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Old Gold too good for Blues

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ON an extremely wet and windy Saturday afternoon (Aug 10) at Richmond Park, Cwmamman took on an experienced JD Cymru Premier Carmarthen team and eventually went down 4-1.

It was a harsh scoreline for the Blues who competed well throughout the game against their premier league opponents. Carmarthen Town now progress into Round Three of the Nathaniel MG Cup.

Despite the conditions it was a lively and positive encounter, both the teams having plenty of chances to attack and score.

A good crowd with a large travelling contingent from Cwmamman saw an exciting end to end match which was a great advertisement for the coming season for both teams with Blues Manager Ryan Stephens and Old Gold Manager Neil Smothers using all their substitutes.

It was Cwmamman with the initial early pressure having the first corner following a strong run by experienced forward Ashley Curtis but on the 13th minute Carmarthen then scored from a fluent counter attack with a smart strike from Chris Jones, 1-0.

Soon after Ryan Thomas and Nathan Davies came close for the Blues and then on 35 minutes Cwm’ got the deserved equalizer with a superb close finish by Chrissy Allen following a fine Luke Williams cross, 1-1 and game on.

Photo by Darren Harries

The first half finished with some strong defending from Blues Captain Gareth Howarth and defenders Nathan Davies, Calem Rees, Rob Jones and goalkeeper James Kirkwood keeping Cwmin the game under some severe pressure.

The second half saw Carmarthen start strongly and on the 50th Minute Luke Bowen put Carmarthen Town 2-1 up with a simple tap in at the Blues far post from a well worked move.

Cwmamman battled back through midfielders Ross Morgan and Sam Harrison with Luke Williams forcing a good save from Golds keeper Lee Idzi while Ashley Curtis had some great runs up the right wing forcing a number of Blues corners.

On the 66th Minute Curtis picked up a nasty knee injury causing a delay and impacting the Blues rhythm. He was replaced by Ryan Hurlow.

Six minutes later Old Gold striker Luke Bowen effectively sealed the match with his second and Carmarthen’s third goal from close in.

Towards the end, both Ryan Thomas for the Blues and Greg Waters for the Golds came close to scoring but in the final moments of the match impressive substitute Josh Bull made the score 4-1 to Carmarthen.

Brothers: Liam and Ryan Thomas

At the end of the match it was great to see brothers and players Liam Thomas (Carmarthen Town) and Ryan Thomas (Cwmamman), shake hands and walk off together.

Overall an entertaining cup tie but a tough score-line for Cwmamman in a game that was full of pace with little respite and showing lots of skill and energy from both teams.

Following the match Blues Manager Ryan Stephens said: “It’s always a tough challenge coming to Richmond Park in the cup but I think we had some good moments. We were 1-1 at half time and I do feel this match will push us on for the start of the league next week. I wish Carmarthen Town well in the next round and a good season in the JD Cymru Premier league”.

The Blues now start their JD Cymru South league campaign on Saturday (Aug 17) away to STM Sports of Cardiff, kick off 2.30pm.

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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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