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Old Gold get back to winning ways

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AFTER their thoroughly disappointing performance against Taffs Well last weekend Carmarthen quickly rediscovered the form and flair that had lifted them into the top six of the Cymru South League in this comprehensive victory over Undy Athletic.

The result was made more remarkable in that Town were forced to play the last 55 minutes of the match with only ten men following the sending off of Adam John.

From the start the Old Gold quickly put the visitors’ defence under pressure as they dominated possession and launched a series of attacks.

Initially Athletic coped well and no serious scoring chances emerged until eventually, on 15 minutes, an opportunity arose for Liam Thomas – Jordan Vickers made a surging run along the right touchline before firing a long cross into the penalty area where Town’s all-time top scorer uncharacteristically, from 15 yards, sent a weak shot straight at goalkeeper James Smallcombe.

Moments later Greg Walters, from the midfield, sent a fine long pass through to Adam John just inside the penalty area – he released a powerful drive but saw it crash against the foot of the post before Smallcombe claimed the ball.

Carmarthen maintained that momentum and kept the Athletic defence under noticeable pressure and, almost predictably, in the 23rd minute they took the lead.

Vickers, a constant threat with his movement and express pace, raced along the right touchline then delivered a fine pass across to John on the corner of the penalty area – he then sent the ball towards the far post where Walters directed his header into the back of the net.

The Old Gold, spurred by that success, continued to monopolise possession as they swarmed upfield in search of further goals – and on 33 minutes they were successful when Kieran Howard delivered a fine corner-kick into the packed goalmouth where Sean Pemberton rose high above defenders to plant his firm header into the roof of the net.

At this stage Carmarthen seemed to be cruising to a comfortable victory. However, just two minutes later that notion was completely overturned.

Adam John was fouled by Tom Wright close to the half-way line and the referee immediately awarded Town a free-kick for the infringement – yet, despite that, John foolishly struck out at Wright and the referee promptly and predictably sent him off.

Immediately Undy began to make good use of their player advantage. On 40 minutes Sam Broadribb broke clear of the Old Gold back-line but Ifan Knott raced quickly out of his goal and robbed the ball from the striker.

After the interval Town created the first decent scoring opportunity when on 49 minutes Bradley Gibbings made a strong run through the midfield before threading the ball forward to Walters who, in clear space just inside the penalty area, wasted the opportunity by firing a poor shot just wide of the post.

Athletic too were creating chances at this stage and after 68 minutes Morgan Morris struck a 20 yard shot beyond Knott’s reach but narrowly outside the post.

Following several substitutions the Old Gold began to dominate the game once more and eventually, in the 76th minute, they extended their lead – Vickers began the move, sprinting along the right touchline before sending the ball across the edge of the penalty area where Thomas timed his arrival to perfection and struck a fierce angled drive past Smallcombe and into the back of the net.

Carmarthen were still not satisfied and they searched for further goals. On 85 minutes Jamie Rickard sent a fine pass across to Noah Daley on the edge of the penalty area – while his powerful shot was blocked on the goal-line by Smallcombe with a stunning reflex save, Daley pounced on the rebound only for his follow-up shot also to be saved by the over-worked keeper.

However, in the 89th minute Daley had yet another chance to defeat Smallcombe. Ben Steele, on the edge of the penalty area, struck a fierce drive that hit the bar – the ball rebounded conveniently for Daley who at last managed to fire it into the net.

Town’s next fixture is away against Risca United on Saturday, April 9, kick off at 2.30pm.

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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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