A YOUTHFUL Aberystwyth Town side fell to a narrow 2-1 defeat at the hands of Welsh League contenders Haverfordwest County at the Conygar Bridge Meadow Stadium on Saturday afternoon (Jul 28).
The game was played less than 24 hours after the Black and Greens lost 1-0 in an entertaining game against National League North outfit AFC Telford United at Park Avenue on Friday evening.
Danny Williams bagged a brace for Haverfordwest in a game where Geoff Kellaway’s deflected goal had seen the Seasiders pull level for a brief spell in the game.
Saturday’s hosts started the brightest as former Seasiders Elliot Scotcher and Ricky Watts dominated the early possession, and they were very nearly in front after 15 minutes when Tim Hicks’ effort was cleared off the goal line.
Soon after the hosts had another opportunity as Watts tested youngster Alex Pennock in goal.
Despite seeing little of the ball, the young Seasiders defended resolutely, with Lee Jenkins and Carwyn Morgan looking assured in the central defensive positions.
Aber gradually worked their way into the game as Harri Rowe and Tom Evans both provided width on the flanks, linking up well with Geoff Kellaway and Nashawn Blake.
But on 30 minutes, the hosts took a well-deserved lead as Scotcher’s rasping effort was well saved by Pennock, only for Danny Williams to reach the ball first and tap home the rebound to make it 1-0.
The Black and Greens continued to try and play their way out of the back, with Liam Berner and Ben Davies showing excellent glimpses in central midfield, however it was the hosts who almost doubled their lead before the break as Scotcher saw his free kick rattle against the crossbar.
Aber started the second half in brighter fashion, with substitutes Steff Gittins and Harry Cottam having an instant impact on the side.
On the stroke of the hour mark, the black and greens found an equaliser as Lee Jenkins strode into central midfield before seeing his shot deflect off Geoff Kellaway and into the back of the net to make it 1-1.
But soon after, the hosts were back in control as Danny Williams played a one-two with Martin Carroll before unleashing an unstoppable effort into the top corner to make it 2-1.
Try as they might, Aber were unable to find a way back into the game despite enjoying positive spells of possession, and the Bluebirds almost netted a third before the end as Steff Williams was denied by the offside flag.
It proved to be a stern test for many of Aber’s most promising youngsters, but certainly an experience they will take plenty away from as they continue their progression and development ahead of the 2018/19 season.
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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