THE Carmarthenshire Football League beat their counterparts from Pembrokeshire 5-3 in an excellent game last night (Wednesday, October 25), thanks to a hat trick from Carmarthen Stars’ striker Sam Wilson.
The SB Williams Inter League game was played at a fast pace on Carmarthen Town’s 3G pitch and both sides played some excellent football.
The Carmarthenshire League took the lead after ten minutes when the ball was played in to the box and flicked to the back post for Trostre’s Jamie Jenkins to knock in.
However, six minutes later, Pembrokeshire were back level as Nicky Woodrow crossed into the box for Adam John who volleyed the ball home to make it 1-1.
Pembrokeshire had started with three at the back but that didn’t seem to work for them as Carmarthenshire retook the lead only two minutes later.
Llandeilo’s Owen James scored with a stunning strike that rocketed into the top corner of the net leaving keeper Patrick Hannon with no chance.
Pembrokeshire were being caught out on the wings and that led to Carmarthenshire’s Sam Wilson scoring the first of his three goals.
Wilson then grabbed his second goal of the game as he tapped in to make it 4-1 to the home side.
Carmarthenshire fully deserved their half time lead but the visitors changed their formation in the second half to a 4-4-2 system and they played a lot better after the break.
Fifteen minutes in to the second half roles were reversed as the outstanding John crossed into the box for Woodrow who powered his header home.
Chris O’Sullivan held things together well while the introduction of Will Haworth, Gethin Roberts and Henry Durrant was instrumental in tightening things up at the back.
On a couple of occasions, Pembrokeshire’s final ball was lacking and strikers Woodrow and Nathan Greene were unable to make a real difference.
Pembrokeshire did pull a goal back when the referee spotted a hand ball in the box and he pointed to the spot and Woodrow scored to make it 4-3.
Soon after, Wilson completed his hat trick to make it 5-3 and seal the win for the home side.
Pembrokeshire will look to bounce back in their next game in the competition when they take on the Neath League at Briton Ferry on Wednesday, November 29.
Carmarthenshire are also set to take on the Swansea League who currently sit top of the table.
Wales v Scotland postponed
WALES’ Six Nations match at home to Scotland on Saturday has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The two other Six Nation fixtures had already been postponed and no date has been confirmed to complete the 2020 Championship.
The Welsh Rugby Union had insisted earlier on Friday the game would “go ahead as planned”.
A WRU statement read: “The Welsh Rugby Union has maintained an open dialogue with, and continued to seek advice and direction from, the National Assembly for Wales and other stakeholders, including the Six Nations, on this fast-moving issue.
“Whilst medical advice remains consistent, we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries.
“The WRU would like to thank all parties for their counsel on the subject and will make further announcements with respect to rescheduling the fixture in the coming days.
“Every effort has been made to stage this game and we appreciate that individuals will have been inconvenienced. Given the fluid and unprecedented nature of this issue a postponement became the only viable option.”
Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended
THE FOOTBALL Association of Wales has today (13 March) taken the decision to suspend domestic football at all levels in Wales with immediate effect until April 4 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The intention at this time will be to resume the football schedule depending on the medical advice and conditions from the relevant authorities at that time.
The FAW is fully aware of the impact this will have on the domestic game but the health and safety of all fans, players, volunteers and stakeholders are of paramount importance.
The FAW will continue to monitor this situation on a day-by-day basis and will continue to provide updates when appropriate.
Static Bike Challenge
Firefighters from Llandelio Fire Station took part in a 22-hour static bike challenge to raise money for Llandilo Rural Fire Brigade who have been tirelessly battling the devastating bush fires in Australia. LLandilo town in Australia was named after Llandelio in Carmarthenshire and the Fire Stations have maintained their connection over the years.
Seeing the efforts and the devastation of the bush fires in Australia and the work and dedication from the Firefighters to ensure their communities are safe, crews from Llandelio decided to raise funds by undertaking a 22 hour cycle on static bikes to represent the time it takes to fly to Australia.
On the 15th February 2020 at 3pm the challenge started! The firefighters were split into two teams of five, with each team taking it in turn to cycle for 30 minutes each throughout the 22 hours. This ensured that they were continually cycling and whilst still being able to provide operational cover. All this took place during Storm Dennis and during the challenge crews were called out to a total of eight incidents, one of which was a property flooding, during which crews rescued 6 adults and 2 dogs from a potentially critical situation.
Watch Manager, John Herman from Llandeilio Fire Station said:
“This entire experience has brought the two fire stations closer together, and after keeping in contact throughout this last few months, we look forward to continuing that connection for years to come!”
Over the two days, crews welcomed many visitors who came to show their support and donate money to the charity. To date the figure stands at £2,500 which is equivalent to almost $4900 AUD, and this figure is still rising with donations coming in from schools, town councils and public donations! Crews would like to give a special thanks to Llandelio CP School and Ysgol Gynradd Ffaifach who raised collectively over £800 for the challenge.
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