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Cwmamman slide to 2-0 loss

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After the excellent win last week against top of the table Swansea University Cwm hoped to repeat the performance as they welcomed in form giant killers STM Sports to Grenig Park.
Cwm were again without 4 senior players due to injury and availability but went into the game with a lot of confidence. A cold dry day saw both sides looking to get warmed up quickly from the start and the game soon developed in to what was to be a hard fought end to end attacking match. The Blues saw 2 early chances go begging with Calem Rees just failing to get power behind a shot and then Ryan Thomas just curling a shot agonisingly past a post with the keeper beaten.
STM then had a goal disallowed for offside and on 15 min a poor clearance by Cwm saw a fierce swerving shot from outside the box rocketed home. Luke Williams was now starting to make inroads for Cwm with a shot fired over the bar when an innocuous knee injury forced him to leave the pitch to be replaced by Rob Morgans on 35 mins.
STM then had a period of pressure before the first half was brought to a close with a huge penalty shout for Cwm when Macsen Llewellyn was upended in the box. The second half was just as competitive with James Kirkwood producing a couple of great saves. The match then changed when a dangerous tackle went unchecked on a Cwm player and then following a tackle immediately afterwards by Calem Rees a melee in front of the STM bench saw him get a ref card on 53 mins.
The one man difference allowed STM to get a little more control in general play but apart from a great strike that hit the Cwm bar the Blues created the better of the chances with Llewellyn twice going close. Rob Jones , Liam Berner, Thomas and Llewellyn were having fine games for the Blues. The game was effectively gone on 73 mins which saw a punched clearance from Kirkwood fall to STM who rifled it in low and hard from the edge of the box.
Cwm continued to probe but STM’s recent big match experience held them in good stead. The crowd appreciated a brave performance having suffered an early loss through injury and being 10 men for a long period from a young Cwm side that saw 4 under 18 players in the side and which bodes well for future matches.

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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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