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In-form Thomas gives Town win

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Aerial Battle: Carmarthen were dominant in midfield

Aerial Battle: Carmarthen
were dominant in midfield

Carmarthen Town 2

Bangor City 1

 

IT WAS NEARLY seven years ago when Carmarthen Town last recorded a home win against Bangor City.

However, last Saturday at the ninth attempt Mark Aizlewood’s team triumphed against the North Wales side to take all three points and leap frog the visitors in the Welsh Premier League table.

But this time the Old Gold rewarded their diehard fans with an admirable display of spirit, energy and commitment to ensure that City went away pointless.

Not only that but the visitors had been reduced to nine men having fallen foul of referee Richard Harrington’s red cards.

Town began the match with positive intent as they poured forward and put immediate pressure on the visitors’ defence.

They went close to taking the lead in only the second minute when Kieran Lewis delivered a deep cross to the far side of the penalty area. Chris Thomas headed the ball on to Mark Jones who turned sharply and struck a crisp angled shot, which was smartly turned around the post by goalkeeper Connor Roberts.

The Old Gold maintained this momentum with a series of quick raids, usually featuring the pace and tenacity of Kyle Bassett and Luke Cummings down the right flank.

The breakthrough came after thirteen. Bassett sent a cross towards the goalmouth where Jones was well placed but City defender Leon Clowes, in attempting to head the ball to safety only succeeded in glancing it past Roberts and into the far right corner of his own net. Town immediately ramped up the pressure and Lewis soon produced a sublime through ball, which set Jones free. From just inside the penalty area he struck a rasping angled drive that was blocked in front of goal by a defender. From the ensuing corner Bassett found Chris Thomas who directed his close-range header only narrowly wide of the left post.

Moments later the visitors snatched an equaliser when Ryan Edwards raced along the right flank before firing the ball into the Carmarthen goalmouth. Chris Jones then reacted quickly to stab it home from just six yards. This lifted City and the match soon developed into a more open, evenly balanced affair. On the half hour Young moved across the edge of the penalty area before sending an inviting cross towards the far post only for Porya Ahmadi to head the ball wide from a good position.

The Old Gold were still looking a threat going forward and just on half-time Bassett finished another typically surging run down the right-wing with a searching cross into the goalmouth. Lewis then headed the ball just a fraction too wide. However, deep into added time Bangor’s prospects were dealt a blow when Ahmadi was sent-off after kicking-out at Bassett following a challenge between the two.

After the interval, as is so often the case in such circumstances, the visitors defied their numerical disadvantage and took the early initiative, pressing forward in search of another goal. But Town’s defence, featuring the now familiar central partnership of Chris Thomas and Dwaine Bailey remained strong and disciplined while behind them Lee Idzi produced another impressive display of assured and secure handling.

This spell of City pressure enabled the Old Gold to exploit, on the counter-attack, the pace and movement of their twin strikers Jones and Liam Thomas. Both were then instrumental in the Old Gold regaining the lead just before the hour mark. Lewis sent a deep free-kick to the right edge of the Bangor penalty area where Bailey headed it forward to Jones. He held off a defender before playing a neat pass across to Thomas who, showing his customary composure, drilled the ball home to continue his rich vein of scoring with his seventh goal in six games.

From then on Carmarthen were able to resist any further serious threat to their lead. This was due, significantly, to the outstanding performance of midfielders Lewis, Ceri Morgan and Lewis Harling who with their industry and vision were, throughout the game, providing a valuable defensive shield in front of the back four whenever necessary.

While the remainder of the game passed without any further significant goalmouth activity, it was not without incident. Bangor, having played with just ten men for almost half the match, were further numerically disadvantaged in the eighty-fourth minute when Miley produced a reckless high tackle which led to his immediate dismissal, thus ending the game as a contest.

Town immediately ramped up the pressure and Lewis soon produced a sublime through ball, which set Jones free. From just inside the penalty area he struck a rasping angled drive that was blocked in front of goal by a defender. From the ensuing corner Bassett found Chris Thomas who directed his close-range header only narrowly wide of the left post.

Moments later the visitors snatched an equaliser when Ryan Edwards raced along the right flank before firing the ball into the Carmarthen goalmouth. Chris Jones then reacted quickly to stab it home from just six yards. This lifted City and the match soon developed into a more open, evenly balanced affair. On the half hour Young moved across the edge of the penalty area before sending an inviting cross towards the far post only for Porya Ahmadi to head the ball wide from a good position.

The Old Gold were still looking a threat going forward and just on half-time Bassett finished another typically surging run down the right-wing with a searching cross into the goalmouth. Lewis then headed the ball just a fraction too wide. However, deep into added time Bangor’s prospects were dealt a blow when Ahmadi was sent-off after kicking-out at Bassett following a challenge between the two.

After the interval, as is so often the case in such circumstances, the visitors defied their numerical disadvantage and took the early initiative, pressing forward in search of another goal. But Town’s defence, featuring the now familiar central partnership of Chris Thomas and Dwaine Bailey remained strong and disciplined while behind them Lee Idzi produced another impressive display of assured and secure handling.

This spell of City pressure enabled the Old Gold to exploit, on the counter-attack, the pace and movement of their twin strikers Jones and Liam Thomas. Both were then instrumental in the Old Gold regaining the lead just before the hour mark. Lewis sent a deep free-kick to the right edge of the Bangor penalty area where Bailey headed it forward to Jones. He held off a defender before playing a neat pass across to Thomas who, showing his customary composure, drilled the ball home to continue his rich vein of scoring with his seventh goal in six games.

From then on Carmarthen were able to resist any further serious threat to their lead. This was due, significantly, to the outstanding performance of midfielders Lewis, Ceri Morgan and Lewis Harling who with their industry and vision were, throughout the game, providing a valuable defensive shield in front of the back four whenever necessary.

While the remainder of the game passed without any further significant goalmouth activity, it was not without incident. Bangor, having played with just ten men for almost half the match, were further numerically disadvantaged in the eighty-fourth minute when Miley produced a reckless high tackle which led to his immediate dismissal, thus ending the game as a contest.

 

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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
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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.

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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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