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Ammanford fall to ruthless Celtic

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Ammanford defence: Couldn’t prevent 3 Celtic goals

Ammanford defence: Couldn’t prevent 3 Celtic goals

Welsh League

Division Two

Cwmbran Celtic 3

Ammanford 0

AMMANFORD have been one of the early pace setters in the Welsh League Division Two in their debut season in the division, but they will have still been weary of travelling to a strong Cwmbran Celtic side who now find themselves second in the league, having played a considerable less amount of games then everyone else, and three less than Ammanford, who sit a place behind them in third.

The game started at a frenetic pace with both sides moving the ball quickly from front to back, looking to bypass the midfield in windy conditions in south east Wales.

Mikey Morris had a fine effort tipped over the bar by a full length save from the home keeper, whilst the hosts will feel they should’ve taken the lead, as a header went over from merely two yards out.

With 20 minutes approaching Ammanford were starting to get a foot on the ball and play some football, but their new found calmness in possession cost them when Matthew Harding wanted an age to pick out his pass. His pocket was picked by Celtic’s Josh Bull, who instantly took the ball towards goal before unleashing an unstoppable drive from the edge of the area.

The visitors almost got a rapid response when Matthew Fisher hit a rasping 30 yard half volley, which flew just wide. The effort drew gasps from the crowd and had it gone in it would’ve been a shoe-in for goal of the season.

Restricted to scraps as Cwmbran took the initiative, it was no surprise when Ammanford fell 2-0 behind, as Dominic Connor slotted home after being played through one on one with Dafydd Jones.

Gruff Harrison must have uttered some inspiring words at the break as the visitors came out after the interval with all guns blazing. With just seconds gone, Dayle Selvage hit a rasping crossfield ball to Craig Frater who had taken up a good position on the right hand side. When he ran towards the area he was tackled, but the loose ball fell to Kurt Morgan, who when faced with a clear sight of goal, blazed his effort clean over the bar.

With an hour played Fisher will have felt he too should have reduced the deficit, but his toe poke at goal was comfortably saved.

With little over ten minutes gone, and Ammanford seemingly clean out of attacking ideas, Cwmbran finished off proceedings when former Carmarthen Town winger Chris Ham pounced on a loose punch clear by Jones to fire the ball through a crowd of players.

Saturday sees Ammanford host bottom half West End, where they will be hoping to bounce back from this defeat.

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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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