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Bow Street win League Cup for first time

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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

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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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