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Blues pegged back by Celtic

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HONOURS were even at Grenig Park after Cwmbran snatched a deserved equalizer in the 91st minute on Saturday (Dec 29) to earn a 2-2 draw with Cwmamman United.

The game was played at a frantic pace in difficult conditions. The home sides’ first chance came after 15 minutes when Ryan Hurlow rounded the keeper out wide but his goal bound shot was cleared off the line from a Cwmbran defender.

Cwmamman took the lead on 20 minutes when a free kick was sent into the box and the visitors were unable to clear and Nathan McNeil slotted the ball home.

On 25 minutes Cwmamman were unlucky to have Colin Harris sent off for a lunging tackle which seemed very harsh.

Cwmbran then minutes later were down to 10 themselves when Rhys Williams stamped on McNeil and was shown a straight red for violent conduct.

With the first half drawing to a close Cwmbran equalized (46 minutes) through their prolific scorer Chris Ham.

The second half started bright for the home side and Brieg Matthews chipped the keeper from 20 yards but his effort was ruled off side by the assistant.

Cwmbran were starting to stamp their authority on the game but it was Cwmamman who regained the lead on 62 minutes through another free kick which was powerfully headed in by Chris Allen.

Cwmbran were now looking for the leveller and were pushing men forward but some great defending from Gareth Howarth and McNeil kept them at bay.

Robert Jones in goal making his first start of the season pulled off two remarkable saves.

Cwmamman had a great opportunity to finish off the game but Calem Rees seemed to take the wrong option and tamely kicked the ball straight to the keeper.

With Cwmamman hanging on the sucker punch came on 91 minutes when Louis Feeley toe-poked the ball into the net after Cwmamman failed to clear their lines.

This was a fair result in the end and now Cwmamman look forward to their derby clash with Ammanford on Saturday (Jan 5).

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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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