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Old Gold earn a point against Briton Ferry

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AFTER the excitement of the TNS Welsh Cup match last weekend Carmarthen returned to the no less pressing matter of making progress in the Cymru South League on Saturday (Oct 23).

Although ahead of them were Briton Ferry who have made a strong start to the season and were third in the League going into this match.

The opening stages of this match were fairly uneventful with both sides making a cautious start and seemingly content to simply keep possession whenever possible.

The Old Gold however were gradually showing more adventure and urgency as their midfield unit of Tom Dyson, Greg Walters and Matthew Delaney became increasingly influential.

And it was Dyson, in the 17th minute, who initiated the first notable scoring opportunity when he sprinted along the right touchline then sent a searching cross into the goalmouth where Noah Daley saw his smart close-range header crash against the bar before the ball was cleared away to safety by a defender.

Town continued to press forward and on 26 minutes Delaney fired a 25 yard free-kick into the crowded penalty area where Lee Surman timed his arrival perfectly only to direct his firm header narrowly wide of the far post.

During that early spell the visitors had managed to make some occasional breaks deep into the Carmarthen half but the home defence had never been noticeably stretched nor was goal-keeper Scott James called into serious action.

However in the 30th minute all that changed. Trystan Jones, inside the penalty area, was robbed of possession by Corey Hurford who, from near to the by-line, drove the ball into the goalmouth where former Old Gold striker Mark Jones reacted swiftly and fired his close-range shot beyond James’ reach and into the far corner of the net.

Spurred by that success the visitors became far more competitive and enjoyed a much greater share of possession than earlier.

Even so they were unable to again breach Town’s defence in this spell. Indeed, the only significant scoring opportunity before half-time arose at the other end of the pitch.

On 46 minutes a smartly taken throw-in by Jordan Vickers near to the corner flag reached Delaney close to the by-line – he in turn sent a fine pass back to Daley who, from a good position, drove the ball into the side-netting.

After the interval the Old Gold wasted no time in getting back on level terms. In an explosive opening they surged upfield from the re-start and forced a corner-kick which Tom Dyson sent deep into the packed goalmouth to reach Surman just beyond the far post – he leapt high to head the ball back into the crowd of players where Daley was quickest to react and fired his crisp drive into the net.

The match quickly developed into an absorbing end-to-end affair.  On 57 minutes Dyson sent a fine pass through to Daley just inside the penalty area – he swiftly released a smart angled shot that goal-keeper Conah McFenton, diving quickly down, turned aside.

With the direction of play switching rapidly the home goal soon came under threat when after 71 minutes Cory Woods struck a powerful long-range free-kick but James, with a remarkable full-length save, cleared the danger.

Then on 80 minutes another recent former Carmarthen striker, Luke Bowen, crossed the ball into the goalmouth where Joe Hunt, from a good position, wastefully planted his close-range header high over the bar.

The Old Gold too were striving to secure a late winning goal – in the 83rd minute Vickers launched a fine long pass that set Daley racing free upfield and into the penalty area only to strike his angled drive wide of the goal.

However the last of the goalmouth action, on 88 minutes, arose at the other end of the pitch when Bowen broke free of Town’s defenders and into the penalty area only to be denied a match-winning goal by James, alert to the danger, who raced swiftly out of his goal and bravely dived down at the striker’s feet to claim the ball.

From there on, into a lengthy spell of added time, the Old Gold comfortably held on to the precious point which was the least that they deserved. At the forefront of that late period of action was experienced midfielder Greg Walters who had spent the entire match seemingly everywhere on the pitch when extra help and guidance was needed.

So, Town’s unbeaten run in the CSL now stretches to seven matches and since four of the next six programmed fixtures involve teams at or near the bottom of the League table there is reason to hope that further progress can be made.

Carmarthen’s next fixture is away against Afan Lido on Saturday, October 30, k/o 2.30pm, while the following match is also away against Port Talbot on Saturday, November 6, k/o 2.30pm – both fixtures are for Cymru South League matches.

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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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