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Blues earn first win

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ON a sunny summer Friday evening (Aug 23) at Grenig Park, Cwmamman took on an experienced Cwmbran Celtic in the second round of JD Cymru South fixtures.

It was the first ever match under the impressive new floodlights, on the night it was a lively and positive encounter with Cwmamman coming out 2-1 winners to gain their first points of the new league campaign.

A good crowd of over 100 in Glanaman saw an exciting end to end match which was a great advertisement for the coming season for both teams.

It was Cwmbran Celtic with the initial early pressure having successive corners, though both teams had clear chances to score with Chris Allen coming close with a header and Celtics’ Chris Ham forcing a great save from Blues’ keeper Dylan Thomas.

On the 39th minute it was Celtic’s winger Jordan Clarke that scored with a smart tap in from 5 metres following a rare Blues defensive slip up, 1-0 to Cwmbran.

The first half finished with some strong attacking play from Blues newcomers Rob Morgans and Sam Harrison.

The second half brought, both the new floodlights and a re-energised Blues with Calem Rees and Nathan Davies driving out from the defence.

Soon it became all Cwmamman possession with experienced midfielders Ross Morgan and Luke Williams threatening the Celtic goal and forcing great saves from experienced Celtic goal keeper Scott James.

More and more Blues pressure finally came with Chris Allen winning a deserved penalty on the 71st minute that resulted in a penalty that Ryan Thomas scored from, 1-1, Cwmbran also had key defender Dion Molyneux sent off by Referee Teifion Cook.

Almost from the restart Blues scored with a second penalty kick following a clear Celtic handball, it was that man again Ryan Thomas that smashed the penalty kick in , 2-1 to Cwmamman.

The Blues continued to push forward after taking the lead, both Luke Williams and Ryan Thomas almost scoring a third Cwmamman goal.

But in the final minutes Cwmbran Celtic finished the match strongly, but the Blues central defence held firm through the strong defence of captain Gareth Howarth and Rob Jones.

Overall a fine, first home floodlit match that showed lots of skill and energy from the Blues, and a brave, battling 2-1 win.

Following the match Manager Ryan Stephens said: “It’s our first JD Cymru South win and I am pleased both with the result and more importantly how the whole first team played. I wish Cwmbran Celtic all the best for the coming season”.

The Blues First team now travel away to Taffs Well AFC on August 27.

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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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