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Cwm seal the points under the lights

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THERE is something about playing under the lights at Grenig Park that brings out the best in Cwmamman Utd. In a season where they have struggled to close off games or just never really got going they have a 100% record in the three night matches they have played at home.

Having suffered a heavy away defeat to Penrhiwceiber earlier in the season the home fans feared the worst when the away side had a chance in the first minute.

However, Kai Rees was well positioned to stop it and that was it as Cwm dominated the next 20 mins creating several good chances but they could just not convert them. Inevitably, against the run of play a break through the middle then saw Jaymie Wearn give the visitors the lead as he slotted past the advancing Rees.

Ceiber started to grow in confidence but with Luke Sherbon, Ross Morgan and Kyle Ashford excellent in midfield Cwm kept creating and Ryan Hurlow and Scott Jewell had good attempts saved.

The second half started with Ceiber briefly the more dominant side with Kai Rees called to make two very good saves. Gareth Howarth and Terry Maynard were working hard at the centre of defence while Travis James and Nathan Davies constantly supported attacks and it was Davies who found himself free in the box to slot home the equaliser in the 52nd minute.

Cwm then went on the attack and a fierce Sherbon shot forced a great save before a few minutes later a rebound from the oncoming keeper saw Ryan Thomas following up calmly slot the ball into the empty net from 25 metres out.

71mins gone and Cwm now needed to see the game out which has been a struggle this season. It wouldn’t be Cwm without some nerve tingling moments but the energy of substitutes Ryan Foschi, Cam Isaac and Calem Rees kept Cwm on the front foot.

They suffered a wobble in the 89th minute when Jewell was dismissed for something the officials heard but Cwm held their nerve for a much needed win.

On Friday evening (Feb 11) they travel to Llandarcy to play West End AFC at 19:30 who are one place below. Again under the lights in a must win match for both sides.

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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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