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Cwmamman set up tie with Seasiders

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CWMAMMAN earned a JD Welsh Cup third round tie with Welsh Premier League side Aberystwyth Town on Saturday (Nov 17), as they beat Blaenrhondda 2-1 at Grenig Park.

The visitors battled well and their shape and tactics often frustrated the home team meaning the home side were made to work hard for the win.

Cwm’s Ryan Hurlow had the best opportunities to score, especially in the first half but just couldn’t find the finish needed to round off his good work.

It took a penalty decision after 28 minutes to give Cwm the upper hand. Up stepped Cwm’s Ryan Thomas who fired his spot kick into the goal wrong footing the visitors goalkeeper to make it 1-0.

Blaenrhondda, to their credit, did not drop their heads and continued to be a thorn in the home side.

With minutes remaining in the first half a visitors free kick was floated into the Cwm penalty area and it was Huw Bowtell who got the final touch with his head and scored the equaliser for Blaenrhondda, 1-1.

Cwmamman started the second half in similar fashion to the first and the game was back and forth with neither side able to establish dominance.

It was only after 75 minutes of action that the deadlock was eventually broken when a defence splitting through ball found Cwm striker Ashley Curtis, who latched onto the pass and drove his low shot passed the advancing keeper into the net, 2-1.

It was Ashley Curtis’s seventh goal of the season and proved to be the decisive strike of the game.

Blaenrhondda’s task of getting back into the game was made harder as they had a player sent off soon after for a rash tackle.

The ten men battled on but more and more space was becoming available to the home team and a more comfortable feeling for the home support.

Late substitutions for the home team saw Nathan McNeil come on for full back Luke Allen, Brieg Matthews come on for forward Chrissy Allen and Calem Rees come on for striker Ashley Curtis.

Brieg Matthews almost added a third goal for Cwm although he wouldn’t have known much about it as the ball was cleared by the visitors which resulted in it hitting Brieg on his back and rebounding at pace just agonisingly wide of the goal much to the relief of the visitors.

The final whistle blew and Cwm Manager Eirian Rees was delighted with the win. The Amman Valley club now look forward to a mouth-watering cup tie against Welsh Premier League side Aberystwyth Town.

That tie will take place on Saturday, December 8, but before that the Blues return to action in Division 1 of the Welsh League with a trip to Pembrokeshire to take on Haverfordwest County on Saturday (Nov 24).

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Wales v Scotland postponed

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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.”

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Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended

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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.

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Static Bike Challenge

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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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