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Cwmamman set for Seasiders tie

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CWMAMMAN United and Aberystwyth Town are set to do battle for a place in the next round of the JD Welsh Cup on Saturday (Dec 8).

Cup fever will come to Grenig Park on Saturday with both sides keen to progress further in the competition.

However, the Welsh League Division 1 team will be looking to cause a big upset against their Welsh Premier League opponents.

Confidence is high in the Cwmamman camp going into the match having beaten Haverfordwest County 3-2 in their last match at the Bridge Meadow.

Despite their game being postponed last weekend (Dec 1) the Blues took full advantage to get in another training session and step up their preparations for the forthcoming Cup game.

The Management team of Cwmamman United were more than pleased with their team’s spirit and were buoyed by the application of the players ahead of the Cup game.

The Management team also stated: “The Seasiders will provide formidable opponents for Cwmamman and we will show them every respect that they deserve. However this is a Cup game and with a little luck and determination then who knows what may happen on the day.

“We will all prepare as we normally do for this game but we can tell that there is an extra spring in the step of our players who are really looking forward to this encounter.”

The Club Committee and everyone connected with the Club are really upbeat for the game and a warm welcome awaits the travelling Green Army.

The Green Army will also be in confident mood ahead of the game as their side have gone seven matches unbeaten in the WPL.

That seven match run includes a famous victory over Champions TNS and two stunning comeback wins against Bala Town and Cardiff Met.

They had to settle for a draw in their most recent game with Carmarthen Town and the team sitting fifth in the WPL table will prove a tough opposition to crack.

Cwmamman United won 2-1 against Blaenrhondda in the previous round and also had a 4-0 win against Dinas Powys in the first round.

With Premier League teams entering at the third round stage, Aber will be keen to avoid a slip up.

The Black and Greens were beaten finalists in last year’s competition and will be eager to return to the final to go one better in 2019.

The game kicks off at 1.30pm, so get down to Grenig Park to see what should prove to be an excellent cup tie.

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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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