Having played all their games at the Recreation Ground in the build up to and the beginning of the 2023/24 season, Ammanford venture out of Carmarthenshire for the first time since April as they head to Trefelin for the second round of the Nathanial MG Cup on Saturday.
Ammanford found themselves in the next round courtesy of a 2-0 victory at home against Abertillery last Tuesday albeit later than planned given the foul weather conditions putting paid to the first attempt to fulfil the fixture on the previous Saturday.
After a resilient 1-0 victory against Taffs Well to conclude the opening week of the term, Ammanford head to Ynys Park full of confidence and with a few new faces having been added to the squad prior to the beginning of the JD Cymru South Season.
The experienced Mark Jones joins the club following successful stints in the top flight with Llanelli, Carmarthen Town and Aberystwyth Town as well as periods with numerous clubs in the second tier. Former Swansea City Youth prospect Josh Hutchings has joined Town to add competition to Leo Jones and Jack Lansdown in the keeper position whilst Ellis Williams has moved westwards from Newport Saints FC to join Gruff Harrison’s charges.
Our opposition for Saturday’s game are Trefelin BGC. Having finished last season in the bottom 3, a relegation to the Ardal South West was expected however, an unexpected reprieve was given to them following the decision to keep Llanidloes in the JD Cymru North and run with a 17 team league (although it’s now at 16 following the withdrawal of Cefn Druids from the division).
They come into Saturday’s fixture looking for a positive reaction following a disappointing result in last Friday’s curtain raiser against the much fancied Cambrian and Clydach.
The man in the middle will be experienced official Thomas Bevan who has taken charge of numerous top flight fixtures. He will be assisted by David Badger and Philip Thomas on the line.
Town will be playing their changed red jersey at Ynys Park, the postcode of which is SA12 8RB. Kick off is at 2:30pm and a place in the third round of the Nathanial MG Cup is the prize for the winners. With both Cardiff City and Swansea City in the draw as well as the 12 Cymru Premier teams, a victory could set up a lucrative trip for the Black and Whites.