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Cwm stun the Bluebirds

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CWMAMMAN United’s Ryan Thomas scored twice against former club Haverfordwest County to help his side to a thrilling 3-2 victory at the Bridge Meadow on Saturday (Nov 24).

Haverfordwest took the lead twice in the first half but were pegged back on both occasions as the visitors showed plenty of fighting spirit.

After fourteen minutes the Bluebirds opened the scoring as Ben Fawcett’s shot crept under another ex-Bluebird, keeper Chris Curtis, and into the net.

However, the lead was short lived as Alaric Jones was adjudged to have fouled in the area which gave Thomas the chance to equalise from the spot. He did just that and the game was back in the balance.

Cwm continued to have chances but saw a number of efforts blocked. At the other end, Jack Wilson beat the keeper to the ball and squared across the box but Cwm were able to clear before an attacker could get on the end of it.

Ten minutes before half time Elliot Scotcher sent a corner into the box and captain Sean Pemberton rose highest to power his header into the net.

Again, Cwmamman were soon back level as they did well to win the ball back and the ball spilt kindly for Ryan Hurlow who ran on before shooting low under the keeper into the net.

The visitors were then forced into a double substitution as Declan John and Luke Allen went off injured with James Bryan and Chris Allen coming on.

With those injuries there was little action before the half ended and after Ashley Bevan saw a shot saved the referee blew for half time.

At the start of the second half the Blues of Cwmamman thought they had taken the lead but the goal was ruled out for an offside. Ricky Watts had given away the free kick and was shown a yellow card.

Haverfordwest also came close to breaking the stalemate as Elliot Scotcher sent a free kick into the box but the ball smacked against the post and was cleared.

Bevan then crossed for sub Steff Williams who tried a cheeky backheel but the Cwm keeper was equal to it and abe to make the save.

The home side’s hopes of winning the game were then dealt a blow as Watts was booked for a foul meaning he would be taking an early shower.

Both sides had chances to take the lead but were unable to find a way to goal and it looked as if the game would finish goalless.

Cwm’s Thomas had other ideas as he pounced on a loose ball to score his second and put his team ahead.

The win for the visitors keeps them fifth in the table two points behind the Bluebirds and five points behind the leaders.

On Saturday (Dec 1) Cwmamman United make their return to Grenig Park with a home game against Division 1 leaders Penybont

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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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