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Ammanford storm to a home win



RAIN, wind, and even hail stones could not dampen an excellent game of football on Friday evening (Nov 26) as Ammanford came out on top in an eight-goal thriller against Trefelin.

A good following from the visitors Trefelin ensured a noisy home stand shared with the home supporters of the Black and White Army.

The opening exchanges between the two sides were fairly even with both sides testing each other’s defensive lines.

It wasn’t until 17 minutes played that that the deadlock was broken. Ammanford’s Lee Trundle broke free into the Trefelin penalty area and as he attempted a turn he was adjudged by referee Jordan Harman to have been tripped by the Trefelin defender and had no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot.

Ammanford’s Matthew Fisher stepped up and placed the ball on the penalty spot. The referee blew his whistle and Matthew Fisher blasted the ball high into the roof of the Trefelin net hitting it just under the crossbar and the ball slid down the net and nestled into the bottom corner. A perfectly placed penalty that gave Trefelin goalkeeper Keenan Bailey no chance of saving it, 1-0.

This game was coming to life with individual battles breaking out all over the pitch.

Trefelin’s elegant midfielder Jordan Davies was trying his best to pull the strings for his team whilst the steadfast Ammanford midfielder Anthony Finselbach was proving dominant in closing down the space in the midfield area.

Ammanford’s Kai Whitmore was breaking free and had some golden chances to add further goals but instead turned provider for Ammanford’s paceman Tristan Jenkins to score in the 34th minute from close range, 2-0.

The home side were buoyant and with minutes to the half time whistle had to watch on as Trefelin’s Damon Thomas gathered the ball just inside the Ammanford half and hugging the touch line in front of the main stand powered forward virtually unopposed and as he closed in on the Ammanford goal simply curled the ball wide of Ammanford’s goalkeeper Craig Morris into the far corner of the net. A fine individual goal to bring Trefelin right back into the game, 2-1.

On the stroke of half time it was left to Ammanford’s goalkeeper Craig Morris to bring off an excellent save to preserve his team’s lead into the half time break to end a pulsating half of non-stop action.

The second half started to build in action the same way as the first half had done. Ammanford seemed to be prospering more from a counter attacking game and springing forward at every opportunity. Ammanford’s Kai Whitmore broke free in the 56th minute and this time made no mistake by slotting the ball into the Trefelin net to extend his team’s lead, 3-1.

Two minutes later Kai Whitmore and Trefelin’s Joe Clarke had an altercation in the centre of the pitch which saw both players shown red cards by referee Jordan Harman.

A flurry of action was followed within a minute when Ammanford’s Tristan Jenkins broke free from his markers and rounded the Trefelin goalkeeper to score his second goal of the game, 4-1.

Trefelin however to their credit continued to take the game to the home side and were rewarded for their efforts in the 65th minute when the Ammanford defence was split wide open enabling Ryan Griffiths to pull a goal back, 4-2.

Five minutes later Ammanford’s Lee Trundle Trundle broke free and ran to the edge of the Trefelin eighteen yards box, he nlooked up and played a beautifully weighted pass into the path of his incoming team mate Matthew Fisher who finished the move with a clinical finish into the Trefelin net and wheeled away in sheer delight in his celebration of his second goal of the evening, 5-2.

Trefelin again pressed forward and nine minutes from time hit their third goal of the game when Roan Piper scored to make it 5-3.

Referee Jordan Harman who had a busy evening wasn’t quite finished when he brandished his third red card of the evening to Trefelin’s fiery Jamie Latham reducing the visitors to nine men.

There were no further goals added as the final whistle blew and Ammanford celebrated the victory on what had been a stormy but highly enjoyable and entertaining game with credit going to both teams for their efforts.

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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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