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Bluebirds too good for Ammanford

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HAVERFORDWEST County closed the gap to Welsh League Division 1 leaders Penybont to just one point as they beat Ammanford 4-0 at the Bridge Meadow on Friday night (Oct 5).

A good crowd gathered to watch the game and they witnessed a slow start as both teams looked to gain the upper hand.

Both sides had early corners which came to nothing before the first real chance on seven minutes which saw Danny William flash the ball across the face of goal, just out of reach of the oncoming attackers.

Antonio Facciuto then also saw a shot saved by Ammanford keeper Craig Morris.

With seventeen minutes gone the Bluebirds took the lead as Ricky Watts cut inside in the box before crossing to the back post for Ben Fawcett who fired the ball into the back of the net.

Matthew Fisher then came close for Ammanford with a stinging shot that flew just wide of the left hand post.

Haverfordwest then won a series of corners but were unable to add to their lead.

From an Ammanford corner on the half hour mark the ball was not fully cleared and it came to Liam Samuel on the left hand edge of the box and his low effort bounced out off the base of the post and the danger was cleared.

Lee Trundle then curled an effort straight at Ammanford keeper Morris before Fawcett came within inches of doubling the Bluebird’s lead.

Trundle played the ball through for Fawcett to run on to and his effort was tipped wide into the side netting.

Danny Williams then beat the offside trap and with Ammanford still calling for offside he ran to the edge of the box before crossing to the back post for Trundle but his shot was pushed over the bar.

It remained 1-0 when the half time whistle went and Ammanford still had a chance of getting themselves back into the game.

The Bluebirds saw an effort go wide at the start of the second half before they did eventually double their lead ten minutes in.

Trundle chested the ball down for Danny Williams who fired low into the corner.

Both sides had further chances but it was the home side who got the third goal when Trundle smashed the ball home from the edge of the box to all but seal the points with fifteen minutes to go.

Danny Williams then grabbed his second goal of the game with five minutes to go to make it 4-0.

Haverfordwest will be boosted by their win and their next game on Saturday (Oct 13) sees them travel to league leaders Penybont in what should be an excellent game.

Ammanford will look to get back to winning ways in their next game when they take on Llantwit Major.

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Ammanford sign Kurtis Marsh from Lawrenny

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LAWRENNY’S Kurtis Marsh will play for Ammanford Cricket Club in the 2022 season after the two clubs agreed a deal.

Marsh was one of Lawrenny’s stand out performers in Division 1 of the Pembrokeshire League this year.

He scored a number of important centuries and fifties as his club just missed out on securing the league title.

In total he scored 1070 runs in 15 innings while his highest score was 140 not out.

He was the Division’s highest scorer by just over 200 runs and was unbeaten in five innings.

On Twitter, Lawrenny Cricket Club said: “Absolutely gutted to lose Kurtis Marsh to Ammanford but he absolutely deserves this opportunity to play at a higher level. An unbelievable player and a top, top bloke. Go and smash it up there Kurt!!”

Marsh will now look forward to testing himself in Division 1 of the South Wales Premier Cricket League.

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Carew and Hakin earn big wins in West Wales Cup

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CAREW and Hakin United were big winners on Saturday (Oct 9) as they booked their places in round two of the West Wales Cup.

Carew travelled to Neath Premier Division side Cilfrew Rovers and it didn’t take them long to settle as James Hinchcliffe scored in the opening minute.

Cilfrew’s task became ever harder three minutes later as Adam Muskett scored to put his side in a strong position.

Matthew Evans pulled a goal back for the Rovers after 16 minutes but with five to go until half time Carew scored their third through Sam Christopher.

Muskett and Hinchcliffe scored in quick succession in the second half to all but seal the win for the Rooks.

Goals continued to come as Muskett completed his hat trick before Shaun Whitfield, a Dylan Morgan penalty and two from sub Jack Christopher took Carew’s score into double figures.

Muskett then got his fourth of the game to make it 11-1 to Carew.

Hakin also made the trip to Neath to face Division 1 side Resolven and, like Carew, they did not have to wait long for the first goal of the game.

It came from Justin Harding after four minutes and it was soon 2-0 as Jaden Chapman scored.

Ben Aldred then scored two goals in the space of two minutes, both assisted by Ryan Wilson, to effectively win the game for the visitors.

Harding added his second and Hakin’s fifth shortly before half time.

Twenty minutes into the second half, the Vikings added a sixth as sub Laurie Haworth found the back of the net.

Aldred and Chapman added to the scoring before Shane Walsh scored with three minutes to go to seal a 9-0 win.

Kilgetty bowed out of the competition as they were beaten 4-2 by Giants Grave. St Ishmaels were also sent packing after they were beaten 7-3 by CKSV.

Merlins Bridge’s game away at Treboeth was postponed because of a positive covid-19 case amongst one of the Neath teams’ players.

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Saints go through to round two

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ST Clears booked their place in the second round of the West Wales Cup on Saturday (Oct 9) as they beat Llangyfelach 3-0.

The Saints started the game slowly with most of the squad having been at captain Danny Peters’ wedding the day before.

Swansea Senior League Division 2 side Llangyfelach hit the post early on in what was their only real chance of the first half.

The Saints had quite a few chances to take the lead as Steve Thomas hit the bar with a good header from Ben John.

They slowly got on top and and they finally took the lead when the Llangyfelach keeper spilled a corner and Kyran Lewis nodded in from close range.

The second half was tight with more chances coming for the visitors but it was also heated at times with a number of yellow cards shown.

The second goal for the Saints when Nick squire hit a 30 yard effort from outside the box into the top corner, assisted by Martin Thomas.

Shortly before full time, the home side had Michael Matwychuk sent off for an apparent off the ball elbow.

Nick squire scored his second of the game from close range not long after to seal the victory.

The Saints’ reward for their win is a home tie against Felinfoel in the second round.

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