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Cwmamman United 3

Llanelli Town 1

Rob Thomas: Hit the bar

Rob Thomas: Hit the bar

TWO GOALS by former Llanelli Town striker Jordan follows and another from Stephen Hughes, saw the home side triumph in the final league game of the season between the near neighbours.

In reply, the visitors could only manage to muster one through Ross Jones, but overall they can have few complaints, as they were second best for much of the time, seldom testing Mark Snell in the home goal.

The Reds made a number of changes to the starting line-up, with Jack Dale taking over from midfielder Steve Stone in goal, while there were returns by Chris Thomas and Luke Jones, although recent foot surgery excluded Liam Samuel.

Cwmamman got off to a flying start with a goal within the opening two minutes following a pass by Chris Thomas back to Dale, but in attempting to clear, and under pressure from Follows, he got into a terrible tangle and the ball eventually broke goalwards before trundling into the unguarded net.

Follows was then involved again, on this occasion sending a shot across the face of the goal when he was found by Hughes, before the Reds finally managed to put together an attack which culminated in Snell diverting a well struck effort by Bruno Forkuoh around the post.

They had better fortune after 15 minutes when they drew level with Ross Jones being picked out wide on the right by Stone before despatching his finish over Snell into the top corner.

However, their elation was short lived as ten minutes later their opponents regained the lead with Follows getting his brace after a David Brown pass fell into his path, and he beat Dale with a well struck effort into the far corner of the net.

When a long kick by Snell deflected off the head of Reds captain Lee Bevan, Follows was on hand to collect the loose ball, but this time he failed to find the target.

Just before the break, a deep cross by Robert Thomas on the left struck the home bar with Snell scrambling to meet it, but Cwmamman went into the second half with their narrow lead intact.

The visitors made changes during the interval, with Stone replacing Dale in goal and Bartolome Bauza coming on into midfield, and the stand-in keeper was soon in action, doing well to keep out a strike by Ashley Curtis.

When the visitors broke, Jamie Evans curled an attempt just wide of the home goal, while his free kick was smothered on the line by Snell.

Another Reds move led to Richard Lewis delivering a ball across the area which just failed to pick out Bauza, while at the other end a move involving Craig Spring and Hughes saw the latter send his finish inches past the far upright.

When Cwmamman were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box, Brown drove it goalwards where Stone managed to divert it clear but only as Hughes who promptly netted, but an offside flag cancelled this out.

This proved to be a temporary setback, as the home side struck again on 70 minutes with Hughes meeting a well flighted cross into the area and head over Stone.

With the contest slipping away from them, the Reds pushed forward and went close to reducing the deficit when a Lewis free kick into the goalmouth was cleared as far as Bauza whose shot was blocked on the line before Evans met the rebound, but his goalbound header was also scrambled away.

Brown sent another set piece just wide, but at the final whistle the home side ran out worthy winners, although both teams can take credit by finishing in respectable final positions in the table, with Cwmamman in sixth place and the Reds in seventh.

Teams:

Cwmamman United: Snell; Johns; John; Medwin; McNeil ©; Spring; Soroka; Hughes; Curtis (Matthews, 90); Follows (Saunders, 73); Brown.

Subs not used: Lloyd Evans; Rees; Jones (GK).

Llanelli Town: Dale (Stone, 46): (Bauza, 46); Napieralla; Lewis; C. Thomas; Bevan; R. Jones; R. Thomas; Evans; Forkuoh (Hughes, 64); L. Jones (Zola, 88).

Subs not used; Holmes; Martin.

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Dafen see off Porthcawl

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DAFEN Seconds earned their sixth win of the season on Saturday (Jul 6) as they beat Porthcawl by 75 runs.

Porthcawl won the toss and elected to field and they were able to bowl Dafen out for 182.

Opener Oliver Evans made a score of 19 and Chris Randell scored 25 as a number of Dafen batsmen made good starts.

Jonathan Griffiths scored 22 and there were also scores of 15 from Tom Lavender and 16 from Luke Dunning.

Matthew Thomas made a late score of 18 while Andrew Randell top scored with 43 runs.

Nicholas Morgan was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets for the loss of 30 runs from his 6.3 overs.

Mark Bevan also bowled well to finish with figures of 3-37.

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That set Porthcawl 138 to win but they lost a number of batsmen for single figure scores as they struggled to put runs on the board.

Andrew Randell had Nicholas Morgan caught by Jac Morgan and Matthew Thomas had Rhodri Phillips caught by Chris Randell.

Chris Richards made a score of 13 before he was bowled by Rhys Marchant who then also bowled Rob Warren and had David Lewis caught by Chris Randell, both for ducks.

Tim Richards also fell for a duck when he was caught off the bowling of Matthew Thomas.

Mark Lewis had scored 25 but he also fell to the bowling of Marchant.

Steffan Flood also scored 25 before he was bowled by Chris Randell and Joshua Aubrey added 20 late on before he also fell to the bowling of Randell.

That meant that Porthcawl were all out for 107, giving Dafen seconds an excellent win.

On Saturday (Jul 13), Dafen seconds are away to local rivals Llanelli seconds.

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Rees century sees Llanelli to win

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LLANELLI’s Iwan Rees scored a century on Saturday (Jul 6) to help his side to victory over Briton Ferry Steel.

Briton Ferry won the toss and elected to bat but they were restricted to 186-8 in their innings.

Steven Devonald struck early on to remove Evan Hynes but Lloyd Clement and Jamie Griffiths shared 44 runs for the second wicket.

Jac Rees had Griffiths caught by Craig Howells on a score of 24 and soon after Craig Evans was bowled by Aled Gilley for a duck.

Clement had made a score of 41 but when he was bowled by Rees, the Steel found themselves on 81-4.

That soon became 88-5 as Steve Maddock was caught by Marcus Leaf off the bowling of Gilley.

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Iwan Rees then had Steffan Evans caught by Howells and Rhys Norgrove fell in similar fashion.

Jason Hughes and Thomas Williams shared 56 runs for the eighth wicket as they looked to give their side a total to defend.

On the last ball Williams was caught by Rees off the bowling of Gilley on a score of 24 which left Hughes not out on 67.

Llanelli openers Iwan Rees and Ioan Phillips shared 42 runs for the first wicket before Phillips was caught by Rhys Norgrove off the bowling of Jay Webb.

That was as good as it got for the Steel though as they were unable to claim any further wickets.

Craig Howells hit seven fours as he finished unbeaten on 53 while Rees starred with 14 fours to finish unbeaten on 104.

The win gives Llanelli 19 points and keeps them third in the table. On Saturday (Jul 13), they travel to local rivals Dafen.

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Daly makes special visit to Ashburnham

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TWO time Major Champion John Daly aka the “Wild Thing” paid a visit to Ashburnham Golf Club last weekend as part of the club’s 125th anniversary celebrations.

Daly fresh from a top 5 finish on the USPGA Senior tour entertained the crowds with some extraordinary shot making during an exhibition match involving members and local businesses.

Following golf JD took part in a Q&A and rounded off the night in style by joining in with local band “The Lost Comets”.

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Ian Thomas, Club Captain was thrilled with the day and said that the occasion was truly memorable and a fantastic way to celebrate the club’s 125th anniversary.

John Daly himself was full of praise for Ashburnham: “I loved the course, the people and the back 9 layout in particular was just awesome.”

Television highlights of the day were aired on S4C’s Heno programme Monday, July 1.

John Daly won the PGA Championship in 1991 and the Open Championship in 1995.

The 53-year-old also has 18 professional wins to his name.

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