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Honours even in Amman valley derby



AMMANFORD and Cwmamman United were made to share the spoils in front of over 300 people in the second Amman Valley derby of the season on Saturday (Jan 5).

In a hotly contested fixture, both sides were reduced to ten men early in the second half as both Dale Jones and Brieg Matthews were given their marching orders.

Ryan Hurlow gave Cwmamman the lead, and the away side missed a golden opportunity when Morris saved their spot kick. Before, Ammanford secured an equaliser late on through winger Liam Samuel, as both sides had to settle for a draw.

It was the hosts who dominated the early proceedings and set the tone for the second local derby of the season.

On the back of an impressive November, Ammanford were confident of usurping their local neighbours who had enjoyed six wins to begin the season.

Richie Lewis appeared to be the focal attacking outlet of Ammanford’s attacking plan, as the former Llanelli man was pushed forward to accommodate captain Rhys Fisher back into the line-up.

However, the wide men saw his early tame effort saved with ease.

The first half was dominated by the focus on the midfield battle, and Dale Jones’ presence at the base of Ammanford’s midfield proved pivotal in hindering the Cwmamman attack.

Both Liam Samuel and Enoch had opportunities but provided little threat to Chris Curtis in the visitors’ goal.

However, the away side did carve out a great opportunity half an hour in, as pacey wide-man Hurlow darted through on goal, but right-back Nich Arnold made an expertly timed last ditch tackle to halt the attacker as he was about to test Morris with an effort on goal.

Liam Samuel attempted to set up Alfie Stottor, when he delicately chipped a ball into space for the former Haverfordwest man to fire an effort in on goal, but Stottor, who has found the back of the net seven times already in the league this season, couldn’t get a clean strike away.

Five minutes before the interval, Cwmamman target man Christian Allen was given a half chance when he brought the free kick down with his chest before volleying wide of the mark, and he again tested Morris with a diving header, but Morris held on.

The second period saw the tables turned as Cwmamman dominated the play, and the away side were given a boost when tenacious midfielder Jones was given his second yellow for a late challenge.

In the aftermath of the dismissal, Brieg Matthews was given a straight red card that saw both sides reduced to ten men each, mirroring the matchup between the two sides at Grenig Park earlier this season.

A tactical switch at halftime saw Hurlow switch sides, which provided already cautioned defender Rhys Fisher with a difficult task in the second half, and it proved the case as Hurlow darted through on goal on 57 minutes but fired just passed the post.

But Hurlow remained a menace going forward and eventually his persistence up top paid off, as he put Morris under pressure as the goalkeeper hesitated to collect a ball and the attacked pounced to tap home and send the away side ahead.

Matthew Jones was brought on to replace Fisher to try and plug the hole, but with 74 minutes gone Nick Glendon handed Cwmamman a penalty after a clumsy challenge inside the area.

However, Morris dived low to his left to turn away Ashley John’s spot kick.

The save handed Ammanford a lifeline, as Harrison rung the changes and added tireless winger Ricky Martin to press Cwmamman’s defensive line.

The pressure eventually took its toll, as a mix up at the bag allowed Mathew Fisher and Craig Frater in on goal. However, Frater fired straight at Curtis, but Liam Samuel was on hand to fire home the rebound.

The goal provided Ammanford a morale boost, as the crowd roared the home side on to chase the winner. Craig Frater had an opportunity late on, but from the edge of the area he placed his effort just passed Curtis’ right hand post.

The referee drew to a close an intense and passionate Amman Valley derby, celebrated in the honour of supporting Paul’s Pledge, in a game which both sides felt they should have won, but a game in which a draw was probably deserved.

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



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



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



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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