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Carmarthen and Llanelli look to avoid upsets

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CARMARTHEN Town and Llanelli Town will both look to avoid cup upsets on Saturday (Dec 8) as they play their JD Welsh Cup third round matches.

Carmarthen Town are away to Welsh League Division 1 side Goytre United while Llanelli Town are also on the road as they go Anglesey to take on Llangefni Town.

Llangefni have enjoyed a good run so far having won in the North section of the cup beating Saltney Town 4-0 to qualify for the main draw.

In Round 1 they beat Borth United 2-0 and they followed that up with a 5-1 thumping of St Asaph in Round 2.

The North-Walians currently sit top in Division 1 of the Welsh Alliance League with eight wins and a draw from their ten games so far this season.

It means they will likely provide stiff competition for Andy Hill’s Reds who currently sit second bottom in the Welsh Premier League.

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The Reds have three wins and two draws from their sixteen league games so far but have a draw and a win from their last two matches.

They will be looking to keep their mini run going into the Welsh Cup and a win could give them a boost ahead of League games away to Cardiff Met and at home to Bala Town.

Carmarthen have had a similarly tough start to their Welsh Premier League season with just four wins and four draws to their name so far.

They also have a similar record to the Reds from their last two games and will again be looking to enjoy a good cup run.

The Old Gold reached the quarter final stages last season before being beaten by Aberystwyth and they will be hoping for a repeat of that run.

They come up against a Goytre United side currently sitting seventh in Division 1 of the Welsh Leagues.

Like Carmarthen they also have four wins and four draws from their twelve games so far this season.

They enjoyed a 6-1 thrashing of Port Talbot Town in their last match and they are a team that has goals in them having drawn 3-3 with Undy and rivals Goytre 4-1 in previous matches.

They will also provide a stiff test for the Old Gold and Manager Neil Smothers told the Herald: “The game against Goytre is one that we are very much looking forward to. The Welsh cup is always a big occasion for us and one we always look forward to playing in.

“The draw has given us a tricky away one with Goytre being an excellent club that have some very good players and a good management team, added to that they have some ex-players and it will be an extremely tough game (but it will also be good to catch up with some players).

“We will prepare correctly and will not be taking anything for granted but we are certainly looking forward to the challenge.”

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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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