A healthy sized crowd saw Ammanford beat Mumbles Rangers 3-2 in their third pre-season friendly of the summer.

Both teams held a minute silence before kick off to pay their respects to Jeff Matthews’ family and friends on the recent passing of his father Andrew.

Jeff is well known in local football circles in the Amman Valley and was part of the successful management team that guided Mumbles Rangers to promotion to the Welsh League for the first time in their history.

Mumbles having been newly promoted to the Ardal South West League this coming season.

The game got off to a slow start with both teams getting up to the speed of the game but as the half wore on Mumbles looked the more threatening side, having the best chances.

They were unlucky not to take the lead with a shot that narrowly passed the left hand post of Joe Massoro's goal.

Mumbles did take the lead after 30 minutes with a well taken from a well-directed Elliot Smith header which nestled into the left hand corner of the goal, this coming seconds after they had hit the woodwork with a rasping drive from Club Captain Chrissy Allen.

South Wales Guardian: Action from the pre-season friendly. Picture: Naomi NewmanAction from the pre-season friendly. Picture: Naomi Newman

The beginning of the second half saw Massoro pull off a smart save to stop Mumbles doubling their lead.

Callum Silcox equalised for Ammanford in the 58th minute curling a smart shot inside the bottom right hand post.


Mumbles then had a goal disallowed when Elliot Smith was ruled to be offside before Lee Trundle put Ammanford ahead in the 70th minute, slotting past the keeper Callum Andrews when clean through played in with an accurate through ball from substitute midfielder Colin Harris.

Callum Silcox extended the lead with his second goal of the night in the 75th minute, firing into the top of the net from the edge of the area following a pass from Trundle.

Mumbles pulled one back with an exquisite lob from striker Elliot Smith into the net from close range in the 80th minute but were unable to find an equaliser in the ten minutes that remained.

An enjoyable match and a good pre-season run out for both teams.

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South Wales Guardian: Mumbles Rangers in the pre-match minutes silence. Picture: Naomi NewmanMumbles Rangers in the pre-match minutes silence. Picture: Naomi Newman