BOW Street made history on Saturday (May 26) as they won the Spar Mid Wales League Cup for the first time by defeating Welshpool 4-3 in an enthralling cup final at a sun drenched Carno.
After losing out in four previous finals, the Magpies at last were able to celebrate the biggest win in their history.
It did not start well as Welshpool took the lead through a Adam Davies header after only 3 minutes. This stirred the Magpies, and following an intense period of pressure, Llion Jenkins equalised.
Then a bizarre series of events led to Welshpool scoring an own goal to put Bow Street 2 1 up, followed by a magnificent left foot strike by Tom Williams to increase the lead.
It was all Bow Street at this stage and the Welshpool goalkeeper made three sensational saves to keep his side in the game. Then on the stroke of half time, out of the blue, Welshpool got a goal back through a Ricky Litchfield.
Bow Street still had more possession and posed the greater threat in the second half, but Welshpool equalised twenty minutes in through Adam Davies. The winning goal came five minutes from the end scored by Ifan Burrell who finished superbly.
The final whistle sparked joyous scenes amongst the players and the huge Bow Street presence in the crowd and there was a rapturous reception for captain Garmon Nutting as he lifted the coveted trophy.
Manager Barry Williams said: “As far as today’s game is concerned, we should have sealed the result in the first half, but we allowed Welshpool back in to the game.
“Ifan’s goal at the end brought both relief and joy! I am so delighted for all involved with a club, and I can’t compliment the players enough for their efforts this season.
“The 18 players in the first team squad have a fantastic spirit of togetherness which I hope will hold us in good stead for future seasons. I also want to place on record my sincere thanks to my managerial ‘mates’ Rich Lucas and Dylan James.”
Chairman Wyn Lewis added: “We have waited a long time for this cup, -The Holy Grail! After the heartache of the four lost finals, this is so sweet. I congratulate the management and the players whose commitment to the club is phenomenal.
“I would also like to thank our magnificent supporters who turned out in huge numbers. It has been a momentous week with the Reserves winning the league and the Len & Julia Newman cup.
“Again, congratulations to Rhodri Jones and Leighton Reynolds, the Management team and the players of the Reserves on a phenomenal season for them. This is a very happy football club, long may it continue!”
Team: Ll Hughes, M Pemberthy, T Evans, S Antoniazzi, N Evans, G Nutting, A Gittins, LL Jenkins, M Gornall, I Burrell, T Williams. Subs: O Roberts-Young, S Richards, Rh Garner, C Ferreira.
Photos by Colin Ewart
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.”
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.
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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