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Old Gold extend unbeaten run with win over Trefelin

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CARMARTHEN extended their impressive unbeaten run in the Cymru South League to eleven matches with this hard won victory against Trefelin – a sequence that began over three months ago with the defeat of Swansea University at Richmond Park.

The opening stages of this match were quite scrappy with both sides struggling to deal with the strong gusty wind which dictated that the ball was airborne for much of the time.

Indeed, it was not until the 15th minute that the first notable scoring effort arose – Jordan Vickers, from near to the touchline, fired a free-kick deep to the far corner of the penalty area where Lee Surman, surrounded by defenders, saw his volley fly narrowly over the bar.

Both teams continued to enjoy their fair share of possession but neither was able to create any serious attacking pressure nor penetrate the opposition defence in a meaningful way – too often due to careless misplaced passes.

However midway through the first-half the home side managed to force a series of corner-kicks which put the Old Gold defence under noticeable pressure – yet, well organised by the experienced Surman and Scott Tancock, that defensive unit backed up by goal-keeper Scott James survived that spell.

Only once, after 28 minutes, did the hosts threaten to score when Callum Jones, unmarked and well-placed 10 yards from the goal, sent his glancing header wastefully off-target and into the side-netting.

Town soon began to gain the initiative in the midfield where Greg Walters, Kieran Howard and Tom Dyson, with their industry and vision were always alert to any opportunity for breaking forward and launching an attack.  And while several raids were resisted by the home defence, Carmarthen’s persistence was eventually rewarded in the 42nd minute.

Defender Trystan Jones raced along the left touchline then drove the ball low into the crowded goalmouth where Town’s all-time top goal-scorer Liam Thomas was typically quicker to react than several Trefelin defenders and from 8 yards he clinically volleyed the ball past ‘keeper Chris Curtis and into the back of the net.

After the interval the Old Gold began brightly and straightaway Walters sent a fine pass through to Adam John who sprinted to the edge of the penalty area before striking a crisp low drive that Curtis was well-placed to claim.

Soon, on 53 minutes, Bradley Gibbings made a strong run along the right-wing and then crossed the ball into the penalty area where Dyson, from 12 yards, produced a powerful shot that the increasingly busy Curtis resisted with a fine reflex save.

And Town’s fast-paced opening spell continued when in the 59th minute Gibbings released a fierce 20 yards that Curtis, at full-stretch, turned aside.

Trefelin, having withstood that onslaught, began to respond and for a spell it was the Old Gold defence that was under pressure.

However as in the first-half, with the further invaluable layer of defensive cover provided by the midfield unit, Town’s defence coped well with that pressure to the extent that James was never seriously tested.

But any prospect of the home side drawing level in the closing stages of the match disappeared in the 85th minute.

Jones, from the half-way line, launched a long free-kick that reached the edge of the penalty area where substitute Noah Daley neatly side-stepped a defender then drove the ball past Curtis and into the back of the net.

Then, as the match moved deep into added time Daley had the chance to stretch Carmarthen’s lead still further when Matthew Delaney sent an inviting cross into the penalty area – the pacey striker was quick to the ball but saw his crisp 15 yard drive turned aside by Curtis.

Soon afterwards the referee blew the final whistle and the Old Gold had secured three more valuable points in their quest to climb higher up the League table.

In that regard the immediate programme of fixtures seems favourable – all of Town’s next four matches involve teams currently lower in the League table and three of those matches are at Richmond Park.

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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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