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Ammanford hammer Mumbles to reach semis

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Hedd-Wyn Jones: 47 saw Ammanford into the semi finals (Pic. John Davies)

Hedd-Wyn Jones: 47 saw Ammanford into the semi finals (Pic. John
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AMMANFORD put their poor league form behind them as they proceeded to the semi-final of the Welsh Cup after hammering Mumbles at the Park on Sunday.

Winning the toss, Ammanford captain Alun Evans gave his team first knock, but they got off to another poor start as Rhys Davies was out with the score on 1.

Matthew Fisher joined Hedd Jones to steady the situation and these two took the score to 62 before Fisher was out for 27.

Jones (47) was fourth man out with the score on 93 and Matthew Roberts (31), in fine form with the bat, carried on the good work to take Ammanford to 139 for 7 with 9 of the 40 overs to go.

A closing flourish saw Rhodri Davies (18) and Kael Ace (27) put on a valuable 41 before Sam Jones hit a six off the last ball to help Ammanford reach 195 for 9.

Ammanford will have been confident of winning from this position, although they will have been aware that having scored under 200, it would only take one person to score big with sufficient support to take the game away from them.

The home side had an extremely young attack to open the bowling, and they showed no nerves as they performed far beyond their years as they reduced the visitors to 11-4.

Sam Jones and Sean Coaker shared wickets in each of the four opening overs to leave Mumbles reeling having dismissed Tomos Davies, Cameron Protheroe, Max Phillips and Dave Phiilips for a combined 10 between them.

Matthew Fisher then got rid of Mumbles danger man Alex Griffiths (30) to put the match beyond the visitors’ reach.

They were all out for 106 in 28 overs.

Sean Coaker, Sam Jones, Matthew Fisher and Rhys Davies each earned themselves a couple of wickets and the young side will be looking forward to the next round, where they will travel to play Ynysygerwn with a place in the final up for grabs.

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Felinfoel win comfortably

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FELINFOEL continued their unbeaten start to the season on Saturday (Oct 5) as they beat Gowerton 23-0.

In a game played in difficult conditions both sides contributed to an open match with Felinfoel finally ending up comfortable winners.

Felinfoel took an early lead with a try from left wing Jordan Dunne converted by full back Aled Roberts.

Roberts added a further two penalties before the break making the score at half time 13 – nil.

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The weather conditions deteriorated in the second half and it was not until the 20th minute that Felinfoel increased their lead with a further penalty from Roberts.

As Felinfoel added further pressure, live wire wing Dunne went in for his second try again well converted from wide out by Roberts.

Gowerton came close to scoring at the end, but strong defence by Felinfoel prevented them from scoring.

Felinfoel now look forward to round two of the WRU Plate competition when they entertain Skewen on Saturday (Oct 12).

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Cherries hold off Penygroes

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Furnace United 18-9 Penygroes

FURNACE United welcomed Penygroes to Cae Castell on Saturday (Oct 5) and after two attritional battles last season this game was highly anticipated.

The field conditions were excellent even though there was a little drizzle throughout.

The game started at a frantic pace with Furnace taking the early initiative resulting in a try from second row Andrew Evans after five minutes. Daf Green slotted the conversion from out wide to make it 7-0 to the home side.

Five minutes later, from subsequent Penygroes pressure, they were able to score their first points of the game as the trusted boot of number 10 Christopher Powell slotted a penalty between the sticks.

Straight from the restart Furnace gained good field position and were awarded a penalty in front of the sticks.

Green added the three points to make it 10-3 to the home side.

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The rest of the first half saw Penygroes put pressure on the Furnace line but to no avail.

The first 25 minutes of the second half saw the visitors throw the kitchen sink at the Furnace line.

However, although some stern defence meant they weren’t able to cross the line, they did manage two further penalties from the boot of Powell to bring the score to 10-9.

Having defended for much of the half, Furnace looked to increase their lead and they marched up the field before Daf Green slotted a drop goal to make it 13-9 to the Cherries.

The last ten minutes saw Penygroes pressing again but without reward.

From the last play of the game, Furnace intercepted a loose pass and Centre Scott Davies galloped 60 metres down the paddock to cross and put the game to bed.

The conversion was missed but it mattered little as the Cherries earned an 18-9 victory.

On Saturday (Oct 12), both sides take a break from league action as they take part in the second round of the WRU Bowl.

Furnace are away to Cefn Cribbwr while Penygroes are at home to Abercarn.

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Burry Port stay in touch

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Burry Port Res 3-0 Evans & Williams Res

BURRY Port Reserves kept themselves in touch with the top two as they beat Evans and Williams Reserves 3-0 on Saturday (Oct 5).

A very even first half ended with Jamie Phillips heading home from a corner to make it 1-0 to Burry Port.

In the second half the home side played much better and were on top from the start going 2-0 up through Sam Saer.

They dominated for a spell but Evans and Williams came back strong and looked as if they might get one back.

Eventually the home side got their third through Ryan Owens to seal the win and all but end any hopes Evans and Williams had of getting back into the game.

Burry Port remain level on points with the top two with all three having won four of their five games so far this season.

On Saturday (Oct 12), Evans and Williams will look to bounce back when they take on Gorseinon Reserves.

The reserves do not have a game but Burry Port’s first team are in action in the first round of the West Wales Cup as they host Cwm Albion Colts.

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