TUMBLE again got the win over their old rivals in this opening Division 3 West B clash as Amman fell to another defeat against one of their bogey sides of recent times.
After an impeccably-observed minute’s silence to mark Rememberance Sunday, the Parc y Mynydd Mawr side made a bright start, Nathan Williams and his pack just held up on the line in early skirmishes.
Wing Kieran Jones then broke, passed to hooker Dafydd Humphreys, who managed to juggle a tricky pass before putting in full-back Elis Lewis for the first of his two tries.
Skipper Steff Price’s crash ball move was then well-defended by Amman, who almost hit back, but wing Eurig Morgan narrowly failed to snap up a tricky interception.
Outside half Tom Caddell then missed a penalty, before making up for it with a shorter effort minutes later. Caddell was then unlucky, seeing his penalty from just inside his own half just drop under the bar after Ryan Lewis had been penalised.
Tumble were disrupting the United lineouts, in which the visitors had a torrid time, and soon the Reds were a man down after Craig Ratcliffe’s yellow card. After Iwan Samuel’s well-won lineout ball, Amman were penalised, and the usually-reliable Steve Hewitt firstly rapped the post, and, after a retake was awarded after an Amman player had charged early, Hewitt proceeded to hit the very same post with the second attempt.
The busy Rhodri Lewis and Jac Evans combined for Amman before halftime, red-haired centre Lewis going over, before the “try” was ruled out.
Lewis was again in the thick of it early in the second half, chasing Caddell’s chip over the top in a swift counter attack, but they lost the ball and from the turnover, Tumble full back Elis Lewis dribbled along the wing before following up for the corner try, Hewitt superbly converting from the far touchline.
United made some changes, bringing Liam Poole into the backs, and Rhydian Davies to add some drive into the forwards, while Sean Mangan switched to the second row. But the Magpies scored the next try as another incisive counter saw Scott Jones put in wing Sam Jones in for the score and a handy 17-3 advantage.
One of Amman’s brightest players, scrum half Alex Williams, whose little runs kept his side on the front foot throughout, deserved a try, but was twice unlucky in being halted close to the tryline.
Replacement Rhydian Jones also punched holes in the Tumble defence at will, but his efforts were not rewarded. Tumble were reduced by a yellow carding, but the 14-men did not find the handicap too much to overcome as flanker Callum Williams crashed over with fine minutes to go.
Amman’s cause now seemed lost, and their luck didn’t get any better as influential flanker Dan Jones was helped off with after being injured.
It was then the “tin hat” for the beaten visitors who leaked a further injury-time try as Magpies replacement Steffan Davies squeezed over in the far corner.
Both sides return in two weeks, when Amman entertain Trimsaran, while Tumble make the short trip to Penygroes.
Pontarddulais Workmens seal fine victory in Snooker League
STEVE Dunn’s fine 73 break was the undoubted highlight of Pontarddulais Workmens’ solid 6-1 victory against Burry Port Legion in the Llanelli Snooker first division.
Mike Footman, Keri Davies, Adam Griffiths and Kevin Sullivan added winning support while just Rich Nurse averted the whitewash for the Legion, for whom Rob Davies made a 32 break.
Dan Wells also made a 70-plus break, a fine 74 knock as Matchroom Reds also won 6-1, R.Evans, J.Thomas, L.Grey and C.Price also on top against Upper Tumble Blues; only E.Rees won for the visitors.
Similarly, just Nigel Lewis won as his side, Ponthenri crashed 6-1 at Gorseinon Workmens’; D.Williams (47), J.Wilcox, M.Dodd and K.Murrells added wins for the Brighton Road cuemen.
It was closer at Trimsaran, where the home side edged a 4-3 win against Llandybie Social A, courtesy of J.Tudor, C.Thomas (30) and L.Lloyd; Lindsey Pugh, Huw Morgan and Wyn Major hit back for the latter.
Andrew Hatto and Gavin Lewis were on the ball for Morfa, who went down 5-2 at Snooker World Whites; Andrew Whitfield (51 break), B.Thomas, J.Gimblett and A.Krysa added wins for the Ammanford side ,who, in a busy week, also won 4-3 at Pontyberem, thanks to A.Krysa, C.Jackson and B.Thomas; E.Bowen, S.Caton and A.Harris replied for ‘Berem.
Pontyberem also during the week were beaten 5-2 at Cross Hands B, whose frame winners were A.Phillips, Dai Isaacs, Gary Stead and Paul Martin.
Llanesco enjoyed a 5-2 victory at Llanelli Cons A, following wins from P.Shoulder, L.Lloyd, D.Bohn and M.Stevenson; Cons’ winning duo were Mark Sargent and Gavin Quinnell.
Elsewhere, C.Jones and L.Jones (31) were on top for Reading Room Blues in the Burry Port side’s 5-2 defeat at Matchroom Whites, with C.Davies, D.Roberts, L.Davies and W.Bowen on song for the “Gwyns”.
In Division 2, D.Jones, D.Sigsworth and S.Wright edged an aggregate win by just 12 points for Llandybie RFC in a 4-3 result against Upper Tumble Reds, who hit back via Mike Sainty, S.Marsall and N.Allinson.
T.Rawlings, J.Dean and C.Hurley claimed a similar 4-3 win for Burry Port Reading Room Reds against Snooker World Blues; Chris Waters, Callum Fuge and Steffan Rees were on song for the visitors.
It also needed the aggregate to split the sides as Llandybie Social B saw off Cross Hands A 4-3, Steve Pearson, Ian Matthews and Howard Wood winning; Adam Rees, Scott Bundfuss and Elwyn Williams were on the ball for the latter.
Matchroom Blacks returned from their visit to Upper Tumble Reds clutching a 5-2 success, after Rhys Morgans, Dean Shoulder, Ryan Maides and James Anthony had all won their frames; Steve Marshall and R.Williams replied for the hosts.
Bern Price, Ray Barney, G.Stollery and K.Gronow gave the Gremlin Club A a 5-2 victory against Bryn A; J.Townsend and J.Jones replying.
In other news, there were Cup wins for Llanesco (4-1 against Cross Hands A), also Llanelli Cons A (5-2 at Matchroom Blacks), and for Llandybie Social B (5-2 over Bryn B).
Bury Port withstand Tenby fightback
BURY PORT had to withstand a strong second half comeback from Tenby United on Saturday (Nov 27) as they earned a 27-21 victory.
The Blacks had raced into a 27-0 at half time with tries coming from Lewis Daniel, David Booth, Bradley Crossman and Joshua Evans
Lee Evans added two conversions and a penalty as they built up a commanding lead.
In a game of two halves it was the Seasiders who started well in the second half and their play was soon rewarded.
Luke Dedman, Yannic Parker and Jack Broadhurst all scored tries for Tenby in the second half as they looked to get something from the game.
Gwion Jones converted all three tries from under the posts as the visiting Seasiders at least earned a losing bonus point for their efforts.
They were however left feeling that they could have won the game following their second half display.
They will look to put that right on Saturday, December 4, when they travel to Pontarddulais.
The win for Burry Port puts them top of the League 2 West table with 9 points from their opening two games.
On Saturday they will look for another win as they travel to Pontyberem.
PHOTO by Darren Harries
Legg departs Llanelli Town
MANAGER Andy Legg has left Llanelli Town as the club seeks to make a number of changes.
Lee departed on Thursday evening (Nov 25) while coaches Gary Lloyd and Chris Thomas have also left their roles.
It comes just hours after the club announced that captain Kyle Copp had also left the club.
Kyle made 42 appearances for the Reds scoring 8 goals. He made his debut against Goytre back in August 2019.
The club had also announced on Tuesday that Zac Brown was leaving the club. He had played 41 times for the Reds scoring nine times.
Speaking of Legg’s departure a statement on the club’s social media pages reads: “Although not an easy decision given his club status and what he has achieved over the years here at Stebonheath Park we would all like to wish him the best and he will always receive a warm welcome here.
“With our club vision set out by chairman Wayne Stephens many changes will be made throughout the whole club over the Christmas period.
“We will announce Andy’s successor in due course. Thanks again Leggy.”
Commenting on his departure on Twitter, Andy said: “Just a quick message to say thank you the supporters for you support during my time at the club. We wish the club well.”
Llanelli Town currently sit in sixth place in the JD Cymru South table with six wins, five draws and four defeats in their 15 league games so far this season.
Legg’s last game in charge of the club was a 3-0 loss away at Goytre United.
They are next in action on Friday, December 3, when they face Goytre United in the reverse fixture at Stebonheath Park, kick off 7:30pm.
PHOTO by Llanelli Town
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