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Amman bounce back with win over New Dock Stars



AMMAN United bounced back from their local derby defeat against Llandybie to register a deserved victory over New Dock in an entertaining clash at Cwmamman Park on Saturday (Apr 2).

The visitors made a bright start, and some good attacking play forced a couple of early penalties; Adam Gealy sent the first wide, but made amends by slotting from similar range for a 3-0 lead.

Amman began to get a foothold and when awarded a penalty, kicked to touch, and, from the quick lineout, George Clarke’s pass put in number eight Tom Thorneycroft to race in for the opening try.

With their tails up, the Reds scored again soon after when a fine midfield break caught out the Stars’ defence, and Thorneycroft crossed for his second of the afternoon.

Amman’s pack has been putting in a shift all season,the front row of Daniel James, George Clarke and Tom Hopkin providing a solid platform, and James’ surge soon scattered the defence, creating the space before flanker Jac Isaac finished off the move with the try just before half time.

But there was still time for New Dock to reduce the growing arrears when in first half added time, Ryan Tovey went over the tryline for a well worked try, converted by Adam Gealy.

Buoyed by their success, Dock seemed more confident and early in the second half, they stretched the Amman defence; Garen Davies’ neat crossfield kick to wide out was well taken by centre Adam Gealy who finished off the try; Gealy added the extras himself to close the gap in a ding-dong affair to 19-15 on the hour.

Amman centre Joel Foster was bright all day,and his incisive runs were causing problems; Alun Lewis’ riproaring runs also kept United on the front foot,and it was his run that yielded a penalty,which Joel Foster sent over.

Amman however then shot themselves in the foot,Tom Cadell’s wayward pass snapped up by the alert Garen Davies, who took full advantage, racing in unchallenged for an opportunist try; Gealy’s conversion to tie the scores came back off the post.

Amman rang the changes,Sean Caddell and Harley Davies on; they emptied the bench, adding Pontardawe permit-pair Steff Rees and Ben Evans to the fray, and another Foster mazy, jinking run almost brought more dividends, but the bonus point was soon to follow as from another solid scrum, Tom Thorneycroft picked up and crashed over for his hat trick try.

Foster added the conversion with ten minutes left, and the scoring was complete late on, the game put to bed, Foster again the catalyst as his fine break created the space and his pass put in Alun Lewis for another good try, Foster again converting to cement a convincing win in the end.

Amman travel to Cefneithin on Saturday, April 9, while New Dock entertain Furnace United.

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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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