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TOWN SHOW PROMISE IN NARROW CARDIFF DEFEAT

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A LARGE crowd packed into Richmond Park to welcome Championship side Cardiff City to west Wales and the feast of attacking football that they were served up didn’t disappoint them, as Mark Aizlewood’s side produced a show of great promise and, but for some bad luck in front of goal, perhaps could have won the game.

Despite this Carmarthen suffered a narrow defeat in a thoroughly entertaining pre-season fixture against the professional side, who will hope to be challenging for promotion to the Premier League in the coming campaign, who fielded two entirely different teams for each half comprising a significant number of players with first-team experience. However Town, to their credit, produced a spirited and skilful display, especially during the second half when they went close to scoring on several occasions.

The game soon developed into an open, end-to-end affair with both teams swiftly breaking forward from deep positions at every opportunity although initially neither side was able to create any meaningful scoring chances with each defence looking comfortable under pressure.

However on 10 minutes City took an unexpected early lead when an uncharacteristic slip by Jordan Knott enabled City’s lively winger Dylan Rees to break clear down the right flank and from the edge of the penalty area he struck a fine angled shot beyond the reach of keeper Lee Idzi and into the far corner of the net. The former Tenby player was back in west Wales and showed just why he is regarded as one of the capital city club’s hottest young prospects.

Yet the Old Gold responded well and, after a series of probing counter-attacks, they were denied an equaliser in the 17th minute when Ceri Morgan, having won possession off a defender, instantly released a stunning 30 yard drive that left keeper David Marshall well beaten but agonisingly the ball crashed against the post and bounced safely away.

Then after 30 minutes defender Chris Thomas surged upfield from the half-way line before sending the ball through to Jeff White who turned sharply past his marker just inside the penalty area but fired marginally wide.

While Cardiff continued to press forward on frequent occasions, the home defence, well marshalled by the experienced central partnership of Thomas and Craig Hanford, performed with such discipline and determination that Idzi was never seriously tested.

After the interval the visitors fashioned the first decent chance when on 51 minutes a slick exchange of passes set Eli Phipps clear well inside the penalty area but his smart close-range shot was resisted by Idzi with an impressive reflex save.

Yet soon Carmarthen began to take the initiative, playing with more urgency and adventure than before and stretching the City defence with a series of penetrating attacks. In the 55th minute Luke Cummings drifted easily across the edge of the penalty area, evading defenders, before firing an angled cross-shot over substitute ‘keeper Joe Lewis but the ball clipped the bar and went safely behind.

Moments later half-time substitute Sacha Walters cut inside from the right wing and crossed into the goalmouth where Mark Jones set the ball up for Cummings who saw his 20 yard strike fly narrowly over the bar. Then Knott sent a delightful long ball through to Jones, in free space just outside the penalty area, but while his drive defeated Lewis it slid fractionally wide of the far post.

The Old Gold continued to maintain this momentum and on 72 minutes an astute headed pass from Lewis Harling, always an influential figure in Town’s midfield activity, allowed Jones to race forward to the edge of the penalty area where he turned neatly past his marker but managed to volley the ball just outside the post.

Cardiff, although under pressure, were still launching promising counter-attacks but were never able to create clear enough opportunities to trouble Idzi or, latterly, substitute ‘keeper James Kirkwood. Yet equally, as the game reached its closing stages it seemed that, despite Town’s persistent pressure and scoring efforts, an equalising goal would elude them.

Indeed their best chance arose in the 90th minute when a long cross-field pass from Dan Sheehan reached Rhodri Morgan on the left wing and he cut swiftly inside, completely bewildering the full-back with deft footwork, and from the by-line drove the ball into the packed goalmouth where Jones reacted quickest to stab the ball goal-wards only for Lewis to deny him with a superb reflex save.

Manager Mark Aizlewood will have been pleased with his side’s performance, as there were many positives to take from the game ahead of the forthcoming Welsh Premier League campaign. The fact that they only conceded one goal and then restricted Cardiff to only half chances will have been very pleasing, but the way in which his players attacked will have been the biggest positive the former Cardiff man. Especially dangerous in wide areas, the Old Gold produced several chances, and perhaps should have won the game.

Teams:

Carmarthen Town: Lee Idzi (sub James Kirkwood 65); Dan Sheehan; Chris Thomas; Craig Hanford (sub Rhodri Morgan 76); Jordan Knott (sub Sam Handy 69); Kyle Bassett (sub Chris Ham 66, sub Ceri Morgan 82); Lewis Harling; Luke Cummings (sub John Lumb 80); Ceri Morgan (sub Sacha Walters 46); Mark Jones; Jeff White (sub Luke Prosser 61)

Cardiff City: Marshall / Lewis; Nugent / Watkins; Blasé / Menayse; Totonsa / Abbruzzese; Barnum-Bob / Baker; Veale / Burdidge; Kiss / Southary; O’Sullivan / Noor; Rees / Rothe; Guerra / Velkion Ja; Le Fondre / Phipps.

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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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