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DROVERS PUT DOWN EARLY MARKER

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Tight Squeeze: Matthew Jacobs squeezed over for a controversial try (Riley Sports)

Tight Squeeze: Matthew Jacobs squeezed over for a controversial try (Riley Sports)

Llandovery 30 Cross Keys 20

A MAGNIFICENT second half performance from Llandovery saw them recover from a 12-point half time deficit to snatch a win at the death and put down a marker that they will be contenders in this seasons Principality Premiership.

With almost all of the successful Fosters 7’s wining squad involved, the Drovers were seeking to continue their strong pre-season form, and they certainly did this against last years third placed side.

Keys started the match the brighter and quickly won the ball back after an excellent kick off from impressive outside half Ethan Davies. The ball was patiently worked through the hands before Keys were awarded a penalty deep inside the Drovers own half. With the rewards for tries now being 6 points Keys opted to kick to the corner, instead of taking a relatively easy penalty kick to goal, which now only sees 2 points awarded.

The resulting close range lineout was won by Simon Williams and a driving maul towards the try line was unstoppable and Williams’ second row partner Danny Hodge emerged with the ball after scoring a first ever 6 point try for The Keys. Ethan Davies added the conversion and Keys were fully worth their early 8 – 0 lead, with Llandovery still waiting for their first touch of the season with 6 minutes on the clock.

It got better for Keys when they continued to dominate both possession and territory and their endeavour was rewarded when Davies kicked a penalty to give Keys a 10 – 0 lead with barely 10 minutes played. Just minutes later The Drovers showed what they can do when, with a first attack in to the Keys 22 they kicked a penalty goal from in front of the sticks to close the gap thanks to their outside half Jack Maynard. The scoreboard now had a really unfamiliar look about it when it read Llandovery 2 – Cross Keys 10.

Keys came back almost immediately from the restart when a loose kick from Llandovery was gathered by Ethan Davies back in his own 22. He raced forward and found Nathan Trowbridge in support who showed an excellent turn of pace over the halfway line beating several would be tackles before feeding the ball back inside to the supporting Davies and the number 10 showed a clean pair heels to race over to score an excellent try to extend Keys’ lead, with just over 15 minutes played. Davies converted his own try and Keys at this point were looking unstoppable.

Gradually, however the home side clawed their way back in to the game when a pair of Maynard penalties, in the 18th and 30th minute closed the gap. Keys spent the final 5 minutes or so of the half camped on the Drovers line but despite Keys having a man advantage, due to Llandovery second row Bryn Griffiths being sent to the sin bin, Keys were unable to better their lead and given the Drovers second half performance this failure to score after so long spent on the Drovers line no doubt proved vital to the outcome.

It took just 5 minutes of the second half for Llandovery to add to their total when Number 8 Richard Brooks crossed all to easily for the home side when Keys fell off one too many tackles after good build up play from the Drovers. Jack Maynard struck the post with the conversion attempt, but Llandovery’s intentions were clear.

Ethan Davies pulled Keys clear after 50 minutes when he added his second penalty of the game for Keys. It was however Llandovery who pushed on from here and it was no surprise when they grabbed their second try of the game thanks to openside Shaun Miles crossing with 55 minutes played. Maynard again struck the post but this time the ball did go over to add the extras and tie the scores at 20 – 20 with a little over 20 minutes remaining.

Keys had flanker Ieuan Jones sent to the sin bin for killing the ball in the 65th minute and from the resulting penalty the Drovers took the lead for the first time thanks to Maynard’s 4th penalty of the game. It didn’t really get much better for Keys as Llandovery continued to enjoy more possession and restricted Keys from building anything as the game entered the closing moments.

The Drovers all but wrapped up the victory when they crossed for a try out wide just 2 minutes from the end by centre Matthew Jacobs. Despite the assistant referee seemingly indicating that it was no try due to the ball going dead, he was over-ruled by the man in the middle and the try was awarded. Maynard kicked the touchline conversion and the Drovers were home and dry.

Llandovery will be delighted with the win, and will be looking to take the confidence gained from this into their next fixture, a crunch match against near rivals Llanelli at Church Bank.

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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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