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Athletic rout high-flying Milford

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Carmarthen 4
Milford Haven 0

Hocktober: Carmarthen supported LGBT with rainbow laces during the game

Hocktober: Carmarthen supported
LGBT with rainbow laces during
the game

SATURDAY saw a Carmarthen 1st anxious to play against a strong Milford Haven team after a disappointing loss in Gwent the previous week. Milford Haven had first pushback however Carmarthen were eager from the whistle, moving as a unit to place pressure on the away side. In doing this, Carmarthen intercepted the ball placing pressure on Milford Haven’s defence and brilliant work between the midfield and forwards saw multiple drives into the D, but Milford Haven’s defence was strong with few balls getting past initially.

Carmarthen kept trying, and tireless work between player of the match Sophie Treacy, captain Catrin Davies and Ffion Evans saw the ball being played up the pitch into the attacking 25. Evans drove up the wing, and sent a lovely cross to Katie James waiting at the penalty spot. James was unlucky as the ball went wide past the goal. This gave Carmarthen furthermore confidence, and lead to a good spell of possession with Maya Davies driving several balls around the back, giving rise to many shots on goal from herself, James and Ceirios Jones.

The strong Milford defence, and good goal keeping skills saw the score remain at 0-0. Carmarthen maintained pressure with the quick setting up of a defensive press, which proved to be a great value to the game. A quick break saw Milford drive the ball up towards the Carmarthen goal, fortunately Carmarthen’s defence were as solid as ever and worked together to clear the ball back up to midfield. A free hit saw the ball being crossed from left to right across the pitch to Carys Jones, who took a shot at goal. Maya Davies was waiting on the post to hit the ball down into the back corner for a cracking finish to make it 1-0. The second half saw Milford come out fighting, and drove the ball down the wing. Keira Griffiths was ready with a strong flat stick tackle; she regained possession and drove the ball up with Treacy. A long corner was awarded, taken quickly by Treacy to Catrin who dribbled the ball into the goal, unfortunately to be met by a diving keeper.

A cross from Delyth lead to a short corner. Continuous pressure with the whole of Carmarthen moving as a unit across the field lead to a goal where Treacy hit the ball in, and brilliant positioning from Maya lead to another touch across the line, 2-0. The third goal came from a strike by Carys Jones; a deflection meant Rhian Moremon was able to sweep it past the keeper, for 3-0. Milford continued battling, but Carmarthen’s defence intercepted the ball, and worked well with the midfield to push back up the pitch. Megan Henry intercepted the ball and passed the ball back and forward with Maya Davies who shot. Megan was ready for the rebound and took a shot to make the score 4-0. Carmarthen had an outstanding game, where every player gave their all and worked well as a unit. All the hard work in training is finally beginning to pay off, and the valuable coaching received became evident. Spirit was high, and Carmarthen look forward to taking on Cardiff and Met next weekend.

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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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