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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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Ammanford return with win over Port Talbot

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A CROWD in excess of 300 plus turned out to watch Ammanford AFC take on the Steelmen of Port Talbot Town in the resumption of the JD Cymru South league after the easing of restrictions by the Welsh government.

It was a very chilly Recreation Ground and hot drinks were very much in demand on Friday evening (Jan 21) under the lights.

Ammanford AFC faced a very different Port Talbot Town team to the one they inflicted a heavy defeat earlier in the season.

Port Talbot Town had added more steel to their team and were determined to give a good account of themselves in this return fixture.

The first half was very much an evenly fought contest with Port Talbot Town’s centre back Joel Queni marshalling his defence whilst Captain Lewis Robinson was trying to match up to Ammanford’s Anthony Finselbach.

Port Talbot’s Ryan Garland came close to opening the scoring in this game but placed his effort over the bar.

However it was Ammanford who got the break through in the 32nd minute when Richard Lewis burst forward from full back and latched onto a through ball pass played into the heart of the Port Talbot penalty area. Lewis was clear of the defence and flicked the ball passed the advancing goalkeeper into the net. 1-0.

The first half ended with Ammanford holding a slender advantage.

The second half saw Ammanford more on the front foot and pushing on for the second goal. It eventually came when Ammanford’s Captain Lee Trundle played in fellow striker Tristan Jenkins in on goal and he slotted his effort passed Port Talbot’s goalkeeper Elisangelo Queni to double his team’s lead 2-0.

The game was wrapped up in the 63rd minute when Ammanford’s Brett Enoch played team mate Mathew Fisher in on goal and he placed his shot into the Steelmen’s net to make it 3-0.

The Steelmen never gave up to their credit but it was Ammanford who claimed the deserved win at the final whistle.

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Hendy hold off Whitland to earn third win

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HENDY earned their third win of the season on Saturday (Jan 15) as they beat Whitland 22-15 in League 1 West.

A strong first half from the home side saw them take a 17-5 lead into the break.

Liam Evans, Ben Batcup, Josh Davies and Dean Courtney all scored tries for Hendy while Rhydian Morris added the extras with the boot.

Whitland hit back in the second half and brought themselves back to within one score (try) of their opponents.

They came close but Hendy held on and the win sees them move up to fourth place in the table.

Whitland picked up a losing bonus point for their efforts and they now sit seventh in the table.

The sides are next in action on Saturday, January 29, when Whitland host Penclawdd while Hendy travel to Pembroke.

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Athletic prove too strong for Bont

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CARMARTHEN ATHLETIC remain top of League 2 West after they beat Pontyberem 39-11 away from home on Saturday (Jan 15).

Gethin Phillips, Iestyn Richards, Morgan Morse, Logan Davies and James Newnian all scored tries for the Athletic.

Tom Gravell added four conversions and two penalties as they secured their fifth win in six games.

Tom Lloyd scored Pontyberem’s only try of the game with the rest of the points coming from Dominic Sauro who scored a penalty and a drop goal.

On Saturday, January 22, Carmarthen Athletic are at home against Tycroes.

Pontyberem’s next game is set for January 29 when they travel to Tenby United.

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