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Reds take giant leap towards Premier League

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Report by Alan Evans, photos by Darren Harries

THE Reds’ dream of promotion to the promised land of the Welsh Premier League became more of a reality with the defeat of their only serious rivals to the title, with goals by Chris Jones and Lee Trundle settling the issue before a record attendance of 504.

The win opens up a twelve point gap between the sides, and on the face of it, the championship is now the Reds’ to lose.

Both teams, however, have difficult end-of-season run-ins, with the Reds having just one more home game, followed by five successive trips, while Haverfordwest face an even more daunting prospect, with one home and seven away fixtures to fulfil

Fielding the same starting line-up as that which faced Cwmbran Celtic, the home side were the first to threaten, with Trundle forcing Conah McFenton in the visitors` goal to divert his shot on the turn around the post.

A short corner involving Antonio Facciuto and Jones led to the latter delivering a cross into the box, where a glancing header was turned over by McFenton.

It took just 7 minutes for the Reds to eventually go ahead after Trundle gained possession in the area from a Lee Bevan clearance and laid the ball into the path of Jones, who displayed some nice skills by turning a defender prior to firing across the keeper into the bottom corner.

Stung by this early setback, the Bluebirds retaliated with Alaric Jones finding Steff Williams with a low pass at the near post, and Craig Morris was forced to turn his finish around for a corner.

The visitors went close again, when Danny Williams met a deep diagonal cross on the volley, sending it just off target.

At the other end, Trundle was closed down by the attentions of two defenders as he attempted to get away his shot, and when James Loveridge became involved, his cross was headed clear.

Loveridge, it was, who came closest to doubling the Reds` lead when his free kick rebounded off the crossbar with McFenton beaten.

Narrowly ahead at the break, the hosts were off the pace after the restart, with their opponents, too, seemingly affected, and the contest drifted along without any notable goalmouth action at either end.

The pace did pick up somewhat as the game entered its final stages, with the Reds looking the more likely to chalk up another success, with McFenton called into action twice to deny Trundle when he got close to goal.

Liam Samuel, who had been introduced on 64 minutes in place of Kurtis March, was the next to threaten the visitors` goal when he was played in by Trundle, but his shot deflected off Bluebirds` defender, Tim Hicks, and inches past the upright.

With the contest in stoppage time and the home side just about hanging on to their slender lead, once again it was that man Trundle who applied the coup-de-grace when he accepted a long clearance from Bevan before holding off the attentions of a solitary defender and bursting clear with a run towards the target, before calmly slotting his finish past McFenton to seal the win and another three crucial points.

With the destiny of the title now firmly in their grasp, the Reds need to show some steely resolve in their remaining games to cap another outstanding season.

On Wednesday (Apr4), the Reds travel to meet Cwmamman United, kick off 6.30pm, while on Saturday (Apr 7), they welcome Monmouth Town to Stebonheath in their final home league game of the season, kick off is at 2.30pm.

On Tuesday, April 10, they defend their League Cup title when they take on Cwmbran Celtic in the semi-final of the competition at Afan Lido’s ground, with a 7.45pm start.

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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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