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Reds slump to disappointing defeat

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Report by Alan Evans

TO say the Reds underperformed on Saturday (Feb 24), against opponents who were on a decent unbeaten run would be an understatement – they were awful, and while the visitors themselves were no great shakes, they were certainly far better than their hosts.

At least they tested Craig Morris in the home goal, whereas the shot-shy Reds` attack did not manage a single effort on target throughout.

Any ambitions of promotion to the Welsh Premiership look to be pie-in-the-sky on the evidence of this particular game, although the writing has been on the wall with only a point to show from the last three games, with a home defeat to Afan Lido, and a fortunate draw at lowly Monmouth Town.

The frustrating aspect to this dip in form is that, on their day, they are capable of holding their own with the best, but a collective lethargy seems to have enveloped the squad, and needs to be rectified sooner rather than later.

It was a depressing spectacle to watch with both sides struggling to put together any form of worthwhile moves, with possession being conceded far too easily and a distinct lack of any kind of flair to lift the contest out of mediocrity.

An utterly forgettable 20 or so minutes signalled what would come for the remainder of the clash, the only incident of note coming from the visitors when Dan Jarman forced Morris to turn his near post attempt for a corner.

A run by Tom Wright up the flank ended with Morris safely gathering his cross, while the Reds` keeper brought off a fine save to keep out a close range header following a Cai Smith corner.

Undy continued to be the far more menacing of the two sides, and a shot on the turn from Ryan Dorrion flew just off target before a further chance fell to Gareth Cullimore when Marcus Power found him in space, but he shot wide from a good position.

The half time interval arrived with neither side able to break the deadlock, but the Reds finally created virtually their first real chance with Jordan Follows sending his finish beyond the far post when set up by Luke Jones.

Undy, however, were still looking the more likely of opening the scoring, with a ball across the box by Ben Lawrence failing to pick out a colleague.

Ross Jones headed a cross by Follows on to the roof of the visitors` net, before the best chance to date fell to Undy`s Jamie Coombes, who had replaced Jarman, when he was put clear and rounded Morris, but then took too long over his finish and was forced wide, before managing to find Power who then attempted to return the compliment only for Coombes to be flagged offside.

It was becoming increasingly obvious the longer the game progressed that in the unlikely event of a goal being forthcoming, it would turn out to be the winner, and this proved to be the case when Undy finally got the breakthrough on 76 minutes through Paul Clayton, when a clutch of players went up to meet a corner and he found the net via the underside of the bar.

James Smallcombe in the Undy goal had barely been troubled by the toothless home attack, before he was finally called into action to divert a Follows effort for a corner.

Morris, who had been by far the busier keeper, made a good save to deny Chris Parry when an initial run by Coombes created the chance.

Just before the close, probably the Reds` best opportunity of getting something out of the contest fell to Luke Jones when he met a Follows delivery a few yards out, but even then his header failed to find the target.

A dispiriting display by the home side, and with some difficult fixtures still to come, a lot of hard work is needed if the aim of promotion is to be achieved.

On Saturday (Mar 3), the Reds make the short journey to meet Cwmamman United, kick off 2.30pm, while on Wednesday, March 7, they have a vital home game when they entertain Penybont, kick off 7.30pm.

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Canolfan Carwyn Sports Centre and Brynamman Lido to be transferred to a community groups

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A MULTI- SPORTS facility, at the heart of the Gwendraeth Valley, has been taken over by a local sports group, the Baton Twirlers.

The management of Canolfan Carwyn Sports Centre, which is owned by Carmarthenshire County, has been transferred to the Baton Twirlers Association Cymru (BTAC) via a lease agreement and will allow the public to continue to use the facilities at the centre.

Whilst Canolfan Carwyn Sports Centre is now the official home of BTAC its facilities are available for the local community and sports groups to be used.

An official reopening of the Centre, which bears the name of one of the Gwendraeth Valley’s most famous sons, under the new management of the BTAC was held on Sunday, October 2.

Speaking at the event, Jessica Shore Director of the Baton Twirlers Association Cymru (BTAC) said:

“We are thrilled to have worked with Carmarthenshire County Council to secure this sports centre on behalf of the local community and it’s a pleasure to welcome the public here today. We are looking forward to working with and hosting various community and sports groups at the Carwyn James Sports Centre.

“It also was very important to us to provide a home for baton twirling in Wales, and we will make great use of the excellent facilities here.”

Cllr. Gareth John, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Leisure, Culture and Tourism said “This is a great success story for the BTAC, the Gwendraeth Valley and the council as we have secured the future of the Carwyn James Sports Centre for the local community.

I would like to thank Baton Twirlers Association Cymru for their work and enthusiasm during the process of transferring management of the Sports Centre to them, as a community group, and I wish them the very best for the future.”

Plans approved to transfer management of Brynamman Lido

On Monday, October 3, the council’s Cabinet approved plans to lease the Brynamman Lido, which is held in trust by the Carmarthenshire County Council, to Brynamman Lido Limited under its asset transfer programme.

Under the proposed lease, Brynamman Lido Limited will take over the management of the lido with the intention to reopen the swimming pool for sporting, recreational and leisure activities.

Following the approval of the plans by the Cabinet, Cllr. Gareth John commented:

“We are pleased to be working with the local group in Brynamman to transfer the management and maintenance of the lido to the community.

“The transfer of this asset will allow Brynamman Lido Ltd to apply for funding via grants that would not be available to the County Council, and we will continue to work with them and provide support along the journey to reopening the lido to the community.”

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Latest recruit to Llandeilo’s Ashmole & Co team ‘converts’ his spare time into being a rugby referee

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Ashmole & Co have scored a try with their newest Trainee Accountant. The firm is delighted to announce that Aled Jones has recently started working for the successful accountancy team in the Llandeilo office.

Aled, who lives in Pontyberem, is a community rugby referee in his spare time. He referees senior rugby games on Saturdays and Junior rugby games on Sundays including cup matches. He is also involved in the Scarlets Cup Final at Parc y Scarlets and the Carmarthenshire cup finals.

Before joining Ashmole & Co Aled was a Personal Banker with Barclays Bank for five years. He studied AAT Level three at Coleg Sir Gar. Aled went to primary school in Pontyberem and secondary school in Ysgol y Gwendraeth.

Day to day with Ashmole & Co, Aled prepares and inputs clients’ sales and purchase invoices onto the accounting software; completes clients’ VAT returns and assists senior members of the team with the preparation of accounts. The most rewarding part of the job for Aled is hearing that the clients are happy.

Welcoming Aled to the team, Ceri Llwyd, Partner in the Llandeilo Ashmole & Co office, said, “We are delighted that Aled has joined our team in Carmarthenshire. He has fitted in well and is a pleasure to work with. I’ve told my rugby mad sons that they have to behave now when they play rugby on a Sunday in case Aled is their referee! It is great that he gives up his spare time to help local rugby clubs in this way.”
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Aled said, “I am grateful to Ashmole and Co, who are one of the most established and largest teams of chartered, certified accountants and auditors in south and west Wales, to give me this opportunity.”

Ashmole & Co offer financial support to a significant number of junior and professional sports teams across south Wales. The Llandeilo office has recently shown its support to Llandeilo RFC by contributing towards new tops for the juniors.

Ceri added, “As a rural firm that works with businesses in the area it is a pleasure for us to be able to lend our support to local sports teams.”

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Llangennech prove too strong for Penclawdd

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LLANGENNECH earned their fourth win in as many matches on Saturday (Oct 22) as they beat Penclawdd 38-10.

Jordan Saunders got the scoring underway with the first try of the game and Thomas Davies added the extras.

Penclawdd then levelled the scoring with a try from Daniel John Guarneri and Marcus Brown added the extras.

It remained 7-7 until half time with conditions proving tricky for both sides.

In the second half, Aaron Howles got the try to put Llangennech ahead but the conversion was missed.

Joseph Hutchings then extended the visitors’ lead with their third try and Davies added the extras to take the score to 7-19.

Penclawdd then responded with a penalty from Brown as the home side looked to get back into the game.

However, Llangennech soon had their fourth try and a bonus point as Howles touched down for his second try of the game and Davies added the extras.

Louis Rees then scored an unconverted try before replacement Hefin Jones went over for Llangennech’s sixth try, converted by Davies.

On Saturday, October 29, Penclawdd travel to Aberystwyth for their second game in the Division 1 Cup.

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