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TOWN LOSE GROUND IN PLAY-OFF PUSH

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Bangor City 1

Carmarthen Town 0

CARMARTHEN continued their largely unproductive Welsh Premier League second-phase programme with another generally disappointing performance at Bangor who snatched victory with a goal midway through the second-half that owed more to a moment of woeful Town defending than inspired attacking play.  Yet the Old Gold began quite brightly and with the benefit of a strong following wind they put the City defence under pressure for a lengthy spell but without, initially, looking capable of creating any serious goal threat.

Then with ten minutes on the clock Chris Ham from the right touchline sent a searching cross deep into the goalmouth where Cortez Belle stretched to stab the ball goalwards only to be denied by ‘keeper Connor Roberts with a fine reflex save.  Moments later Craig Hanford launched a long free-kick into the penalty area but Belle, rising high amongst several defenders, directed his header over the bar. Then after 23 minutes Liam Thomas chased a long forward pass to the by-line before crossing the ball to the far side of the penalty area where Kyle Bassett cleverly set up a wonderful chance for Belle but, from 15 yards and in clear space, he wastefully volleyed too high.  Up to that point the hosts had been confined to just occasional counter attacks but Town’s defence, featuring the central partnership of Hanford and Chris Thomas with Luke Cummings and Jordan Knott on the flanks, were playing with composure and discipline and the only notable scoring effort had been a speculative long-range drive by Sion Edwards that ‘keeper Lee Idzi dealt with comfortably.

But from now on City, having resisted that early pressure, began to enjoy a greater share of possession and look more of a threat going forward.  On 28 minutes Lee Healey cut inside from the right touchline and drove the ball towards the goalmouth where Liam Caddick connected with a smart close-range shot that was diverted wide of the post by Chris Thomas’ timely challenge. Then after 35 minutes Healey again raced down the right-wing and slipped past Hanford to reach the edge of the penalty area only for his crisp angled strike to fly over the bar.   Too often during the first-half the play was confined to uneventful midfield exchanges with neither side apparently possessing sufficient flair and invention to raise the entertainment level of the match to anything more than minimal – and after 45 minutes 0-0 was an entirely fitting score-line.

Following the interval the Old Gold had an early opportunity when Idzi sent a huge free-kick deep into the penalty area to reach Belle who headed the ball back to Liam Thomas but he saw his promising 20 yard drive blocked in front of goal by a defender. Bangor, now able to take advantage of the strong wind, held the initiative and were gradually building a worrying attacking momentum. Town meanwhile were forced to defend deeper and rely on their only apparent outlet, persisting with their earlier uninspiring ‘routeone’ strategy of pumping long balls upfield towards Belle in the hope that with his height and strength something favourable might happen – it never did.

In fact their best chance, on 58 minutes, began with an astute lofted pass by Sacha Walters which set Bassett free to burst forward from the halfway line in typically robust style but, having outpaced two defenders, as he reached the edge of the penalty area he took one touch too many on the ball and lost possession as Connor Roberts, advancing off his goal-line, dropped down smartly and smothered it. City immediately responded with defender Chris Roberts surging through the centre before releasing a fierce longrange drive that Idzi turned over the bar with a stylish save.

But they soon went ahead when on 65 minutes as Edwards sent an inviting cross into the goalmouth where, despite the presence of three defenders, Callum Morris was allowed the time and space to control the ball and drill it into the corner of the net from 8 yards leaving Idzi well beaten. Spurred by that success Bangor proceeded to control the rest of the game although they managed very few decent scoring chances.

In the 89th minute Healey raced forward to the corner of the penalty area but saw his sharp strike fly just wide of the post – then deep into added time he was involved again playing a fine pass through to Sam Faulkner who was in clear space and from 20 yards he tried to lift the ball over Idzi as he advanced from his goal but Town’s experienced ‘keeper stretched high to claw it away to safety. Carmarthen have now seen the comfortable nine point advantage that they held over Rhyl at the start of the WPL second phase reduced to nil with their rivals now occupying, on goal difference, the vital UEFA qualifying play-off place.

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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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