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Cwm do the double over Bluebirds

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CWMAMMAN United once again showed their qualities as they did the double over Haverfordwest County on Saturday (Mar 9), beating them 3-2 at Grenig Park.

The Blues beat the Bluebirds by the same scoreline in November at the Bridge Meadow but with both sides looking to consolidate their places near the top of the table this was always going to be a fascinating battle.

It started slowly with both sides probing and after ten minutes Cwm had the only half chance with a great through ball to Ryan Hurlow who saw his shot saved.

The game then saw a key moment when the Bluebirds’ No 9 Ben Fawcett was sent off for a reckless two footed tackle on Colin Harris.

Initially this did not seem to affect Haverfordwest who kept to their calm structured build ups and their 10 men were having the better of the game.

They were then rewarded when a long through ball evaded the Cwm defence and Wilson rounded the keeper for 1-0.

Cwm were stirring though and Ashley Johns, Declan John and Calem Rees were now finding space from the back with Ross Morgan, Harris and Ryan Thomas increasingly dominant in midfield but Cwm could just not find the killer pass.

Chris Curtis in goal who was continually marshalling his defence was called upon to produce some important blocks as Haverfordwest resorted to the counter attack.

It was Cwm however who got the break just before half time when Nathan Mcneill powered a magnificent header home for 1-1.

From the very start of the second half Cwm could smell blood and they then entered a dominant 25 minute period where they created a number of chances and scored twice.

With Chrissy Allen now linking well with wingers Ashley Curtis and Hurlow the pressure had to tell.

First Hurlow chased a ball to the byline and despite a heavy tackle managed to regain his feet and twist and squeeze the ball in past the despairing keeper.

The third goal came after two great efforts from Ryan Thomas with Hurlow again on the scene for the second one to tap the rebound home.

The final twenty minutes saw a change in the dynamic as the Bluebirds chased the game and Cwm sat back on their lead.

The injured Mcneill was replaced by Ben Thomas and Cwm then brought on club captain Gareth Howarth returning from injury and Brieg Matthews.

The inevitable happened and with five minutes remaining Haverfordwest were awarded a penalty which they emphatically put away to make it 2-3.

That set up a nervous last few minutes for both the Cwm players and the crowd but they saw it through for what was an excellent victory.

It doesn’t get any easier for Cwm as they travel to Bridgend to play unbeaten top of the table Penybont on Saturday (Mar 16) at 2:30pm.

On the same day Haverfordwest will look to bounce back as they host second from bottom Taffs Well.

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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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