

Veteran Gavin Lewis came on for Amman, and he was soon in the thick of it, rolling back the years with a trademark scything midfield break, which almost put in flanker Alun Lewis for another score.

Amman welcome Tumble to Cwmamman Park on Saturday (Oct 2), the Magpies having beaten United in the return fixture a few weeks ago.

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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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