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Athletic rout high-flying Milford



Carmarthen 4
Milford Haven 0

Hocktober: Carmarthen supported LGBT with rainbow laces during the game

Hocktober: Carmarthen supported
LGBT with rainbow laces during
the game

SATURDAY saw a Carmarthen 1st anxious to play against a strong Milford Haven team after a disappointing loss in Gwent the previous week. Milford Haven had first pushback however Carmarthen were eager from the whistle, moving as a unit to place pressure on the away side. In doing this, Carmarthen intercepted the ball placing pressure on Milford Haven’s defence and brilliant work between the midfield and forwards saw multiple drives into the D, but Milford Haven’s defence was strong with few balls getting past initially.

Carmarthen kept trying, and tireless work between player of the match Sophie Treacy, captain Catrin Davies and Ffion Evans saw the ball being played up the pitch into the attacking 25. Evans drove up the wing, and sent a lovely cross to Katie James waiting at the penalty spot. James was unlucky as the ball went wide past the goal. This gave Carmarthen furthermore confidence, and lead to a good spell of possession with Maya Davies driving several balls around the back, giving rise to many shots on goal from herself, James and Ceirios Jones.

The strong Milford defence, and good goal keeping skills saw the score remain at 0-0. Carmarthen maintained pressure with the quick setting up of a defensive press, which proved to be a great value to the game. A quick break saw Milford drive the ball up towards the Carmarthen goal, fortunately Carmarthen’s defence were as solid as ever and worked together to clear the ball back up to midfield. A free hit saw the ball being crossed from left to right across the pitch to Carys Jones, who took a shot at goal. Maya Davies was waiting on the post to hit the ball down into the back corner for a cracking finish to make it 1-0. The second half saw Milford come out fighting, and drove the ball down the wing. Keira Griffiths was ready with a strong flat stick tackle; she regained possession and drove the ball up with Treacy. A long corner was awarded, taken quickly by Treacy to Catrin who dribbled the ball into the goal, unfortunately to be met by a diving keeper.

A cross from Delyth lead to a short corner. Continuous pressure with the whole of Carmarthen moving as a unit across the field lead to a goal where Treacy hit the ball in, and brilliant positioning from Maya lead to another touch across the line, 2-0. The third goal came from a strike by Carys Jones; a deflection meant Rhian Moremon was able to sweep it past the keeper, for 3-0. Milford continued battling, but Carmarthen’s defence intercepted the ball, and worked well with the midfield to push back up the pitch. Megan Henry intercepted the ball and passed the ball back and forward with Maya Davies who shot. Megan was ready for the rebound and took a shot to make the score 4-0. Carmarthen had an outstanding game, where every player gave their all and worked well as a unit. All the hard work in training is finally beginning to pay off, and the valuable coaching received became evident. Spirit was high, and Carmarthen look forward to taking on Cardiff and Met next weekend.

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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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