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Aber surrender two goal lead

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ABERYSTWYTH Town battled to a valuable away point against Carmarthen Town at Richmond Park on Sunday afternoon, in a thrilling finale that saw the hosts score two stoppage time goals to keep their slim survival hopes alive.

Declan Walker appeared to have stolen the show with a brilliant hat-trick for Nev Powell’s side, but late goals from Dwayne Coultress and Lee Surman saw the Old Gold snatch a point deep into stoppage time.

Aber manager Nev Powell named an unchanged side after last weekend’s draw with Prestatyn Town, and his team started brightly on a freezing afternoon at Richmond Park.

Aber’s first half-chance of the game came after just seven minutes as John Owen played in Declan Walker down the right flank, but the full back’s whipped cross landed safely in the arms of home goalie Lewis Thomas.

Soon after though, Aber did find the breakthrough as Walker stepped up and drilled a low free kick through Carmarthen’s wall and into the back of the net to make it 1-0.

Declan Walker scores the first goal of the game for Aber

The visitors grew into the game, and on 19 minutes almost extended their lead as Joe Phillips saw his effort blocked inside the penalty area before Damien Allen headed over with the follow up.

However, as the half wore on, Carmarthen began to find their feet and on 26 minutes, Chris Mullock had to be alert to save Luke Bowen’s goal bound effort.

But on 28 minutes, the hosts were level, as Luke Bowen rose highest inside the penalty area to head home Keiran Lewis’ in-swinging free kick to make it 1-1.

Aber did not let that setback knock their confidence, and continued to create chances as first John Owen and then Malcolm Melvin saw their efforts sail narrowly wide of the post.

The first half came to a close with the teams still at level pegging, but with both attacks looking threatening at either end.

The second half started with Aber playing on the front foot, and just three minutes into the second half they were awarded a golden opportunity to go back in front as Declan Walker was tripped inside the penalty area.

Aber’s full back duly stepped up and hammered home the spot kick to regain the seasiders’ lead and make it 2-1.

Town suddenly looked to be in the driving seat again, with the hosts struggling to adapt to the increase in tempo shown by Nev Powell’s side.

Whilst Aber looked a threat in possession, the hosts looked dangerous themselves on the counter attack, and on 62 minutes they very nearly found an equaliser as Mullock produced a fantastic instinctive save to deny Keiran Lewis.

Soon after, Aber were back on the attack as Damien Allen stole possession in midfield before playing in John Owen, who squared the ball for Declan Walker to finish superbly into the bottom corner and grab his hat-trick to make it 3-1.

Aber were in dreamland, and were being roared on to what looked like a sure-fire three points by their loyal supporters.

The hosts, to their credit, continued to battle for their Welsh Premier League lives, and forced another outstanding save from Mullock on 79 minutes as he tipped Mark Jones’ effort on to the crossbar.

Substitutes Geoff Kellaway and Luke Borrelli were introduced for Aber in place of Malcolm Melvin and Ryan Wade as they looked to see out the victory. However, as the game entered stoppage time, Carmarthen began to pile bodies forwards in search of a late consolation goal.

In the third of four additional minutes, they found their late goal as Dwayne Coultress pounced on some loose Aber defending to tap the ball into the net and make it 3-2.

Then, as the game entered the final minute of additional time, Keiran Lewis hooked a looping ball into the Aber penalty area, where the ball ricocheted to Lee Surman who half-volleyed into the bottom corner to make it 3-3.

The action wasn’t finished there, as the hosts launched one final ball into the Aber penalty area in the sixth minute of what was scheduled to be four additional minutes; and the ball fell to Luke Bowen, whose shot was somehow saved by Mullock on the goal line before bouncing off Mark Jones and over the crossbar, and Aber escaped with a point.

A frantic finale to a game that Aber had controlled for long periods, and manager Nev Powell will be extremely frustrated at the way his side conceded two stoppage time goals to surrender two points.

However, Aber’s manager will also have many positives to take into next Saturday’s JD Welsh Cup Quarter Final tie against this afternoon’s opponents Carmarthen Town, back at Richmond Park.

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Top awards for Welsh coaches

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WELSH coaches have claimed three awards at the 2018 UK Coaching Awards.

The showpiece annual event, which is seen as one of the most prestigious by the coaching community, took place at The Honourable Artillery Company, London on Thursday, November 29, 2018.

Included in the list of winners are Swansea’s Francesca Lewis and Aberystwyth’s Lee Coulson BEM.

Lee Coulson BEM has been named as Community Coach of the Year, recognising his great coaching achievements in 2018, following a 26-year stint coaching basketball and 15 years coaching disability sport.

The Aberystwyth coach is helping to raise the profile of disability sport in Wales exponentially. As a Disability Sport Wales national performance pathway coach, many of his participants have won international gold medals and this success has enabled Coulson to grow the performance pathway. Even more children and young people can now take part in, and excel at, disability sport.

Multi-sport coach Coulson said: “It’s crucial that everyone gets the chance to participate in sport – no matter if they are disabled or not. This is what I am trying to help people recognise across Wales. Great coaching ensures that sport is accessible for all.

“After coaching for 26 years, it’s a huge honour to have been recognised at the UK Coaching Awards. Here’s to the next 26 years.”

Tennis coach Lewis won the Talent Development Coach of the Year award after an incredible 12 months which saw her also shortlisted for the British Tennis Coach of the Year award.

Lewis has been responsible for bringing through a huge number of players from entry level into the local academy programmes, with her players winning five national singles titles.

She is also recognised for delivering individual coaching packages and inspiring participants to achieve their goals. She works with parents and players, on-and-off the court, supporting her players at tournaments and looking after their physical and mental development.

Her achievements were also instrumental in Swansea Tennis Centre being awarded both Regional and Local Player Development Centres in the LTA’s new High-Performance Strategy, which will provide even greater opportunities for children in the region to receive high-performance coaching.

What’s more, she has set up a foundation through which she raises in excess of £10,000 annually to help support players at regional level or above to train and compete.

Francesca Lewis, after receiving her award said: “To win at the UK Coaching Awards is the greatest honour for any coach – and I can’t believe I have managed to win this award against such incredible competition in this category.

“I am still a young coach with many years of coaching ahead of me, so to be recognised at this stage in my career gives me a huge boost.”

Additionally, after an outstanding year for Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas in which he won the Tour de France, his coaches were named as winners in The Coaching Chaincategory. Maindy Flyers’ Head Coach and Founder Debbie Wharton and Welsh Cycling’s Head Coach Darren Tudor were named alongside Team Sky’s Tim Kerrison, Matt Parker and Rod Ellingworth for the contribution they have made throughout Geraint’s life.

Emma Atkins, Director of Coaching at UK Coaching said: “The UK Coaching Awards is a way for the nation to praise the great coaching that takes place, and a chance for us in the coaching sector to reflect and celebrate the effect great coaching has on society.

“We are privileged to be able to recognise more great coaching again, especially, in a year where we’ve worked hard to help the public understand what great coaching looks like following the launch of the first ever Coaching Week.

“I am also thrilled to see that more women coaches were recognised for their great coaching expertise, which is testament to the hard work and dedication of many partners who work tirelessly to ensure we create a culture in the coaching sector where everyone can thrive.

“I would like to congratulate all of this year’s winners – as well as the finalists – for their incredible achievements and for benefiting the lives of so many. Well done.”

The UK Coaching Awards is a celebration of great coaching. The best way to access every #GreatCoaching film, interview and podcast we make is to sign-up at www.ukcoaching.org/JoinUs

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Six in a row for Aber Ladies

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ABERYSTWYTH Town Ladies earned their sixth league victory in a row on Sunday (Nov 25) as they beat Dafen Welfare 3-1.

Following last weeks’ Welsh Cup exit, Aber’s attentions turned back to the league with the hosts determined to pick up another three points.

Following a quiet start, the match suddenly sparked into life in what was a crazy few minutes which began with the hosts breaking the deadlock.

Ffiona Evans’ cross was spilled by the visiting goalkeeper Caitlin Forrester and Naomi Evans was the quickest to react to give Aber the lead.

That lead didn’t last long at all though as straight from the restart Dafen went onto the attack and Stacey Webber found the back of the net with a fantastic strike from just inside the area.

46 seconds after conceding, the home side very nearly re-took the lead. Helen Evans’ header looked to have found the net only to be denied by a brilliant save from Forrester.

Despite not playing at their best it was the team in green who looked most likely to score the game’s third goal: Helen Evans saw her long-range strike go narrowly over whilst Caroline Cooper hit the post directly from a corner.

Aber Town started the second half well and eighteen minutes in they were ahead once more when a Caroline Cooper corner was headed in by Kelly Thomas.

Two soon became three when Lisa Cowdy found the net just four minutes after coming on as a substitute, firing the ball past the goalkeeper from near the penalty spot after Josie Pugh’s superb long-range ball over the defence.

Town were causing Dafen Welfare all sorts of problems as the hosts looked for a fourth. Tania Wylde, Naomi Evans and Cowdy were all denied by Forrester yet again whilst Dwynwen Davies had an effort cleared off the line.

Aber Town Ladies now have two big away games coming up, including a trip to face Barry Town United Ladies on December 9. Before then they will hope to make it seven league victories in-a-row when they travel to the capital once more to face Splott Albion on Sunday, December 2.

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Amlyn wins Community Coach of the Year

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BOW Street FC is delighted that Amlyn Ifans has won the highly prestigious award of ‘Community Coach Of The Year’ for the whole of Wales.

In a lavish ceremony at The Cardiff City Stadium in advance of the Wales v Denmark game, Amlyn received the award as part of the FAW’s Annual Grassroots Football awards ceremony.

Amlyn had already won the award for the Central Wales Football area, and beat nominations from all over Wales to take this esteemed national award.

Bow Street FC Chairman Wyn Lewis said: “This huge achievement is totally deserved, and we are delighted that the whole of Wales is able to appreciate the magnificent work that he does for our club and its junior players and for the wider community as a whole. Amlyn’s triumph has to rank as one of the greatest achievements ever for Bow Street FC.

“Not only does he organise and coordinate the extensive junior setup that we have, and play a leading role in organising the prestigious tournament we hold every July, he has also this season joined the management team of our first team.”

Amlyn added: “I was thrilled to hear that I’d won the award for Community Coach of the year for Central Wales but to then hear I’d also won the award for the whole of Wales came as a huge shock.

“I must add that it would be arrogant of me to take all the credit for this award as without the hard work that goes on in the background at CP Bow St FC from a team of extremely committed volunteers, I certainly wouldn’t have been at the ceremony on Friday to receive the award.

“We thoroughly enjoyed the whole day at the awards in Cardiff and even though the result of the Wales game didn’t go our way we came away having had a fantastic experience, one which we’ll never forget.”

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