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Roosters settle for a point



Defended well: Penrhyncoch defended well in their game with Ruthin

Penrhyncoch • 2
Ruthin Town • 2
Huws Gray Alliance

PENRHYNCOCH kept up their recent good run of form as they were held to a 2-2 by Ruthin Town at Cae Baker last Saturday (Oct 28).

The Roosters have lost just once in their last five matches and that run has kept them away from the bottom two places in the Huws Gray Alliance.

Ruthin made a good start to their match on Saturday but it was the home side who took the lead with fifteen minutes gone when Steff Davies put the ball in the back of the net.

The Roosters continued to pile the pressure on the Ruthin goal and came mighty close to adding a second but a header rebounded back off the bar.

The visitors began to get back in the game after that and they were given a penalty when Llyr Morris was brought down in the Box. He stepped up and scored to level the scores at 1-1.

It remained that way until half time and both sides were looking to go in front at the start of the second half.

It was the Roosters who got the next goal as a long shot crept inside the far post of the Ruthin goal to make it 2-1.

Llyr Morris then broke free in the box for Ruthin only to see the ball come off the keeper and hit the bar.

Ruthin continued to put the pressure on as they looked for the equaliser but Penrhyn defended well to keep them out.

Their resistance was finally broken when substitute Will Owen poked the ball home from five yards out following a goal-mouth scramble.

The home side’s chances of winning the game were dealt a blow as keeper Leigh Jenkins was sent off for a last man foul.

Despite the man advantage, Ruthin were unable to find a winning goal and Penrhyn held on for a point.

Manager Gari Lewis said it was a ‘tough day’ for his side but added: “The boys put in a hell of a shift but the draw was the fair result.”

On Saturday (Nov 4), the Roosters take a break from league action as they travel to Caerphilly Athletic for their second round encounter in the JD Welsh Cup.

Lewis added: “We don’t know a lot about Caerphilly but they have big ambitions and want to be a Welsh League side. They have had two promotions on the bounce and with us travelling down there I put the game as a real 50-50. They are a few leagues below us but it should be a tough game and we are looking forward to it.”

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Wales v Scotland postponed



WALES’ Six Nations match at home to Scotland on Saturday has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The two other Six Nation fixtures had already been postponed and no date has been confirmed to complete the 2020 Championship.

The Welsh Rugby Union had insisted earlier on Friday the game would “go ahead as planned”.

A WRU statement read: “The Welsh Rugby Union has maintained an open dialogue with, and continued to seek advice and direction from, the National Assembly for Wales and other stakeholders, including the Six Nations, on this fast-moving issue.

“Whilst medical advice remains consistent, we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries.

“The WRU would like to thank all parties for their counsel on the subject and will make further announcements with respect to rescheduling the fixture in the coming days.

“Every effort has been made to stage this game and we appreciate that individuals will have been inconvenienced. Given the fluid and unprecedented nature of this issue a postponement became the only viable option.”

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Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended



THE FOOTBALL Association of Wales has today (13 March) taken the decision to suspend domestic football at all levels in Wales with immediate effect until April 4 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The intention at this time will be to resume the football schedule depending on the medical advice and conditions from the relevant authorities at that time.

The FAW is fully aware of the impact this will have on the domestic game but the health and safety of all fans, players, volunteers and stakeholders are of paramount importance.

The FAW will continue to monitor this situation on a day-by-day basis and will continue to provide updates when appropriate.

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Exercise Referral Scheme doing more for health intervention than ever before



A record 35,069 participants attended Exercise Referral classes during 2640 hours of health classes in 2019.

The National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS) is an evidence-based health intervention scheme which incorporates physical activity and behavioural change techniques to support referred clients to make lifestyle changes to improve their health and well-being.

NERS Ceredigion has seen a dramatic increase in demand over the past year. A coordinator and four full time exercise professionals work to deliver the scheme, delivering 73 classes per week. The age of participants range from 16 years old, with the eldest participant in Ceredigion being 95.

Exercise class options include Gym, Circuit, Postural Stability (seated), Spin Bikes, Aqua Aerobics, Tai Chi and Pilates. Venues include council and community centres in Aberystwyth, Aberaeron, Lampeter, Tregaron, Cardigan and Llandysul.

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet member with responsibility for Leisure, highlighted the benefits of the scheme, “There are many physical, psychological and social benefits to being part of the scheme, including confidence-building, better self-esteem, meeting new people and being generally fitter and healthier. Ceredigion Actif’s highly qualified Health Intervention Team provide opportunities to exercise that are fun, rewarding and that can be incorporated into everyday life.”

NERS Ceredigion targets people with a medical condition through various pathways including generic, cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary, PSI falls, stroke rehabilitation, mental health, cancer and weight management. The 16 week tailored programme of exercise is delivered by a team of specialist Level 4 qualified exercise professionals who guide referred participants towards realising their individual goals.

A participant in Aberystwyth said, “This has been the best thing I have ever done. I have thrived from doing different activities and pushing myself out of my comfort zone which has not only helped my self-esteem but also my depression and everything else including my pain. I have also made new friends which I didn’t even consider would happen and we’re not only being social but we’re having fun too which is a bonus”.

There is ongoing monitoring from the instructors with follow up assessments at 16 weeks as well as on completion at 52 weeks. Long-term ‘maintenance’ options are available post 16 weeks which include the continuation of exercise classes as well as opportunities to join clubs such as walking basketball, walking football, golf sessions and walking rugby.

During 2018-2019 there were 913 referrals to the scheme. To gain access to the scheme, a person needs to be referred by a Health Professional, usually a GP, Practice Nurse or a condition specific Physiotherapist.

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