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Ammanford end season with defeat to champions St Fagans



AMMANFORD ended their 2022 league campaign with a disappointing 88 run defeat at St Fagans, a result which crowned the home team as Premier League champions.

Taking first knock, St Fagans were all out for 227, thanks in the main to their middle order of AJ Hinkley (78) and former Ammanford player Jack Murphy (51).

Their total could have easily been 30 runs more were it not for some tight bowling and excellent fielding from the young Ammanford team who managed to keep a lid on the final ten over chase for runs.

Ammanford’s commitment was characterised by two superb diving catches on the boundary by Owen Davies and Kurtis Marsh, both from the bowling of Xavier Clarke who took 3 for 43. Billy Root and Owen Davies picked up a couple of wickets each.

The total felt well within reach of Ammanford’s batsmen, but when in-form Kurtis Marsh was superbly caught first ball by a diving catch from Ollie Sherwood off a full-blooded cut hurtling its way to the boundary, the writing seemed on the wall.

Daniel Roberts (32) and Xavier Clarke (26) looked their usual polished selves in the middle order, but some injudicious shot selections ended their innings before they could make a decisive impact.

Despite some tail end resistance from Benjamin Thomas (17no) and Iestyn Jones (16), Ammanford fell well short of their target, being all out for 139 in just 30 overs.

St Fagans captain Owen Morgan took 5 wickets for 38.

It was a worthy champions’ finish for St Fagans who have won 12 and lost just 2 of their completed matches this season. They finished 8 points clear of Swansea who beat Bridgend. Ammanford ended in 6th place, though they will reflect on a summer where so many defeats could easily have been victories.

This young team has plenty to look forward to next season.

Ammanford seconds beat Swansea

Ammanford seconds enjoyed a satisfying end to their season when they beat Swansea by 78 runs at the Park.

Ammanford’s total of 246 was indebted to a 138 partnership between the evergreen Carl Griffiths, who batted throughout for an unbeaten 95, and Tomos Roach (67). Tiaan Sparrow (27) was the only other Ammanford batsman to reach double figures.

Azrin Azmy (4-47) and Mohammed Aazim (3-48) were the pick of the Swansea bowlers.

Despite a fighting 62 from opener Haroon Ali, Swansea could offer little resistance to the bowling of man-of-the-match Tomos Roach who took 4 for 54.

They were all out for 168 in the 41st over. Ammanford finished their season in 8th position.

Ammanford thirds finish with fine win

Ammanford’s third XI finished the summer of 2022 with a fine 71 run victory at Pontardawe.

Batting first, Ammanford reached 141 for 7, nearly half of which were scored by skipper Josh Davies (67).

Pontardawe in reply had no answer to the bowling of Aron Matthews (3-12) and Dafydd Wyn Jones (3-30), who took three wickets each. Paul Hicks took a creditable 2 for 6.

The home team collapsed to 70 all out in 30 overs. Ammanford finished 4th in Division 6 of the SWCA.

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Ammanford upset Penybont to reach MG Cup quarter finals



Report by Ian Parfitt

AMMANFORD produced arguably the shock of the third round in the MG Nathaniel Cup with a 2-1 victory at Penybont, who currently sit third in the Cymru Premier League, on Tuesday night (Sept 20).

Penybont started the game well and looked dangerous with ex Ammanford player Kai Whitmore calling the shots.

Ammanford however were also playing some neat football themselves and this was quickly becoming a competitive contest.

Ammanford took the lead in the 28th minute when Brett Enoch took advantage of a moment of calamity in the Penybont defence to fire home.

As expected Penybont increased the pressure on the Ammanford goal in search of an equaliser but Ammanford held firm to go into the interval ahead.

Kyle Marsh in particular having a fine game in the Ammanford goal. Ammanford fans would have been expecting a long 45 minutes after the break but it only took a minute for Penybont to find the equaliser, Mael Davies scoring with a firm header.

Penybont were hungry for more goals and looked especially dangerous from the flanks. The Ammanford defence, who were superb throughout held firm under a barrage of high balls into the box.

Ammanford were also keen to get a second and looked dangerous on the counter attack, both Jordan Langley and Callum Silcox going agonisingly close to restoring the visitors’ lead.

The Ammanford defence continued to form a formidable wall at the back which Penybont were unable to breach.

This fantastic rearguard action was rewarded in the 81st minute when Callum Thomas scored what turned out to be the winner for Ammanford, running through on goal and producing a composed finish to slot the ball past Penybont keeper Alex Pennock.

Ammanford players continued to put their bodies on the line to preserve the lead, epitomised by Tom Pratt who took one on the head in the six yard box.

Lee Trundle spurned a glorious chance to make the game safe for Ammanford with a couple of minutes remaining but it mattered not as the final whistle produced jubilant scenes in the away camp.

Ammanford progress to the Fourth round on what was a glorious night for the club.

Photos by Lawrence Molloy
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Strong Ammanford performance seals Cup win over Whitland



AMMANFORD got their Division 1 Cup campaign off to an excellent start on Saturday (Sept 17) as they beat Whitland 42-13.

Ammanford built up a 17-3 lead and increased that further to 8-29 before pulling away in the closing stages.

Geraint Jones scored a penalty for Whitland and unconverted tries from Gino Setaro and Lewis Gibby followed.

Captain Alex Davies was named as Ammanford’s man of the match as he lead his side to a bonus point win.

The scrum half was among the try scorers as were Morgan Plimmer, Rhodri Jones, Liam Smith, Carwyn Richards, Mathew Lemon and Tiaan Evans.

Ryan Williams added four conversions and one penalty for the visitors.

The next round of Cup fixtures is scheduled for October 15. Ammanford host Newcastle Emlyn while Whitland travel to Tondu.

Ammanford return to action in League 1 West Central on Saturday, September 24 as they host Birchgrove.

Whitland are also back in league action in League 1 West as they visit Pembroke.

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Howell’s strike takes the points for Cwm



CWMAMMAN United earned their first three points of the season with an impressive all round performance as they overcame Cardiff Darconians through a sublime Gwion Howell finish at Grenig park on Saturday (Sept 17).

Cwm started on the front foot and their passing and movement was excellent and they twice came close early with Gwion Howell clipping the outside of the post while Sion Dafydd Williams pounced on a back pass but could just not quite get enough leverage on his attempt.

They then saw a 25th min goal by Williams ruled out for a tight offside. With Charlie Davies and Scott Jewell having strong games in the middle of the park Cwm looked the likeliest to score but there was a real scare when a defensive slip required a superb save from Kai Rees in the Cwm goal to keep it goalless.

Kyle Ashford and Keiran Richards continued to run hard at the Dracs defence causing problems but the first half remained goalless.

The strong second half push back that Cwm expected from the Cardiff side didn’t materialise and Cwm continued to have the better of the play. Grant Rees and Callum Dougal were strong at the heart of the defence while Leon Coucher and the ever threatening Cory Saunders were launching attacks from out wide.

Eventually the goal came when some neat interplay saw Howell with his back to goal and the ball at his feet. A superb turn moved the ball to one side and he then fired it across the keeper to the opposite corner..

Great celebrations before Cwm immediately settled determined to see this one through. With Davies continuing to push his team forward and subs Alex Giardelli and Harrison Thomas stretching the Dracs side Cwm saw it through without too much worry.

An excellent performance of which manager Paul Lewis said: “Great to get that first win with the boys who applied our team plan superbly today and they really deserved that result.”

Cwm now look forward to another challenge as they travel to play near neighbours Garden village on Friday evening (Sept 23).

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