CARMARTHEN overcame both an unyielding University team and relentless difficult weather conditions to extend their unbeaten sequence in the Cymru South League to 17 matches – a sequence that began in August against these same opponents.
The match began with a fierce, swirling wind blowing the length of the pitch and in the early stages both sides struggled as passes and crosses were frequently over-hit ensuring that barely any cohesive attacking play from either side arose.
Yet gradually the players became more accustomed to these conditions – and, in particular, the home side began to put some noticeable pressure on the Old Gold defence with several spirited raids.
However, the experienced central defensive pairing of Lee Surman and Scott Tancock looked sound and secure as usual, while Jordan Vickers and Trystan Jones gave them valuable support on the flanks.
Behind them Ifon Knott once again demonstrated safe-handling and good positioning whenever he was called upon.
In addition, ahead of the defensive unit were midfielders Greg Walters, Tom Dyson and Jamie Rickard who, with their industry and vision, eagerly provided a further layer of defensive cover whenever necessary, while always remaining alert to any opportunity for breaking forward and launching an attack.
As a result, during this spell of pressure the only significant goal threat arose on 29 minutes when George Sellick sent an inviting cross into the Town goalmouth only for two well-placed strikers to fail to reach the ball.
And that failing proved even more costly for the hosts since it was immediately followed by a further period of Old Gold ascendency – a far more productive one.
After 31 minutes Adam John sent a corner-kick into the packed goalmouth where Rickard saw his close-range glancing header slide narrowly outside the post. This was swiftly followed by a series of promising attacks that stretched the home defence but, sadly, initially failed to penetrate it.
However, in the 35th minute Carmarthen were at last rewarded for their persistence and invention – Rickard, from near the left touchline, launched a searching free-kick into the crowded penalty area where Surman, rising high above several defenders, headed the ball towards the goalmouth and Town’s all-time top goal-scorer Thomas gratefully converted the opportunity.
Town continued to dominate the remaining stages of the first-half but, with the fierce high winds seeming to strengthen, they were unable to create any further scoring opportunities.
After the interval the Old Gold quickly resumed their search for more goals. On 53 minutes John fired a corner-kick deep into the penalty area only for Surman to direct his strong header narrowly outside the post.
Moments later a delightful exchange of passes along the left flank led to the chance for John to dispatch a sharp angled volley that finished in the side-netting.
Then on 63 minutes John sent another corner-kick deep into the packed penalty area and saw Tancock’s close-range header blocked on the goal-line before the ball was cleared by a defender.
After that flurry of goalmouth activity the match became more settled and confined to the midfield with the Old Gold enjoying most of the possession. But in the closing stages the home side twice went close to snatching an equaliser.
On 86 minutes former Town favourite Tim Hicks launched the ball from near the touchline and saw it carried by the strong wind into the goalmouth forcing ‘keeper Ifon Knott to turn the ball aside.
Then deep into added time Adam Orme struck a powerful free-kick that Knott, with another spectacular flying save, resisted.
Carmarthen’s unbeaten run has seen them progressively move up the League table following a disappointing start to the season – however, with just 8 matches left to play and given that none of the teams above us are showing signs of seriously fading in form, any prospect of promotion now seems remote.
Town’s next match should provide a better clue – on Saturday March 5 they travel to Llantwit Major (k/o 2.30pm) who have been at, or close to, the top of the League table virtually all season.
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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