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Valuable win for Ammanford

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IT was all smiles again at Windmill Lane on Saturday (Aug 31) as Ammanford picked up a valuable away win at the home of Llantwit Major.

Manager Gruff Harrison will be well pleased with his team’s performance.

The win was well deserved and I don’t think the most ardent home supporters would disagree.

The game got off to a great start when after 9 minutes, Ammanford striker Lee Trundle broke free and unleashed a rasping shot that beat the outstretched dive of the home Goalkeeper and struck the back of the net with some venom! The home defence could only look on and admire the finish.

Ammanford were in control of the game despite the blustery conditions.

The home side found it difficult to break the shackles of the Ammanford midfield and defence.

Ammanford, with Trundle, Frater, Jones and Martin were always a threat on the counter attack.

The home side’s best chance of an equaliser came ten minutes before the break when a long range shot flashed over the visitors crossbar.

Ammanford played into the wind in the second half and continued to control the pace of the game.

Ricky Martin and Gavin Jones with the support from the Ammanford full backs Mathew Jones and Richard Lewis were causing their opponents problems.

A Craig Frater long range effort almost caught the home Goalkeeper out, but the ball bounced to safety over the crossbar.

Gavin Jones came close as his effort from close range hit the crossbar.

Ammanford midfielders Dale Jones and Ben Soal were finding space away from their markers and in the 63rd minute it was Ben Soal who hit a speculative 35-yard screamer of a shot which dipped and swerved in the blustery wind.

The Llantwit Goalkeeper got right underneath the ball and slightly misjudged the flight and deflected the ball onto the underside of the crossbar and over his goal line. The Assistant Referee raised his flag immediately to signal the goal!

Ammanford were totally in the box seat of this game and seemed to be cruising towards victory.

However in the 68th minute Ammanford’s Centre Back Nick Glendon misjudged his tackle and was adjudged to have brought down his man on the edge of his penalty area.

It was Glendon’s second yellow card of the game and he saw the referee brandish his red card.

Ammanford, now down to ten men, had to regroup and sacrificed forward Craig Frater for defender Nich Arnold.

Further Ammanford substitutes were made with Bruno Forkouh and Tristan Jenkins coming on.

Llantwit Major saw a chink of light and pushed forward looking to get themselves back in the game.

Lee Trundle settled any late nerves in the 80th when he controlled the ball and  pushed it in front of him then rocketed in his second goal of the game.

Llantwit Major to their credit never gave up and forced Ammanford Goalkeeper Craig Morris into making some fine saves.

The home team did eventually get a consolation goal in the 91st minute when a low cross was played across the Ammanford six yard area and was turned into the Ammanford net.

At the final whistle it was a joyous Ammanford team and their travelling support that were celebrating.

Ammanford entertain Cwmbran Celtic at home on Saturday, September 7.

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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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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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