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Cherries hold on for win over Amman

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AMMAN United returned for their first competitive league fixture for almost two months on Saturday (Jan 29) as they welcomed Furnace to Cwmamman Park, and the cobwebs certainly showed as both sides struggled in a very scrappy ,mistake-ridden encounter.

The visitors made a good start,but Amman,who played with a substantial wind behind their backs in the first half, soon began to get the upper hand among the forwards,and outside half Tom Caddell’s early penalty gave them the lead.

Dropped passes and errors littered the game as neither side could get any real momentum; scrum half Alex Williams tried his best to get his side going with some sniping runs, while George Clarke, Alun Lewis and Jac Isaac battled hard up-front, but Furnace were putting in some tasty tackles.

For Furnace, Rhys Daniels, number eight Jonny Roberts and lock Richard Evans were the pick, but they suffered several injuries in a bruising first half, outside half Daf Green among their casualties with an elbow injury.

On the stroke of halftime, having soaked up some Amman pressure, Furnace countered well and scored a try out of the blue as the ball was swept wide for left wing Scott Huddlestone to go over; centre Scott Davies’ conversion gave the Cherry and Whites a narrow 7-6 interval lead, despite having been reduced to 14 men just before with the sin-binning yellow card for scrum half Dan Rees.

The second half proved something of a non-event as both sides effectively cancelled each other out; scoring opportunities proved few and far between ,and despite Amman bringing on fresh legs in replacements Sean Mangan, Jac Evans and Daniel James, they were unable to break a stubborn visitors’ defence; Tom Thorneycroft was held up on the try line, and the half ultimately remained scoreless.

Scott Davies missed a golden opportunity with a kickable penalty, but even then, Amman could have pinched it in the last minute, but a very kickable penalty was badly hooked wide by Tom Caddell.

Furnace climb to second place in Division 2 West (b), three points behind leaders Tumble ,while Amman’s third defeat from four starts leaved them one off the bottom of the table.

When the league returns following the Six Nations break, Amman travel to Cefneithin on February 19, wheras Furnace travel to Bynea.

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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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