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Town’s play off bid off to a flier



x2 Town celebrate: After White’s late winner (Pic. Rob Wilkins)

x2 Town celebrate: After White’s late winner (Pic. Rob Wilkins)

Port Talbot 0

Carmarthen Town 2

CARMARTHEN, after two postponements, belatedly got their Welsh Premier League second phase programme under way with an encouraging high-tempo performance full of energy and commitment to secure a well deserved victory over local rivals Port Talbot, their second consecutive success at the GenQuip Stadium in the space of just seven weeks.

From the outset the game quickly developed into an open, end-to-end affair but initially both defences looked quite comfortable under pressure and no goal threat ensued. It was not until the 11th minute that the first notable chance arose when Lewis Harling, from inside his own half, instigated a flowing move down the left flank which finished with Keiran Lewis threading the ball across the edge of the penalty area where Harling, having continued his run, struck a crisp drive that ‘keeper Steve Cann resisted with a full-length save.

The Old Gold went even closer to opening the score on 15 minutes when Kyle Bassett sent an inviting corner into the packed goalmouth to find Dave Vincent who rose above surrounding defenders but saw his firm header clip the top of the bar and go safely behind. Then after 25 minutes Lewis dispatched a curling 30 yard free-kick that flew narrowly too high.

During this spell, and for the remainder of the first-half, the home side were unable to produce a single shot on target or even close to it – such was the dominance of Town’s defence at the heart of which stood Vincent who, in his first full match since moving from Port Talbot last month and clearly relishing the opportunity of facing his former team-mates, produced a masterclass of assured and highly-effective defending.

His central defensive partnership with Dwaine Bailey, who displayed his customary strength in the air and on the ground, ensured that the threat normally posed by the hosts’ experienced twin strike-force was emphatically neutralised, while on the flanks full-backs Dan Sheehan and Jordan Knott performed with similar success. Meanwhile ‘keeper Lee Idzi only really became involved when dealing with occasional corners and free-kicks, all accomplished with his usual confidence and safe handling.

Ahead of this formidable rearguard the industrious midfield trio of Harling, Lewis and Ceri Morgan eagerly provided a further layer of valuable defensive support whenever necessary, while taking every opportunity to drive the Old Gold forward on the counterattack – and here they found willing assistance from frontmen Mark Jones, Liam Thomas and Bassett who, with their pace and movement, kept the home defenders fully occupied.

After the interval Carmarthen made a positive start when in the first minute Jones moved in from the left wing then slid the ball across to Thomas inside the penalty area but he saw his angled shot deflected by a defender just wide of the far post.

However the Steelmen were now creating more of a threat, breaking forward with greater pace and urgency. And on 49 minutes they produced their first genuine scoring opportunity of the match when Kurtis March made a strong run down the right-wing before firing the ball into the goalmouth only for Martin Rose, from a good position, to scoop it over the bar.

Yet it was the visitors who at last broke the deadlock on 68 minutes. Lewis, a particularly influential figure in Town’s midfield throughout the game, embarked on a dazzling run into the heart of the home defence but was brought down just outside the penalty area – he then fired the resultant freekick with perfect precision over the defensive ‘wall’ and into the roof of the net leaving Cann well beaten.

Immediately Port Talbot intensified their attacks in search of an equaliser but the Old Gold defence, by now featuring Luke Prosser who for the last 30 minutes proved to be an able replacement for the injured Bailey, remained strong and disciplined. Although they had to withstand a few worrying goalmouth scrambles, they limited the hosts to just one recognisable scoring effort when Luke Bowen, on 79 minutes, attempted a longrange shot that Idzi watched fly wide of the post.

Yet in the closing stages the Steelmen became increasingly vulnerable to counter-attacks and in the 87th minute a slick move down the left flank finished with substitute Jeff White, from wide on the edge of the penalty area, setting up a fine chance for Morgan but his fierce 20 yard drive went narrowly wide of the post. However, moments later Town made their victory secure when Lewis embarked on a surging run through the midfield then sent an astute pass forward to White who from a sharp angle neatly slid the ball past Cann and into the net.

These three valuable points extend Carmarthen’s lead over tenth placed Port Talbot and after the other week-end fixtures they now stand a healthy twelve points above the WPL relegation places – and in the other direction the gap to Bangor, currently occupying the coveted end-of-season seventh place has narrowed to just two points. Clearly, more performances like this would be very welcome.


Lee Idzi; Dan Sheehan; Dwaine Bailey (sub Luke Prosser 61); Dave Vincent; Jordan Knott; Lewis Harling; Kieran Lewis; Ceri Morgan; Kyle Bassett; Mark Jones (sub Jeff White 80); Liam Thomas (sub Glen Fearn 90) Unused Sub: James Kirkwood

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Cwmamman United Juniors host end of season event



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



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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Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay to visit Carmarthenshire



JOIN in the excitement as Carmarthenshire welcomes the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay on Friday, July 1.

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held from July 28 until August 8 and the Queen’s Baton Relay is currently travelling across the Commonwealth in an epic journey to all 72 nations and territories.

The journey brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build up to the Games.

The Queen’s Baton will arrive in Anglesey on June 29 as part of its five-day tour across Wales and will travel down the country and across South Wales providing the opportunity for communities to experience the excitement for Birmingham 2022, as the 11 days of showstopping sport nears ever closer.

A busy schedule of activities and events are planned and hundreds of Batonbearers, each with inspiring backgrounds and stories, will have the honour of carrying the Baton during the journey through Wales.

More than 150 schoolchildren will be at Pembrey Country Park on the afternoon of July 1 to welcome the Baton to Carmarthenshire along with Council Chairman Cllr Rob Evans, before being transported via toboggan, skis, bike and beach wheelchair to Cefn Sidan beach and into the safe hands of the RLNI who will take the Baton by boat to Burry Port Harbour.

The Baton will arrive at Burry Port Harbour at around 3.20pm to be handed to the Silver and Gold Sports Young Ambassadors from Carmarthenshire’s secondary schools who will take it in turns to run and cycle just over three miles along the Millennium Coastal Path arriving in North Dock in Llanelli at 4.15pm.

Here the Baton will be welcomed by Council Leader Cllr Darren Price along with a number of inspiring Carmarthenshire athletes who will be representing Wales at the Commonwealth Games.

Residents are being encouraged to get involved with the celebrations and embrace the arrival of the Baton, with a range of activities taking place at North Dock, organised by the council’s Actif sports and leisure team.

The fun will go on throughout the afternoon until 7pm with various activities to promote health and wellbeing including a junior aquathon, stand-up paddleboarding, aquafit classes, spin classes and beach-lifesaving sessions. 

Council Leader Cllr Darren Price said: “We look forward to welcoming the Queen’s Baton Relay to Carmarthenshire and I am sure local communities will join in the celebrations as the Baton travels from Pembrey Country Park to Llanelli’s North Dock.

“It is guaranteed to be an exciting day, especially with the Baton travelling to Burry Port Harbour by boat and then on to North Dock where there will a host of sporting activities to take part in.

“I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in organising such a momentous day for Carmarthenshire and its residents, again showcasing our beautiful county and what it has to offer to the world.”

Further information, including the timetable for the Queen’s Baton Relay in Carmarthenshire, can be found on the council website

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