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Best places in Ceredigion for watching Scarlets

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Missed out on tickets for the last three Scarlets Guinness PRO14 matches against Edinburgh Rugby, Zebre Rugby Club and the Dragons? Not signed up to Premier Sports? Here’s the best venues in Ceredigion where you can cheer on the boys

  1. Aberystwyth RFC FACT CHECKED

Where: Plascrug, Aberystwyth, SY23 1HL

Offering fans the opportunity to watch the Scarlets battle it out on multiple screens, Aberystwyth club house is sure to be buzzing on game days. Enjoy a burger for £2.50 and a pint starting at £3.20, and soak up the atmosphere of the game with other die-hard rugby fans.

Aberystwyth club house is open 6:30-9:30pm Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and Saturday until 11:00pm and does not require membership to enter. Food is served on Saturday’s and until 8:00pm.

2. Harbourmaster Hotel and Pub

Where: 1 Quay Parade, Aberaeron, SA46 0BT

Photograph courtesy of The Harbourmaster

Serving local produce with the likes of Cardigan Bay crab and Welsh beef and lamb, the harbour-side bar with funky décor is a fabulous location for Scarlets fans to watch the game on Saturday against the Blues.

With lunch served from 12:00pm-2:30pm and dinner from 6:00pm-9:00pm every day, the establishment also has a killer cocktail list with locally-made spirits. Guests of all ages welcome

3. Lampeter Town RFC FACT CHECKED

Where: Memorial Playing Fields on North Road, Lampeter, SA48 7JA

Get your game on at Lampeter Town RFC club house and enjoy the buzz alongside other Scarlets fans. The club is open on Friday evening, all-day Saturday and Sunday afternoon and welcomes all.

Support the lads at this much-loved watering hole with pints of bitter and draught cider under £3.30 and coffee for just £1.00. No food served on match days at the moment but this will change shortly.

4. The White Horse

Where: Upper Portland Street, Aberystwyth, SY23 2DT

The White Horse is a hustling and bustling pub in the heart of Aberystwyth and is one of the most popular places amongst rugby fans for watching games. With multiple plasma screens, a fully stocked bar and friendly staff, this venue is the perfect place to meet Scarlets fans alike to cheer on the boys. They also have a function area where large groups are welcome. Scarlets fan party anyone?

Open from 10:00am – 11:00pm every day with extended hours until midnight on Saturday, The White Horse is the place be for Scarlets fans!

5. Cwmanne Tavern

Where: Cwmann SA48 8DR

Open every day from 11:00am-11:30am, Cwmanne Tavern is a local haunt, with a mixture of menu items including Welsh lamb kebabs, steak and chips and potato cakes stuffed with wild garlic pesto to indulge when watching the Scarlets game.

Joining Scarlets alike, Cwmanne Tavern is a great place to enjoy the match with everyone of all ages. The venue is also home to a medley of vegan items too!

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Bow Street celebrate 2018/19 season

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AN excellent gathering of players, wives, girlfriends and officials attended the annual Bow Street Football Club dinner at the Marine Hotel in Aberystwyth on May 17, to celebrate the end of the 2018/2019 season.

The season saw both the first and reserve teams consolidate themselves in their respective leagues after indifferent starts. The highlight though was the Under 19 team winning the Mid Wales League Cup and finishing runners up in their league.

All enjoyed a magnificent carvery, and the Chairman, Wyn Lewis thanked the Marine for the superb welcome and warm hospitality.

The Chairman thanked all at the club who had contributed during the season both on and off the field.

He was particularly proud of all the support that the teams had received during the season.

He then announced the first award of the evening – ‘Clubman Of The Year’.

This proved an extremely popular announcement as it was awarded to Richard Lucas, who is stepping down from the first team Management after 5 years.

Richard has contributed fully to the activities of the club for over 20 years as a player, junior coach and coordinator and as part of the senior team management.

Sion Manley and Rhys Evans the Under 19 Managers then introduced the awards for a team which had exceeded all expectations by winning the prestigious League Cup.

The popular management duo of Rhodri Jones and Leighton Reynolds introduced the awards in relation to the Reserve team, and Barry Williams, Richard Lucas and Amlyn Ifans, the First team management, announced the awards relating to the senior team.

The final award of the evening was the Pat Evans Memorial Award, which was given to the ‘Supporters’ Player Of The Year’ – winner being Tomos Wyn Roberts.

The evening, concluded with short speeches from Dylan Roberts on behalf of the sponsors and Allan ‘Baba’ Evans, vice president of the club.

Awards:

Bow Street FC Firsts

Players player of the year: Matthew Pemberthy & Tom Wyn Roberts

Supporters player of the year: Tom Wyn Roberts

Top Goalscorer: Tomos Williams

Manager’s player of the year: Matthew Pemberthy

Young player of the year: Ryan Evans

Most improved young player: Bradley Walsh

Bow Street Reserves

Managers Player of the Year: Jac Williams

Player of the year: Neil Davies & Shaun Jones

Top goalscorer: Shaun Jones

Under 19

Top goalscorer: Shaun Jones

Players Player: Siencyn Jones

Managers Player: Harry Turner

Clubman Of The Year: Richard Lucas

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Bow Street reveal new Football Festival sponsor

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THE prestigious Bow Street FC Junior festival celebrates its 17th anniversary on July 13-14 this year, and the club are delighted to reveal their new event sponsor.

Castell Howell Foods, firmly established as one of the UK’s leading independent food wholesalers, has agreed to sponsor the extremely popular event for the next two years.

Bow Street FC Chairman Wyn Lewis said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Brian Jones and Castell Howell Foods on board as our tournament sponsors.

“Castell Howell are well known for their commitment to community-based activities especially junior sport, and we appreciate the faith they have shown in us by agreeing to become our new partners.

“Brian Jones is a hugely respected figure in Welsh life and having been fortunate to meet him on a few occasions, it is obvious he has a huge passion for supporting youngsters and grass roots organisations.

“Our well-established Junior football festival is now supported by teams from across Wales and we believe that our new partnership demonstrates both its profile and the Club’s values and aspirations.”

Castell Howell’s Managing Director, Brian Jones said: “May I say how delighted, happy and proud we are to be associated with this now very well established, popular and hugely successful Junior Football Festival organised by Bow Street FC.

“We at Castell Howell are big supporters of communities and believe greatly in giving our youngsters opportunities and we are delighted to support this superb event in Bow Street.”

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Under 19s retain National League trophy

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ABERYSTWYTH Town’s Black and Green Under 19s retained their National League Trophy on Monday night (May 6) at Newtown with a well deserved 2-1 victory over Northern Champions Cefn Druids, thanks to goals from Lee Jenkins (36 mins) and captain Tom Evans, whose 75th minute strike won the match following Lewis George’s injury time equaliser for the Ancients.

Looking to repeat their first of last season by winning the Club’s first ever National League Trophy, Bari Morgan’s team started well with Dylan Benjamin and Tom Evans prominent down the right, and Harri Rowe impressing on the left side.

A number of opportunities were created with Liam Doherty and Niall Coleridge amongst others going close, but then nine minutes before the break Welsh Schools Captain Jenkins rose like a salmon to power home a header and give the Ceredigion side a priceless lead.

Oli Farebrother did brilliantly to deny George in a one on one but then in the third minute of injury time George sneaked in at the back post to equalise, leaving the game in the balance.

In truth Aber had dominated the first half without taking all their opportunities, and that pattern was repeated in the second half with Town’s back four of Rowe, Jenkins, Ryan Evans and Benjamin looking solid, Liam Berner, Carwyn Morgan and the tricky Niall Coleridge controlling the midfield and the front three of Steff Gittins, Doherty and Evans always looking dangerous.

Finally with a quarter hour remaining Evans down the right was played in by Doherty, and he expertly spun his man before blasting the winner low into the corner of the net.

Druids’ Ryan Davies was sent off with eight minutes to go and Aber saw the game out comfortably to ensure another hugely impressive triumph.

Captain Tom Evans received the Trophy amid joyous scenes and Manager Bari Morgan, Assistant Stefano Antoniazzi and Goalkeeping Coach Dave Owen were proud men as their young side celebrated another remarkable triumph.

They have a chance to earn a third Trophy of the season on Friday night at Machynlleth when they face Llanidloes Town in the Central Wales FA Youth Cup Final.

Everyone at the Club congratulates the entire squad on a wonderful achievement, which bodes well for the future of Aberystwyth Town FC and football in Ceredigion.

Photo by Colin Ewart

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