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CUP HEARTBREAK FOR ALL GOLD

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CARMARTHEN TOWN 1 – RHYL FC 2

LOOKING to clinch a semi-final spot in Welsh football’s premier cup competition, Town were handed a boost prior to kick off as injury doubts Cortez Belle and Kyle Bassett were passed fit to play.

Manager Mark Aizlewood responded by giving Welsh Premier League player of the month and usual centre-half Belle, the unfamiliar task of leading the forward line in a bid to take to the game to Rhyl.

With just 3 minutes on the clock the plan appeared to have backfired as Town’s defence was at sixes and sevens as Rhyl launched a slick and clinical attack to open the scoring. A mistake in midfield saw the ball break free to Levi Makin, who’s first time pass freed Mark Cadwallader who found he had the freedom of the right hand side to exploit. He drove forward 25 yards unchallenged before reaching Town’s 18 yard box. From the angle of the area his well struck, but central shot proved too much for goalkeeper Lee Idzi who could only help it into the corner of the net.

The shock of conceding so early on seemed to have a profound effect on Town’s players. For the first 30 minutes they were panicked in possession and failed to find any rhythm in the game. It was a period in which shell shocked Town could have, and perhaps should have found themselves further behind.

Cadwallader was proving himself a menace down the right hand side and after good work in the middle by Carl Lamb, he could’ve made it 2-0, but his shot found the side-netting. David Thompson was also having joy down the left and his shot come cross in the 17th minute was begging to be touched in but went through a crowd of players and out of play to the relief of the home crowd.

The dominance paid off in the 30th minute as the Lilywhites doubled their advantage. More sloppy play by Carmarthen led to a Rhyl corner and the frailties from set pieces shown against Connah’s Quay on Saturday reared their head again.

The elusive Makin drove the ball into the near post area 4 yards from Town’s goal to find an unmarked Ashley Ruane, and the striker gleefully accepted the opportunity to head in the easiest goal he will score this season.  With Carmarthen’s only threat coming in the shape of makeshift centre forward Cortez Belle, Mark Aizlewood was forced into shuffling the pack at half-time. Although it didn’t reap immediate success with Rhyl controlling the early exchanges, Carmarthen did start to grow in the game.  Kyle Bassett and Lewis Harling were starting to enjoy more freedom and this allowed Belle to flourish.

With 25 minutes to play a long ball forward was chased down by Belle and with defenders in attendance, Rhyl’s keeper Alex Ramsay rushed needlessly out of his goal and in the process brought down Belle for a stonewall penalty. Ramsay was also booked for his troubles with the Richmond faithful chanting for red. The resulting spot kick was dispatched with aplomb by Belle who was proving manager Aizlewood’s decision to start him up front to be an inspired one.  It was Rhyl now who were lacking composure and gifting Town long spells of possession.

As they pressed in search of an equaliser Carmarthen became vulnerable to the counter and more strong running by David Thompson saw him find himself with a golden opportunity to put the tie to bed. Just as he was about to strike Jordan Wells appeared from nowhere with the tackle of the game to keep Town in the hunt.  With the 4th official showing 4 minutes added time, Town pressed hard and after Ceri Morgan struck the woodwork with a sublime effort from outside the area, the crowd were anticipating another 30 minutes of play.

This was almost secured by Kyle Bassett but his fine curling effort was safely gathered by Ramsay.  As the final whistle went Carmarthen could reflect on a much improved 2nd half performance in which they had the lion’s share of the possession, but in truth never really tested the Rhyl keeper. Although cup glory can not be achieved this season, Aizlewood’s men will take heart from a good last 30 minutes and hope they can translate this into the remainder of the season and maintain their place in the league.

Teams:  Carmarthen Town – Idzi; Cummings; Hanford; Belle; Wells; Fowler; Harling; Bassett; Morgan; Thomas (White 82’) Walters. SUBS NOT USED Prosser; Williams; Llyr.

Rhyl FC- Ramsay; Halewood; Dawson (Gossett 90’); Stones; Ruane; Astles; Brewerton (Walsh 58’); Makin; Cadwallader; Thompson; Lamb (Kenny 68’). SUBS NOT USED Rowlands; Askew.

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Green Party call for free bus services

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COUNCILS and political parties in Ceredigion are being urged to unite in a radical initiative to help counter the climate emergency by making the county the first in Britain to offer completely free – and more frequent – bus services.

Backers of the Ceredigion Green Party plan say it would slash carbon emissions and cut air-pollution by drastically reducing the number of cars on Ceredigion’s roads, while stimulating efforts to create a greener economy by making it free, and easy, for workers – especially the lower-paid – to get to and from jobs.

The scheme would follow the example of Dunkirk in northern France, where, a year after public transport was made free, a study has found 85 per cent of residents now use the region’s ticketless buses. Car parks have emptied, and poorer residents say it’s now easier to socialise and take advantage of entertainment and cultural activities. The region has a fleet of environment-friendly express buses running every 10 minutes throughout the day.

Greens want the county council to coordinate efforts to investigate sources of funding for the scheme, which it believes could be a pilot project for other counties.

Green Party election candidate Chris Simpson said:

“Climate emergency declarations by governments and councils often don’t go much beyond words. But here’s a way to make a real difference, and at the same time show that we recognise that efforts to lessen the effects of climate-breakdown, and to stop damage to biodiversity, will mean big changes in the ways our society functions.

“However, the beauty of this scheme is that it doesn’t make things harder but improves our quality of life. The experience of the T-buses in Ceredigion, which are free at weekends, shows how well-used buses are when there’s no charge. Make them free all the time, and frequent, and their popularity will soar, bringing so many climatic, social and economic gains.”

Funding, the party suggests, would come from central and local government and perhaps a levy on other public bodies and companies with substantial numbers of employees.

Dunkirk took its inspiration from Tallinn, Estonia, where public transport is free, and Luxembourg, where bus, train and tram fares are being scrapped as part of an environmental push.

At the same time, Greens are demanding HS2 be abandoned in favour of “a local transport revolution”, warning the planned £88 billion rail line would destroy dozens of ancient woodlands and biodiversity and take, by HS2’s own admission, 120 years to become carbon-neutral. Instead, the party wants decarbonisation focused on electrification of existing lines.

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Conservative Candidate highlights concerns over large-scale wind farms

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EARLIER this year, the Welsh Government published its Draft National Development Framework (NDF) setting the direction for development in Wales. Within the NDF there is a section dedicated to ‘Energy’ development.

The Welsh Government are proposing “large scale wind and solar development to be directed towards Priority Areas for Wind and Solar Energy”.

Over a dozen areas have been identified throughout Wales and two of these priority areas cover large sections of Ceredigion.

According to the document, there will be a presumption in favour of “large scale on-shore wind and solar energy development in these areas, and an acceptance of landscape change.”

Amanda Jenner told The Ceredigion Herald: “Like many people, I’m passionate about protecting our environment and I fully recognise the importance of tackling climate change. However, I am seriously concerned about the huge pylons that could be needed to connect the electricity to the grid. These proposals do not consider the impact on the tourism sector!”

“Tourism is highly important to Ceredigion’s economy and it includes many agricultural businesses that have diversified into this sector, a trend that is likely to continue. The Labour run Welsh Government must consider how large-scale energy developments will impact Ceredigion’s tourism industry.”

Decisions on large-scale energy developments will not be made under the usual Local Authority Planning processes. Rather, Welsh Government Ministers in Cardiff will decide whether to approve such developments, under the Developments of National Significance process.

Amanda further added: “The top down nature of these proposals is worrying! The fact that tourism hasn’t been fully taken into account nor the disruption of large areas of peat, which may be hugely important to the ecology of an area, shows just how far removed the Labour run Welsh Government are from us.”

“The considerable additional powers which Welsh Labour Ministers are accruing for themselves, undermine local democracy. At the very least, despite being decided by Ministers in Cardiff, the Welsh Government must ensure thorough local community engagement and consultation. It is essential that there is a clear process and communities must be given ample notice of planning applications, in order to assess the wider implications and impacts on their communities.”

The Conservative Candidate has urged the Labour run Welsh Government to follow the example of the Conservative Government in Westminster and to launch a review in to the impact of wind farms.

Amanda said: “I urge the labour run Welsh Government in Cardiff to follow this sensible decision by the Conservative Government and to launch a similar review in Wales”.

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New plaque unveiled at Cardigan War Memorial to honour three fallen soldiers from Cardigan

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A NEW plaque was unveiled at Cardigan War Memorial to honour three fallen soldiers from Cardigan. The plaque was unveiled during a public Commemoration and Dedication Service on 12 October.

The plaque commemorates Michael J. Dunphy who gave his life in the 1982 Falklands War and Lee T. Davies and David M.E. Greenhalgh who gave their lives in the 2001-2015 conflict in Afghanistan. The plaque was unveiled by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Dyfed, Miss Sara Edwards.

Councillor Paul Hinge is Ceredigion County Council’s Armed Forces Champion. He said: “It was an honour and privilege to welcome everyone to the Service of Commemoration and Dedication, not only as a son of Cardigan, but as a veteran myself and Ceredigion County Council’s Armed Forces Champion.

“The three fallen soldiers of Cardigan, Michael Dunphy, Lee Davies and Dave Greenhalgh paid the ultimate sacrifice and their names are now immortalised on Cardigan War Memorial honouring their sacrifice.

“It was a privilege to work with all stakeholders involved in planning the day including the families, regiments, Cardigan Town Council and Ceredigion County Council officers. We were delighted with the strong attendance on Saturday which was a testament to how important this Commemoration is to all concerned. It was a fitting tribute to the fallen soldiers of Cardigan.”

 

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