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Seconds earn a draw against Whitchurch

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ON Saturday, November 17, Carmarthen Ladies 2XI welcomed Whitchurch Saints 5th’s for their first meeting of the season.

The game started off strong from both sides with Carmarthen eager to get a goal from the start.

Carmarthen midfielders Lili Church and Lucy Davies held the centre well which allowed Carmarthen’s forwards Celyn Thomas, Charlotte Harries, Claire Evans and Ffion Raymond to get some attacking opportunities early on in the game. This put pressure on Saint’s defence as Carmarthen tried to break through their back line.

Carmarthen were awarded for their efforts with a short corner. A sweep from Kate Howell from the side of the ‘D’ was unfortunate to be kicked away by the Saint’s Keeper. This kick found Celyn Thomas on the penalty spot who calmly pushed the ball into the corner of the goal to put the home side into the lead, 1-0.

The half time whistle blew and after an effective team talk from Captain Charlotte Harries, Carmarthen were confident and eager going into the second half.

Carmarthen started with first back which created some excellent play but Whitchurch Saints were eager to get back into the game and started breaking through Carmarthen’s defence. Carmarthen’s defence held strong with Siriol Richards, Marianne Spratt, Elinor Routley and Leia Thomas working hard to keep the ball away from keeper Janine Owen.

Owen displayed some excellent saves but with the persistent attacking efforts in Carmarthen’s ‘D’ by the Saints, Carmarthen were unfortunate to concede a goal, 1-1.

Both teams could see that this was a close game now and pushed themselves to the limit to try and get back into the lead. Carmarthen used their young team well by connecting together and moving the ball up the pitch as a unit.

Wingbacks Sioned Raymond, Kate Howell and Caitlin Marshall worked effortlessly together to transfer the ball up from the defence to the forwards making some promising play.

Carmarthen started to tire which allowed Saints to make some breaks attacking up the pitch. Leia Thomas highlighted her ability in defence when making some goal saving tackles to clear the ball away from Carmarthen’s ‘D’. Carmarthen continued to defend hard but were unfortunate when Saints managed to slip the ball in to put them in the lead for the first time in the game, 2-1.

This gave Carmarthen the push they needed as they knew they didn’t have a lot of time to get back into the game. Carmarthen pushed hard in the last part of the game with Raymond, Davies and Church getting the ball from the centre to the wings which saw some close calls in Saint’s ‘D’.

With the last play of the game, Carmarthen’s heads were held high which showed their team spirit. A ball from Richards to Raymond found Celyn Thomas on the p spot who pushed it passed the goalie with ease, making the final score 2-2 in the last few seconds of the game.

Sioned Raymond was awarded man of the match from both team for her effective attacking and defending play throughout the match. Ffion Raymond was also praised for her excellent play in her 2nd’s debut.

Carmarthen 2XI will train hard this week before their upcoming away game to Whitchurch Saints 6th’s this 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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