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Aber brought back down to earth

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screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-11-56-57ABERYSTWYTH Town were brought back down to earth with a bump at the Belle Vue Ground as a promising 11th minute lead, thanks to Blake Davies’ first goal for Aber, was transformed into a two goal defeat in 20 first half minutes. 

Stung by heavy defeat last time round, Rhyl started in a determined mood and put Aber under early pressure. Centre backs Sam Rodon and Will Bell did well to block efforts from Alex Jones and Kristian Pierce, and Ryan Wollacott also cleared a corner.

Then, however, the tide turned; the visitors found their feet and started to purr. Joe Clark picked out Chris Jones in a good position and his low effort brought a good save from Owen Evans, then Luke Borrelli’s deep cross was headed back across goal by Geoff Kellaway but Clarke’s headed goal was unluckily disallowed.

Some imperious play in central midfield from Clarke and Luke Sherbon led to Davies being picked out in space 20 yards out and his low shot skidded into the bottom corner for a sweet finish which put Town in control. Aber now grew in confidence and set out to control proceedings.

Jones out left set up Clarke who headed over again, Borrelli’s free kick was tipped over – just – by Evans, and Bell had a shot cleared off the line – and Aber looked to be cruising.

Then, however, the game turned completely as Oliver Buckley burst down the left flank and scored low past Dominic Richards for an improbable 24 minute equaliser.

Two minutes later, a simple free kick into Aber’s box saw Carl Lamb leap highest to earn a 2-1 scoreline.

Back came Aber with Wollacott heading goalbound from Jones’ corner, bringing another save from Evans.

James Brewerton could have made it three for Rhyl but then, down the other end, Ricky Watts brought out another save from Evans.

Kellaway then picked out Jones whose delightful curling effort went inches wide, and two minutes before the break, Lamb curled Rhyl’s third from a free kick at the edge of the box and the turnaround was complete.

There was still time in a breathless half for Jones to curl another 25 yarder just past the post, but the score stayed at 3-1.

The second half failed to live up to the excitement of the first 45, but Aber did keep on going in search of an elusive comeback.

Lamb missed a great opportunity to complete his hat trick, and then sub Jonathan Evans put Owen Evans back to work with a low volley.

Greg Walters, another sub, had a shot blocked, then Jones picked out Davies in the box, and he shielded the ball before turning to unleash a volley which was blocked.

Jones brought about another last gap clearance with a low cross, and determined Rhyl had earned a win which, in truth, they did deserve over the balance of the 90 minutes, while Aber were left to reflect on a failure to take advantage of the litany of chance they created at Belle Vue.

Despite this, setback results elsewhere leave Town in fourth place in the Dafabet Welsh Premier League, which makes Saturday afternoon’s (Sept 3) game at second placed Bangor City all the more mouth-watering. Kick-off is at 2.30pm and the coach leaves Park Avenue at 9.45am.

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Success for Ceredigion school rugby teams at Principality Stadium

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RECENTLY some Ceredigion school rugby teams have been competing at a national level at the Road to Principality event held at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff.

There was a great celebration at Ysgol Bro Teifi on Monday, 25 April following the success of their under-14 girls’ rugby team at a. Following victories in a series of games at regional and national level in recent months, the team had the opportunity to play in the national final at the Principality Stadium against Ysgol Brynhyfryd, Denbighshire.

In front of a crowd of some 150 fans who had travelled to Cardiff to see the game, Bro Teifi managed to win 34 points to 19 in a competitive and fast game. 

Acting Headteacher, Mr Gareth Evans, “At the start of a new term, it was great to be able to celebrate the success of the girls on the rugby field following a run of games where the team was seen subduing Ysgol Bro Dinefwr, Plas Mawr, Bishopston and the Rhymney Valley among others. I would like to congratulate the girls on their huge success and thank the training team of Llyr James, Gemma Potter and Stephanie Gough for their work.”

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Omicron: Sporting events to be played behind closed doors from Boxing Day

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SPORTING events in Wales will be played behind closed doors from Boxing Day in a bid to combat the spread of the Omicron variant.

The Welsh government said the new measures apply to both indoor and outdoor sporting events, with economy minister Vaughan Gething confirming a £3m “Spectator Sports Fund” will support clubs and venues affected.
The decision comes after a number of postponements affecting Welsh sides in the Football League.

Cardiff City have called off their Boxing Day match against Coventry City due to several Covid cases among their players and staff, while Newport County will no longer face League Two leaders Forest Green.

In the United Rugby Championship, Cardiff Blues are scheduled to play Scarlets at Cardiff Arms Park on Boxing Day, although Ospreys vs Dragons at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea has been called off due to Covid.
“Sporting events over the Christmas period are one of the big highlights of the year,” Gething said.
“Unfortunately, the new Omicron variant is a significant development in the pandemic and could cause a large number of infections.
“We need to do everything we can to protect people’s health and control the spread of this awful virus.
“Throughout the pandemic we have followed scientific and public health advice to keep people safe. The advice is clear – we need to act now in response to the threat of omicron. We are giving people as much notice of these decisions as we can.
“Crowds will come back as soon as possible. We want everyone to be here to enjoy their favourite sports.”

Latest figures show Omicron cases are rising in all parts of Wales, while the overall rate of coronavirus infections is at just under 550 cases per 100,000 people.

Cardiff City have called off their Boxing Day match against Coventry City due to several Covid cases among their players and staff; Ospreys vs Dragons also off in United Rugby Championship; Welsh economy minister says clubs and venues would be supported through a £3m fund.

An EFL spokesperson said: “The EFL notes the disappointing news that fans of Welsh clubs competing in the EFL will be unable to watch their team play live at home over the festive period, but we appreciate there are many factors influencing each administration’s decision.
“Looking forward, the League will continue to work with our broadcast partners and other relevant stakeholders throughout this difficult period as we consider how we can appropriately support our Welsh clubs and their supporters so they can watch their team while matches are played behind closed doors.
“In addition, we will engage with the authorities in Wales to determine what type and or level of financial support they can provide our clubs in Wales whilst they are unable to welcome supporters through the turnstiles.”

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Have your say on how Ceredigion becomes a more physically active county

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A CONSULTATION is currently underway on how Ceredigion is becoming a more physically active County. 

There is a plan to follow the “Sport & Recreational Activity Strategy 2014-2020” which is being developed, with an opportunity for Ceredigion residents to have their say.

Your feedback will be essential in supporting Ceredigion County Council’s production of a new development plan and in helping determine its priorities from 2022 to 2027. This will ensure that Ceredigion residents have access to quality opportunities to become more active, benefiting their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

The new plan will identify how becoming a more active county can contribute to the Council’s Corporate Strategies and the Local Wellbeing Plan.

To ensure that the plan meets the needs of all its residents, the Council would like as many people and organisations as possible to complete the survey. Residents have until 17 October to complete the survey: https://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/your-council/consultations/physical-activity-development-plan/

Councillor Catherine Hughes, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member for Porth Gofal, Early Intervention, Wellbeing Hubs and Culture said: “The physical and mental health and well-being of Ceredigion’s residents is very important. This is a chance for residents to have their say on how they want to receive sport and physical activities for the years to come. We recognise the impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on sport and physical activity in the county and this is an opportunity to let us know how we can build back stronger.”

For further information or if you would like the survey in an alternative format, contact our Customer Services Contact Centre on 01545 570881 or clic@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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