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DROVERS PUT DOWN EARLY MARKER

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Tight Squeeze: Matthew Jacobs squeezed over for a controversial try (Riley Sports)

Tight Squeeze: Matthew Jacobs squeezed over for a controversial try (Riley Sports)

Llandovery 30 Cross Keys 20

A MAGNIFICENT second half performance from Llandovery saw them recover from a 12-point half time deficit to snatch a win at the death and put down a marker that they will be contenders in this seasons Principality Premiership.

With almost all of the successful Fosters 7’s wining squad involved, the Drovers were seeking to continue their strong pre-season form, and they certainly did this against last years third placed side.

Keys started the match the brighter and quickly won the ball back after an excellent kick off from impressive outside half Ethan Davies. The ball was patiently worked through the hands before Keys were awarded a penalty deep inside the Drovers own half. With the rewards for tries now being 6 points Keys opted to kick to the corner, instead of taking a relatively easy penalty kick to goal, which now only sees 2 points awarded.

The resulting close range lineout was won by Simon Williams and a driving maul towards the try line was unstoppable and Williams’ second row partner Danny Hodge emerged with the ball after scoring a first ever 6 point try for The Keys. Ethan Davies added the conversion and Keys were fully worth their early 8 – 0 lead, with Llandovery still waiting for their first touch of the season with 6 minutes on the clock.

It got better for Keys when they continued to dominate both possession and territory and their endeavour was rewarded when Davies kicked a penalty to give Keys a 10 – 0 lead with barely 10 minutes played. Just minutes later The Drovers showed what they can do when, with a first attack in to the Keys 22 they kicked a penalty goal from in front of the sticks to close the gap thanks to their outside half Jack Maynard. The scoreboard now had a really unfamiliar look about it when it read Llandovery 2 – Cross Keys 10.

Keys came back almost immediately from the restart when a loose kick from Llandovery was gathered by Ethan Davies back in his own 22. He raced forward and found Nathan Trowbridge in support who showed an excellent turn of pace over the halfway line beating several would be tackles before feeding the ball back inside to the supporting Davies and the number 10 showed a clean pair heels to race over to score an excellent try to extend Keys’ lead, with just over 15 minutes played. Davies converted his own try and Keys at this point were looking unstoppable.

Gradually, however the home side clawed their way back in to the game when a pair of Maynard penalties, in the 18th and 30th minute closed the gap. Keys spent the final 5 minutes or so of the half camped on the Drovers line but despite Keys having a man advantage, due to Llandovery second row Bryn Griffiths being sent to the sin bin, Keys were unable to better their lead and given the Drovers second half performance this failure to score after so long spent on the Drovers line no doubt proved vital to the outcome.

It took just 5 minutes of the second half for Llandovery to add to their total when Number 8 Richard Brooks crossed all to easily for the home side when Keys fell off one too many tackles after good build up play from the Drovers. Jack Maynard struck the post with the conversion attempt, but Llandovery’s intentions were clear.

Ethan Davies pulled Keys clear after 50 minutes when he added his second penalty of the game for Keys. It was however Llandovery who pushed on from here and it was no surprise when they grabbed their second try of the game thanks to openside Shaun Miles crossing with 55 minutes played. Maynard again struck the post but this time the ball did go over to add the extras and tie the scores at 20 – 20 with a little over 20 minutes remaining.

Keys had flanker Ieuan Jones sent to the sin bin for killing the ball in the 65th minute and from the resulting penalty the Drovers took the lead for the first time thanks to Maynard’s 4th penalty of the game. It didn’t really get much better for Keys as Llandovery continued to enjoy more possession and restricted Keys from building anything as the game entered the closing moments.

The Drovers all but wrapped up the victory when they crossed for a try out wide just 2 minutes from the end by centre Matthew Jacobs. Despite the assistant referee seemingly indicating that it was no try due to the ball going dead, he was over-ruled by the man in the middle and the try was awarded. Maynard kicked the touchline conversion and the Drovers were home and dry.

Llandovery will be delighted with the win, and will be looking to take the confidence gained from this into their next fixture, a crunch match against near rivals Llanelli at Church Bank.

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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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