Carmarthen Town 1
CARMARTHEN began this match knowing that a win would give them a comfortable six-point advantage over their closest rivals Rhyl with just two matches remaining, and would have all but secured 7th position in the final Welsh Premier League table to claim the coveted UEFA qualifying play-off place.
However within 15 minutes of the start those prospects had been seriously damaged as the visitors stormed into a two-goal lead and went on to control the game, even during the last 35 minutes when they were down to ten men.
Yet the Old Gold started brightly and after only 3 minutes a poor clearance by ‘keeper Michael Askew was pounced on by Sacha Walters who played the ball across to Kyle Bassett and he took it forward before firing a 25 yard drive that Askew, diving at full-length, just managed to turn around the post.
But Rhyl responded positively, attacking at pace, and they went ahead in the 5th minute when Rob Hughes struck a crisp shot from the edge of the penalty area that took a fortunate deflection off Ceri Morgan and the ball fell nicely for Ashley Raune who fired it past ‘keeper Lee Idzi from close range.
This early pattern of rapid end-to-end play continued and on 10 minutes Morgan headed the ball through to Danny Thomas who released a superb 20 yard drive which drew an equally impressive save from Askew.
But Rhyl by now were playing with flair and confidence, they were quicker to the ball and making better use of it as they pressed forward with increasing urgency. And Town soon suffered a further setback when in the 15th minute Levi Makin sent a free-kick into the packed penalty area and after Idzi had produced a marvellous double save, acrobatically clawing one shot away from the goal-line, the ball eventually reached Ryan Astles who drove it back through a crowd of players past the unsighted keeper and into the back of the net.
Yet gradually the hosts, having withstood a further spell of pressure, began to force their way back into the game and on 24 minutes Walters won the ball off a defender in midfield and raced forward before striking a long-range effort just narrowly over the bar. The Old Gold continued to enjoy their fair share of possession but failed to provide any further threat on goal, while Rhyl, despite a series of counter-attacks, seemed unable to again break through the home defence.
But all that changed in the 41st minute when Hughes, who had already demonstrated some dazzling footwork on several occasions, scored an outstanding solo goal when from well inside his own half he surged forward through a number of feeble challenges to reach the penalty area and finished by sweetly curling the ball beyond Idzi’s reach and into the corner of the net.
And deep into added time Rhyl almost went further ahead as Hughes played a fine ball through to Tom Rowlands who raced clear into the penalty area only to see his sharp drive turned aside by Idzi with an inspired flying save.
After the interval Town were given an early boost, though not of their own making, when on 56 minutes the referee showed the yellow card to Rhyl defender David Thompson apparently for time-wasting at a throw-in and having been similarly cautioned for a foul in the first-half he was promptly sent-off.
Carmarthen failed to take advantage of their numerical superiority, while the players could not be faulted for their energy and commitment their collective performance continued to lack craft, vision and urgency and they rarely looked capable of penetrating the strong and disciplined Rhyl defence.
Meanwhile the visitors, although evidently content just to protect their comfortable lead, were still a threat on the counter-attack due largely to the pace and movement of Ruane and Hughes who continued to torment the home defenders.
However the Old Gold did manage a few isolated scoring opportunities. After 69 minutes Chris Hartland, from the left wing, sent a searching cross towards the far post where Chris Ham headed the ball back into the goalmouth and while that hit a defender Town’s young striker reacted quickly to reach the rebound but saw his instant angled close-range drive fly narrowly wide.
Then on 79 minutes Bassett delivered a long cross-field pass deep into the penalty area which Ham enthusiastically chased and he cleverly chipped the ball invitingly across the face of the goal where Jeff White was well placed to head it home. In added time Jordan Knott completed good work down the left flank by playing an astute pass back to Morgan who dispatched a promising 25 yard strike that was safely held by Askew.
With so much depending on this match it was a great disappointment for their fans that Town produced a dismal performance like this, although perhaps, given their generally poor form since Christmas, it was not entirely unexpected. It is now Rhyl and not the Old Gold who will approach the final two vital games of the League season with added enthusiasm and expectation.
Lee Idzi; Jordan Wells; Craig Hanford; Paul Fowler (sub Chris Hartland 54); Jordan Knott; Kyle Bassett; Ceri Morgan; Lewis Harling; Sacha Walters; Danny Thomas (sub Chris Ham 65); Luke Prosser (sub Jeff White 49);
Unused subs: Sion-Dafydd Williams; Hywel Llŷr; Glen Fearn
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.”
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.”
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.”
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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