CARMARTHEN began this season, their first in the Cymru South League, with a miserable sequence of five matches without a win and very few goals – regrettably, on the basis of this dismal performance against Taffs Well, Town’s season might well be finishing in the same fashion.
From the very start the home side put the Old Gold defence under pressure with a series of swift penetrative attacks although initially none led to any serious scoring opportunities.
The first notable threat arose on 15 minutes when Jamie Owen made a quick break from the half-way line before releasing a fierce 20 yard drive only for Lee Surman to head the ball around the post.
Town meanwhile had been unable to make any meaningful progress against a strong home defence.
However after 22 minutes Adam John sent a free-kick into the crowded goalmouth where Noah Daley narrowly failed to reach the ball for a simple tap-in opportunity.
Soon afterwards John, from wide on the right flank, delivered a fine cross into the packed goalmouth only to see Daley, under no pressure from defenders, squander this golden scoring opportunity by sending his close-range header over the bar.
However those were quite isolated scoring opportunities for the Old Gold – the home side had continued to enjoy by far the greater share of possession and territorial advantage, being quicker to the ball and making far better use of it as they launched a series of attacks which Town, seemingly, struggled to resist.
Almost inevitably, Taffs Well eventually took the lead in the 30th minute – Ethan Cann began a smart passing move infield from the left touchline which finished with David Lyon finding space in the crowded penalty area and firing a stunning angled drive beyond the reach of goalkeeper Ifan Knott and into the roof of the net.
Then soon afterwards the hosts went close to increasing their lead when, following a corner-kick, Jan Maertins struck a fierce volley into the goalmouth only to see Greg Walters head the ball away to safety.
After the interval Taffs Well again took the initiative and put the Old Gold defence under pressure with a succession of rapid attacks.
They were soon rewarded when on 50 minutes Maertins embarked on a determined run from the half-way line, all too easily outpacing several Town players, before reaching the edge of the penalty area – then, as Knott advanced from his goal, the lively striker fired the ball past the stranded ‘keeper and into the empty net.
Carmarthen at long last began to move upfield with some conviction but little success against the formidable home defence. It was not until the 85th minute that they managed a decent scoring opportunity when a huge clearance from Knott reached Ben Steele deep inside the opposition half – he quickly passed the ball across to John who struck a close-range angled shot that ‘keeper Edward King turned aside.
Then on 89 minutes Kieran Howard threaded a fine pass through to Liam Thomas on the edge of the penalty area but his fierce drive was blocked by King – while the loose ball fell nicely for Steele, his close-range shot was cleared to safety by the ‘keeper.
However, that brief moment of goalmouth activity was too little, too late for the Old Gold to make any difference to the outcome of this match and nor should it have – the stark truth is that throughout Carmarthen were overwhelmed by a quicker, stronger, better organised side.
Town’s next fixture is against Undy Athletic at Richmond Park on Saturday, April 2, k/o 2.30pm.
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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