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Ammanford win again

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Pontypridd Town 1-2 Ammanford

THEY say that winning becomes a habit and Gruff Harrison’s Ammanford Team are enjoying a winning streak at present as they extended their consecutive unbeaten run to five games on Wednesday night (Sept 25).

On a rain sodden pitch at Aberaman Park, Aberdare, the Ammanford Players were all smiles as they headed back up the steps at full time to the shelter of their dressing room.

Ammanford played in their emerald green away kit and were cheered on by their hardy supporters sat high in the stand above the pitch.

The first half was a stalemate with both defences on top.

For Pontypridd their evergreen striker Luke Gullick had half chances but couldn’t convert whilst Jones, Trundle and Frater were causing problems for the home defence .

It was 0-0 at the interval and a fair reflection of the game.

The second half came to life in the 53rd minute when Ammanford’s Gavin Jones played in team mate striker Craig Frater who held off his marker and slotted the ball into the back of the Ponty net, 0-1.

Thirteen minutes later Ammanford midfielder Andy Robinson unleashed a powerful shot that sailed over the Ponty crossbar.

Ponty were coming back into the game and Ammanford’s Goalkeeper Craig Morris was being forced into making some fine stops.

However things got worse for the home team as Ponty’s James Bloom picked up his second yellow card of the game after 77 minutes and received his marching orders from the referee.

As Ponty reorganised, it was Ammanford who struck again in the 82nd minute when a weaving run from Andy Robinson resulted in his strike beating the Ponty Goalkeeper to double Ammanford’s lead, 0-2.

Ammanford, with Ponty down to ten men and two nil up, were content to see the game out, but credit to Ponty as they continued to play football.

Deep into stoppage time their striker Luke Gullick pulled a consolation goal back.

Ammanford weathered the final minute of the game and were jubilant at their latest away win.

Ammanford’s next JD Cymru South game sees them host Goytre United on Friday, October 4.

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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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