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Blues earn a point

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CWMAMMAN United travelled to a wet and windy Leckwith Stadium on Saturday (Jan 26) and came away with a point having come up against a resurgent Pontypridd.

Cwm once again had to ring the changes due to some unavailability of players with forwards Brieg Matthews and Calem Rees once again covering at full back but the management will have been relieved to have had the returning Chris Curtis in goal as he had an excellent match.

Ponty were on the front foot from the start and the threat was increasing gradually. Then on around nine minutes the Ponty winger cut inside at the edge of the box and sent a perfect curling shot into the left hand corner leaving Curtis with no chance.

The rain continued to come down heavily and Ponty created a couple of good chances that they should have put away.

They were then awarded a free kick on the edge of the box which saw another excellent curling shot on its way to goal.

As their players started to celebrate Curtis produced a superb save from nowhere. Then a few minutes later with a Ponty player through on goal Curtis produced another great save.

This finally stung Cwm into action and a cross from the overlapping Calem Rees just flew over the bar while some good close play Colin Harris fired a good shot which was tipped over the bar by the Ponty keeper.

The players went in at half time with the score 1-0 with Cwm needing to find a more consistent way into the game.

As they have done a number of times this season Cwm started the second half positively and started to grow into the game.

Chrissy Allen found some space at a corner but headed over and then some good interplay between Allen, Harris and Ryan Hurlow saw the keeper make a good save from close.

Then midway through the second half a good through ball from Ashley Johns saw Ashley Curtis surge into the box where he was pulled down. The referee waved play on but the linesman at that side flagged and after a discussion the penalty was given.

Colin Harris calmly stepped up and smashed it into the roof of the net. Cwm then survived a scare as some hesitancy in defence saw the Ponty centre forward chip the oncoming Curtis but his effort bounced off the crossbar.

With Nathan McNeill strong in defence and the hardworking Ross Morgan prompting attacks Curtis and Hurlow were beginning to find space and chances were now coming at both ends.

The final five minutes saw Cwm have their best chances with Colin Harris foiled by an excellent save around the post and some excellent individual play which saw him push past a couple of defenders to only see his shot go agonisingly wide of the post with the keeper beaten.

A 1-1 game which could easily have gone either way based on the chances created.

On Saturday (Feb 2) Cwm are again on their travels away at Briton Ferry Llansawel.

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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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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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