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Old Gold get back to winning ways

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AFTER their thoroughly disappointing performance against Taffs Well last weekend Carmarthen quickly rediscovered the form and flair that had lifted them into the top six of the Cymru South League in this comprehensive victory over Undy Athletic.

The result was made more remarkable in that Town were forced to play the last 55 minutes of the match with only ten men following the sending off of Adam John.

From the start the Old Gold quickly put the visitors’ defence under pressure as they dominated possession and launched a series of attacks.

Initially Athletic coped well and no serious scoring chances emerged until eventually, on 15 minutes, an opportunity arose for Liam Thomas – Jordan Vickers made a surging run along the right touchline before firing a long cross into the penalty area where Town’s all-time top scorer uncharacteristically, from 15 yards, sent a weak shot straight at goalkeeper James Smallcombe.

Moments later Greg Walters, from the midfield, sent a fine long pass through to Adam John just inside the penalty area – he released a powerful drive but saw it crash against the foot of the post before Smallcombe claimed the ball.

Carmarthen maintained that momentum and kept the Athletic defence under noticeable pressure and, almost predictably, in the 23rd minute they took the lead.

Vickers, a constant threat with his movement and express pace, raced along the right touchline then delivered a fine pass across to John on the corner of the penalty area – he then sent the ball towards the far post where Walters directed his header into the back of the net.

The Old Gold, spurred by that success, continued to monopolise possession as they swarmed upfield in search of further goals – and on 33 minutes they were successful when Kieran Howard delivered a fine corner-kick into the packed goalmouth where Sean Pemberton rose high above defenders to plant his firm header into the roof of the net.

At this stage Carmarthen seemed to be cruising to a comfortable victory. However, just two minutes later that notion was completely overturned.

Adam John was fouled by Tom Wright close to the half-way line and the referee immediately awarded Town a free-kick for the infringement – yet, despite that, John foolishly struck out at Wright and the referee promptly and predictably sent him off.

Immediately Undy began to make good use of their player advantage. On 40 minutes Sam Broadribb broke clear of the Old Gold back-line but Ifan Knott raced quickly out of his goal and robbed the ball from the striker.

After the interval Town created the first decent scoring opportunity when on 49 minutes Bradley Gibbings made a strong run through the midfield before threading the ball forward to Walters who, in clear space just inside the penalty area, wasted the opportunity by firing a poor shot just wide of the post.

Athletic too were creating chances at this stage and after 68 minutes Morgan Morris struck a 20 yard shot beyond Knott’s reach but narrowly outside the post.

Following several substitutions the Old Gold began to dominate the game once more and eventually, in the 76th minute, they extended their lead – Vickers began the move, sprinting along the right touchline before sending the ball across the edge of the penalty area where Thomas timed his arrival to perfection and struck a fierce angled drive past Smallcombe and into the back of the net.

Carmarthen were still not satisfied and they searched for further goals. On 85 minutes Jamie Rickard sent a fine pass across to Noah Daley on the edge of the penalty area – while his powerful shot was blocked on the goal-line by Smallcombe with a stunning reflex save, Daley pounced on the rebound only for his follow-up shot also to be saved by the over-worked keeper.

However, in the 89th minute Daley had yet another chance to defeat Smallcombe. Ben Steele, on the edge of the penalty area, struck a fierce drive that hit the bar – the ball rebounded conveniently for Daley who at last managed to fire it into the net.

Town’s next fixture is away against Risca United on Saturday, April 9, kick off at 2.30pm.

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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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