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Rampant Town flying towards seventh

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Mark Jones: smashes his first penalty home

Mark Jones: smashes his first penalty home

Aberystwyth Town 2

Carmarthen Town 4

CARMARTHEN TOWN, playing only their second game in six weeks, produced another highly-competitive performance.

Full of energy and commitment they came back twice from being a goal down against a strong Aberystwyth side to finish worthy winners of this typically keenly contested local derby.

Yet during the early stages of this match the play was both uninspiring and uneventful with neither side looking capable of creating any serious attacking threat.

Indeed, it was not until the 16th minute that the first notable chance arose when Jordan Knott, from the left wing, delivered a deep cross into the penalty area where Cledan Davies sent a poor defensive header straight to Lewis Harling but he fired his 15-yard shot just wide of the post.

However, gradually the Old Gold began to enjoy more possession and increase pressure on the home defence with a series of swift, incisive raids that so often stemmed from the vision and industry of Harling who was well supported by midfield partner Ceri Morgan.

On 21 minutes Knott launched a long throw into the goalmouth to reach Kyle Bassett who turned smartly past his marker before hitting a crisp close-range strike narrowly outside the post.

Then after 25 minutes Bassett’s determined run took him deep into the penalty area only for him to be brought down by a lunging tackle from defender Stuart Jones – but Town’s claims for what seemed to be a certain penalty were brushed aside by the referee.

And the visitors went close again in the 33rd minute when Dan Sheehan sent a right-wing cross deep into the penalty area to find Liam Thomas who headed the ball back to Harling but he saw his 15 yard effort fly marginally too wide.

During this initial period while Aberystwyth produced plenty of promising approach play, they were never able to trouble the home defence in any meaningful way – this was largely due to another impressive display from the burgeoning central partnership of Dwaine Bailey and Dave Vincent who remained assured and disciplined under pressure.

So it was a complete surprise when the home side took the lead on 42 minutes with their first on-target scoring effort. Jonathan Evans lifted a long cross from the right wing over to the far side of the penalty area to reach Craig Williams who sent the ball back into the goalmouth where Rhys Griffiths leapt above Bailey to plant his header firmly into the roof of the net.

After the interval the Old Gold made a positive start as they attacked with urgency and purpose in search of an early equaliser. And having quickly forced a series of corners they achieved their aim in the 51st minute when Morgan threaded a fine pass through to Harling just inside the penalty area – he instantly played the ball across to Mark Jones who skilfully swept it beyond the reach of keeper Mike Lewis and into the far corner of the net.

Spurred by that success Town increased the pressure on the home defence and on 58 minutes Bassett surged down the right wing before firing the ball high into the goalmouth where Harling, rising above his marker, saw his close-range looping header sail narrowly over the bar.

And moments later Morgan, from near the corner of the penalty area, produced what appeared to be a low cross which deceived Lewis who was undoubtedly relieved to see the ball drift just fractionally wide of the far post.

Then after 61 minutes Aberystwyth suffered a setback when Griffiths received a second yellow card in the space of five minutes, each time for a challenge on Bailey who had been shadowing him closely (and very effectively) all match, leading to his automatic dismissal.

Yet, despite their numerical disadvantage, the hosts soon went ahead once more – from the left wing Williams sent a dangerous cross into the goalmouth where Geoff Kellaway controlled the ball well under pressure from Knott and turned sharply before striking a smart angled drive past keeper Lee Idzi.

Carmarthen responded immediately to that setback as they launched another series of attacks and soon added to their scoring options by replacing defender Craig Hanford with striker Luke Prosser. And after 73 minutes they were back on level terms.

Harling, continuing his pivotal role at the heart of Town’s most productive action, cut inside from the left wing then easily drifted past two defenders before hitting a fierce shot from 10 yards that was deflected narrowly too high.

From the ensuing corner-kick Dave Vincent emerged from a crowd of players to produce a strong header that crashed against the bar but Knott quickly pounced on the loose ball and cleverly back-heeled it past Lewis for his first goal in Carmarthen colours.

And Knott was instrumental in the Old Gold taking the lead on 80 minutes when his 20-yard volley was deemed by the referee to have been handled inside the penalty area. Jones stepped forward and confidently drove the resultant spot-kick past Lewis.

In the closing stages Aberystwyth threw players forward in search of an equalising goal. Yet they became increasingly vulnerable to counterattacks and during added time a long clearance out of defence set Bassett bursting forward beyond the half-way line – as the sole home defender went to challenge him, he sent a marvellous cross-field pass to Jones who was completely in the clear but as he raced into the penalty area Lewis brought him down and was immediately penalised.

Jones exacted his revenge by again powering his spot-kick past the disconsolate keeper to complete his first hat-trick for the Old Gold since his pre-season move from, by curious coincidence, Aberystwyth.

Team: Lee Idzi; Daniel Sheehan; Dwaine Bailey; David Vincent; Jordan Knott; Craig Hanford (sub Luke Prosser 60); Lewis Harling; Ceri Morgan; Kyle Bassett; Mark Jones; Liam Thomas.

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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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