CARMARTHEN went into this match, the last of the season, hoping to secure 3 points which would ensure a final Cymru South League placing of fourth or, if results elsewhere were to be favourable, even third would be attainable.
But regrettably Pontypridd produced enough of the impressive form that has kept them in 2nd place virtually all season and secured for them promotion to the Cymru Premier League – and accordingly, in the end, despite Town’s best efforts that was simply not quite enough.
From the start the match quickly developed into a lively end-to-end affair but, with both defences coping well, no early serious scoring opportunities arose until the 10th minute.
Jordan Vickers embarked on a determined sprint along the right flank then slid the ball infield to Bradley Gibbings – he in turn, from the corner of the penalty area, sent a fine pass across to Ben Steele who struck a stunning volley that flew beyond the reach of goal-keeper Steve Cann but crashed against the bar before being cleared away by a defender.
Then on 22 minutes another clear opportunity arose when Tom Dyson, with a measured pass from the half-way line, set Steele racing clear of any defenders – but as Cann came out to the edge of his penalty area the lively striker wastefully dragged his shot wide of the far post.
After 25 minutes Town again went close to scoring when Noah Daley struck a promising 25 yard volley only to see Cann produce a fine flying save and turn the ball aside.
Then moments later Carmarthen threatened to score once more when Vickers, again using his lightning pace to good effect, reached deep into the visitors’ half before sending a fine cross into the far side penalty area where Steele struck a fierce drive that defeated Cann but crashed against the bar before the ball was cleared to safety.
But then in the 29th minute, having survived that prolonged pressure, Pontypridd took the lead – seemingly, with the help of some poor Town defending. A corner-kick was fired deep into the crowded goalmouth and reached Sam Johnson at the far post and he found time and space to plant his close-range header into the roof of the net.
The Old Gold quickly responded to that setback and on 37 minutes Gibbings moved across the edge of the penalty area before releasing a fierce drive that flew narrowly past the post.
However, that response was abruptly terminated in the 42nd minute by a moment of collective slack defending. A long, lofted pass was launched upfield from the Pontypridd half and, while four Town defenders were slow to react to the danger, goal-scorer Johnson was allowed to race unchallenged to reach the ball and, from 25 yards, lob it over the advancing Ifan Knott and into the net.
Town’s response to that further setback was immediate but their only scoring opportunity before half-time arose when Trystan Jones sent a long cross to the far corner of the penalty area where Steele saw his ambitious header fly over the bar.
After the interval the Old Gold were quick to put the visitor’s defence under pressure and on 48 minutes Steele dispatched a long-range drive into the goalmouth where the ball was turned aside – from the ensuing corner-kick Scott Tancock’s weak close-range header was easily claimed by Cann.
Then on 51 minutes Jamie Rickard struck a close-range shot but Cann was quickly down to claim the ball.
In the 59th minute Steele attempted another fierce long-range strike which defeated Cann but hit the base of the post and the ball was cleared to safety. And soon afterwards Dyson dispatched a promising volley that drew another flying save from the increasingly busy Pontypridd (former Carmarthen Town) goalkeeper.
Then on 79 minutes Jones fired a 25 yard free-kick that flew beyond Cann’s reach but crashed against the bar and dropped over the back of the goal.
The pacy, end-to-end nature of the match continued until the final whistle but, with no more scoring opportunities arising, the Old Gold were left to settle for defeat and no further League points – consequently Town finish the season in fifth place in the Cymru South League.
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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