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Roosters in stalemate with Hotspur



PENRHYNCOCH had to settle for a point in their game with Holyhead Hotspur on Saturday (Nov 17) as their game finished goalless.

Holyhead had the first real chance of the game as Mel McGinness headed over from a corner.

Josh Shaw then made a good break down the right for the home side but his dangerous cross did not find anyone and visitors were able to clear.

Marc Evans then went close for Holyhead but his free kick went just wide of the right hand post. Dean Garmey also came close but his effort went high and wide.

The Roosters then had another chance as Shaw cut the ball back for Elian Evans but his curling effort was blocked on the line. Liam Lewis then saw a similar effort go wide as the home side started to play well.

On the half hour mark Lewis again came close but sent his effort over the bar.

Antonio Corbisiero then flicked a corner on for Shaw but his header brushed the outside of the post.

Cledan Davies then swung a brilliant ball into the box and it was only half cleared to Luke Sherbon but his shot was saved by the Holyhead keeper.

It remained 0-0 when the half time whistle went and both sides knew the first goal could prove crucial.

At the start of the second half it was Holyhead who began brightly as McGinness crossed in for Marc Evans but his effort again went over the bar.

Elian Evans then had to be alert to head away a free kick from McGinness as it looked to be going in.

Cledan Davies then saw his cross dropped and the ball fell kindly for Lewis but his effort was cleared off the line by Rhys Brown.

Both sides continued to have chances but were unable to find the breakthrough.

With twenty minutes to go the Roosters’ Liam James was in the right place to head a goalbound effort over the bar.

The home side were then reduced to ten men as Steff Davies was shown a straight red card for an apparent off the ball incident.

Penrhyn knew they would face a tough final fifteen minutes with a man down but they defended well to keep Hotspur out.

McGinness looked to make the most of some indecision in the Roosters box but he sent his shot over the bar.

The game finished goalless and both sides reflected on a good point from an entertaining game.

The point for the Roosters keeps them fifth from bottom, five points above the bottom two.

On Saturday (Nov 24), they are at home again as they take on mid-table side Ruthin Town.

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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.”

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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.

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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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