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Drovers sneak crucial top four clash



Principality Premiership

Llandovery 16

Aberavon 14

Perfect conditions: The weather relented for the Church Bank clash

Perfect conditions: The weather relented for the clash

LLANDOVERY jumped ahead of Aberavon in the Principality Premiership table with a narrow 16 – 14 win over the Wizards at Church Bank in sunny but cold conditions, thanks to a last-gasp penalty kick by fly-half Jack Maynard.

The game was crucial to the league aspirations of both sides, and it was the hosts who looked more at home on a surface that befitted running rugby, as their flying backs caused havoc.

After a scoreless first quarter in which the Drovers put a lot of pressure on the Wizards, the opening score came in the 22nd minute when Aberavon wing Jay Baker amended for his earlier missed opportunity by racing clear to score a try after the Drovers had refused to kick at goal moments earlier. Former Llandovery outside half James Garland added the extras.

After a few niggles between the sides, Llandovery lock Matthew Harbut and his opposite number Ian Moore were sin binned late in the half before the livewire Drovers scrum half Lee Rees scored a try in the last play of the opening period. Outside half Jack Maynard missed the conversion to make the score 8 – 6 to Aberavon at the interval.

With both sides back up to full strength, the home side took the lead ten minutes into the second half when wing Aaron Warren stepped inside full back Joe Gage to score with Maynard adding the extra two points.

The Wizards drew level soon after when full back Gage scored an unconverted try after a splendid burst up the left touchline.

With the score tied at 14 – 14 the visitors were dealt a blow when prop Andrew Clatworthy was yellow carded in a ruck in the 74th minute. 14 man Aberavon defended well though and thoughts of a repeat of two seasons ago when the sides drew 10 – 10 sprung to mind.

However, the Wizards were penalised in their own half in the 81st minute and up stepped Maynard for what was a relatively straightforward kick. Yet, the number 10 missed and Aberavon supporters sighed relief.

Three minutes later though the Wizards infringed again – this time closer to the posts. Maynard stepped up again and redeemed himself for the missed kick just moments before as the kick sailed through the posts with referee Craig Evans blowing up for full time.

The result saw the Wizards drop two places in the table whilst the Drovers jumped up two to third. Next up for Aberavon is Llanelli at Parc y Scarlets whilst the Drovers face a trip to Neath on Friday night.


Llandovery: 15. Will Thomas, 14. Matthew Jacobs, 13. Jacob Cowley, 12. Rhodri Jones, 11. Aaron Warren, 10. Jack Maynard, 9. Lee Rees, 1. Wyn Jones, 2. Luke Lewis, 3. Greg Cunniffe, 4. Phil Day, 5. Matthew Harbut, 6. Richard Rees, 7. Stuart Worrall, 8. Richard Brooks

Replacements: 16. Berian Watkins, 17. Dean Howells, 18. Bryn Griffiths, 19. Shaun Miles, 20. Tom Ball, 21. Craig Woodall, 22. Lex Botha, 23. Rhodri Davies

Aberavon: Joe Gage, Jay Baker, Matthew Jenkins, David Evans, Steffan Andrews, James Garland, David Pritchard, Rowan Jenkins, Gareth Harvey, Jon Thomas, Ian Moore (capt), Ben Jones, Lee Purnell, Chris Davies, Joe Tomalin-Reeves

Replacements: Jacob Flynn, Richard Carter, Cameron Clement, Luke Davies, Rob Dudley-Jones, Mike Burgess, Rhys Forse, Ben Davies

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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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