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Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 11.37.03Carmarthen Town 2

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AFTER A lacklustre home defeat against Bangor last time out, Carmarthen responded in emphatic fashion, producing a thoroughly entertaining display of adventurous, attacking football, which particularly during a mesmerizing firsthalf left Rhyl overwhelmed and justifiably soundly beaten.

They began with clear positive intent, launching a series of piercing raids with energy and urgency that put the visitors’ defence under immediate pressure.

The first chance came within sixty seconds when Mark Jones, with a quick throw-in, set Luke Cummings free down the left flank.

He swiftly played the ball across to Kieran Lewis on the edge of the penalty area who struck a crisp drive that slid wide of the left post.

Then Cummings, who was returning to the team following a three-game ban, was once again involved. He raced forward to the byline and fired the ball across the face of goal but saw it cleared off the line by a defender.

Yet Town’s exciting strategy was duly rewarded with a vital early goal after just ten minutes. A poor clearance by Rhyl keeper Terry McCormick went straight to Jordan Knott who sent a fine pass through to Jones and he released a stunning 25 yard shot that flew into the top corner of the net leaving McCormick well beaten.

The play continued at a frantic pace with Carmarthen in total ascendency as they poured forward at every opportunity. In the 18th minute Lewis sent a long free kick into the penalty area to find Jones in clear space but McCormick was well placed to deal with his firm header.

Moments later another promising attack finished with Jones setting up a decent chance for Thomas but, under pressure from defenders, his sharp 10 yard volley struck the underside of the bar and, agonisingly, the ball rebounded back into play.

Then after 26 minutes Lewis once more delivered a searching free-kick into the packed penalty area – Cummings collected a weak clearance and hit a 20 yard effort that was also blocked and eventually Dave Vincent managed a close-range shot that went through the crowd of players but narrowly wide of the post.

Such was Town’s dominance during this initial period that the visitors had not once got within shooting range of the home goal – the Old Gold defence had remained strong, assured and disciplined, while keeper Lee Idzi had been untroubled.

But at last on 29 minutes Rhyl threatened when the ball was played forward to David Mannix just inside the penalty area and he was denied a clear scoring opportunity only by Knott’s excellent recovering tackle.

Soon afterwards Connor Bell broke into the penalty area and dispatched a smart angled drive that Idzi, at full-length, tipped on to the post and Town’s experienced keeper then reacted swiftly to deny John Owen’s instant follow-up close-range strike.

But the earlier pattern of play was soon restored as the Old Gold regained control of the game. As before, Lewis, displaying impressive vision and energy, was the key architect of Town’s attacking play – and again he had enthusiastic support from fellow midfielders Cummings and Ceri Morgan.

And unsurprisingly it was Lewis who initiated the host’s second goal in the 39th minute when he produced a sublime through ball that sent Jones racing clear of the Rhyl defence – the in-form striker went forward to the corner of the penalty area then confidently rifled the ball past McCormick and into the net for his fifth goal in three matches.

The Old Gold should then have gone further ahead just before half-time but after Knott finished a determined run down the left flank with an inviting cross into the goalmouth Morgan wasted a good chance by firing marginally too high from close range.

Carmarthen resumed their refreshing positive approach after the interval when on 48 minutes Kyle Bassett surged along the right-wing then sent a low cross towards the goalmouth where Thomas clipped a neat glancing shot just a fraction wide of the near post.

But in contrast to the first-half the visitors were clearly playing with greater confidence and purpose. In the 55th minute a long clearance upfield reached Bell who raced forward and took the ball around Idzi, who had advanced well out of his goal, and then struck a promising goal-bound drive only to see Dan Sheehan make a timely, late intervention and clear the danger.

Increasingly the play became more open and evenly balanced with scoring opportunities less frequent. On 65 minutes Lewis, from just outside the penalty area, sent a fine pass across to Bassett who released a powerful 15-yard drive that McCormick managed to beat away. Rhyl then responded after 79 minutes with Bell smartly curling a 20-yard free-kick which drew an equally impressive flying save from Idzi.

Carmarthen Town manager Mark Aizlewood was delighted with his team’s emphatic win against relegation haunted Rhyl at Richmond Park last Saturday. “They should have scored seven or eight,” he said. “It was like they were a different team after the previous week’s defeat against Bangor City.”

Team: Lee Idzi; Daniel Sheehan; Dwaine Bailey; David Vincent; Jordan Knott; Luke Cummings (sub Craig Hanford 81); Kieran Lewis; Ceri Morgan; Kyle Bassett; Mark Jones (sub Jeff White 90); 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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