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Old Gold seal win against rivals Ammanford



CARMARTHEN Town moved level on points with fifth placed Cambrian and Clydach on Good Friday (Apr 15) as they beat Ammanford 3-1 at The Recreation Ground.

A very healthy attendance of 503 turned up to watch a mainly one sided affair especially in the first half.

Ammanford seemed to sit back and not press up on their opponents giving Gregory Walters the Old Gold midfielder plenty of time to make the plays for his team.

Carmarthen Town’s Liam Thomas came close on two occasions but flashed his outstretched efforts just wide of the Ammanford goal.

It seemed that it was only a matter of time when the Ammanford defensive lines were breached.

In the 41st minute Carmarthen’s Bradley Gibbings broke through and stroked the ball passed Ammanford’s goalkeeper Craig Morris to open the scoring, 0-1.

On the stroke of half time lively Carmarthen fullback Jordan Vickers beat his marker but his shirt was tugged back in the penalty area. The officials had a clear view of the foul and awarded a penalty kick. Liam Thomas stepped up and thumped the ball into the net to double his team’s lead.

Seven minutes into the second half Carmarthen’s Noah Daley headed his team’s third and decisive goal from close range, 0-3.

Ammanford did come more into the game but it all seemed too little to late.

Four minutes after Carmarthen’s third goal Ammanford were awarded a penalty of their own.

Ammanford’s Tristan Jenkins took the spot kick but his struck the inside of the post and the pace of the ball as it rebounded seemed to strike the knee of the goalkeeper and spin backwards into the net to offer the home support some consolation.

The game was managed by the dominating visitors to the final whistle.

A disappointing result for Ammanford but they must shrug this defeat off quickly as they travel to Carmarthen Town on Easter Monday for the return of this important JD Cymru South League game hoping for a far better performance and outcome.

The Old Gold though now sit just two points behind third placed Briton Ferry and they will be looking to finish as high up in the table as they possibly can.

The Easter Monday game between Carmarthen and Ammanford at Richmond Park kicks off at 2:30pm.

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Mumbles beat Wanderers with three balls to spare



MUMBLES picked up victory against Carmarthen Wanderers on Saturday (May 14) as they reached their target with only three balls to spare.

After winning the toss, the Wanderers chose to bat first and they scored 207-5 in their 50 overs.

Robbie Crawford and Owain Davies shared 30 runs for the first wicket but Crawford was bowled by Greg Handley on a score of 11 and soon after he had Davies caught by Sean Davies on a score of 12.

Jack Straw then had Gareth Thomas caught by Aneurin Norman as the Wanderers were reduced to 47-3.

Owain Binding and Tom Davies looked to get the Wanderers going again and they shared 52 runs for the fourth wicket.

Binding hit six fours in a score of 39 but he was caught by Richard Gibby off the bowling of Jamie Sheldon.

Tom Davies and Lewis Byng then shared 81 runs for the fifth wicket with Davies reaching his half century.

Davies hit four fours and five sixes as he reached a score of 72 but he was then bowled by Handley.

Byng went on to finish unbeaten on 26 while Owen Bailey hit three late fours to finish not out on 16 from 6 balls.

Owain Binding bowled Joe Phillips early in Mumbles’ reply and he also trapped Richard Gibby leg before on a score of 22 to leave their opponents on 31-2.

Scores of 47 (three fours) from Elliot Oates and 77 (eight fours, two sixes) from Gregory Thomas kept Mumbles in the game but the Wanderers continued to take wickets.

Sean Davies hit a four and three sixes in his score of 28 from 17 balls but he was caught by Iestyn Scourfield off the bowling of Gareth Thomas.

Jamie Sheldon was run out on a score of 10 by Lewis Byng, leaving Mumbles on 206-8.

In the last over, Greg Handley defended the first two balls and then hit a four with the third to win the game for Mumbles.

On Saturday, May 21, Carmarthen Wanderers host Llanelli.

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Ammanford bow out of Welsh Cup



AMMANFORD made a swift exit from the Welsh Cup as they were beaten by seven wickets by Pontarddulais in a closely contested match at Ffosyrefail.

Ammanford batted first and reached a handsome 217 for 7 in their 40 overs, thanks to Kurtis Marsh (36), Xavier Clarke (30) and Alun Evans (48).

Former Ammanford star Matthew Fisher took four wickets for 37 in his first match against his old club.

Despite losing an early wicket, experienced opener Gary Arrowsmith began a solid Bont response, and a half century from Iestyn Rees put the home side well on the way to victory.

Despite a couple of wickets each from Alun Evans, Saihaj Jaspal and Fin Jeffries, Bont rteached their target with 3 overs and 3 wickets to spare.

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Ammanford lose out as Swansea post mammoth total



SCORING their highest total for several seasons, Ammanford still managed to lose by 131 runs to a blistering Swansea batting line-up which has now scored over 1200 runs in 3 matches.

Ammanford’s acting captain Dan Roberts must have imagined that lightning couldn’t strike thrice when he invited Swansea to bat on a perfect St Helens track. It could.

And it did. Opening pair Brad Wadlan and Chris Gibson (82) put on 252 for the first wicket before Wadlan fell for 147.

Wadlan is just 14 short of 500 runs for the season and it’s still mid-May!

Swansea’s impressive batting line-up maintained the assault on Ammanford’s bowlers, Jake Roberts scoring 96 from 41 deliveries.

They closed on a gargantuan 425 for 4.

Ammanford’s priority was to secure maximum batting points by reaching 225, and this they did without any difficulty.

An excellent 88-run opening partnership from Rhodri-Huw Davies (51) and Kurtis Marsh (30) gave Xavier Clarke (112no) an excellent platform from which to launch a classy maiden unbeaten ton for Ammanford.

Dan Roberts (30) and Saihaj Jaspal (46no) continued the good work, and Ammanford closed on 294 for 3, a total which on most weekends would guarantee a win.

Whilst there was never any chance of getting near Swansea’s ridiculous target, Ammanford’s batsmen gave a thoroughly creditable account of themselves which looked promising for the rest of the season.

Next week they welcome Newport to the Park.

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