WALKIN’ in the park just the other day, baby, what do you think I saw? Crowds of people sittin’ on the grass with flowers in their hair said, hey boy do you want to score?
They were not so much sitting on the grass as in the stands on Saturday (Jan 7) as visitors from the Midsts of Aberdare visited Stebonheath Park. The 2′ o’clock kick off was fortuitous. Any later and the game would surely have been called off due to the very poor visibility as a thick mist envelped Stebo.
And you know how it is? I really don’t know what time it was oh, oh. So I asked them if I could stay awhile. In fact The Herald stayed for the full 90 minutes as usual to watch The Reds play their first game for almost three weeks on the back of all that Christmas turkey.
Well you know they asked us to stay for tea and have some fun. Oh, oh, he said that his friends would all drop by, oh. Why don’t you take a good look at yourself and describe what you see. And baby, baby, baby, do you like it? What was there not to like? I saw a slippery surface and a full strength Llanelli Town squad lighting up the gloom with some dazzling football and two wonderful goals.
Aberdare did look threatening during the first half with some long ranging passes finding their strikers only to be hashed like a Christmas pudding left too long in the oven and the brandy still wet on Granddad’s Frosty the Snowman shirt. It was messy for quite a while until that jolly man in the red suit Lee Trundle received a gift of a pass from Joe Clarke, chested it onto his foot, lobbed it over the head of a defender and volleyed it passed the goalkeeper who up until that point had managed to keep the visitors in the game with some spectacular saves resembling a brand new limited edition Scalextric Le Mans track.
The second half aw Aberdare Clinton Forbes pulling off a number of great saves to deny some crackers on target from Jordan Follows, Joe Clarke and Jordan Davies. Unfortunately no cigars but the three wise footballers looked happy enough back at the inn toasting the goals of Lee Trundle and oh did I mention the one from Joe Clarke?
Despite close attention similar to that glamorous aunty gets from your next door neighbour on Christmas Eve Lee Trundle managed to break the Marley like chains and send a star quality ball over the Aberdare defence to the feet of Joe Clarke who put it away like Uncle Bill downs the whisky. The keeper didn’t get a sniff and with the mist descending to a point where The Herald couldn’t even see corner flag, nothing to do with the effects of tea suspiciously tasting of Rum from the Jock Stein Lounge of course, we packed up our bags for the Misty Mountains of Pontyates. Where the spirits go now. Over the hills where the spirits fly, oh, I really don’t know. The match ended Llanelli Town AFC 2 – Aberdare Town 0
The Reds welcome Abergavenny Town to Stebonheath tomorrow (Jan 14) in the quarter final of the League Cup, kick off is at 2pm.
Scarlets’ grassroots clubs show community spirit in delivering vital food packages
Scarlets community clubs have been working together to help deliver vital food packages across the region.
Volunteers from grassroots clubs and WRU girls hubs across Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire have been helping take the food packages to vulnerable members of society who are self-isolating during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The clubs have teamed up with the Scarlets Community Foundation — the charity arm of the Scarlets — and Carmarthen-based food wholesaler Castell Howell, while Scarlets players Osian Knott, Kieran Hardy, Ryan Conbeer and Jac Morgan have also lent their hand to the operation.
More than 300 packages were due to be delivered on Monday and Tuesday (April 6 & April 7), with the initiative highlighting that even without any action on the field, rugby clubs remain at the heart of their community.
Scarlets Community Foundation manager Caroline Newman said: “We have been overwhelmed with the support that we have received from local clubs, the number of people prepared to volunteer to help the most vulnerable in our communities has been touching.
“People’s reasons for requesting packs have often been heart-wrenching and it really has made us appreciate what we have.
“The foundation has worked closely with Castell Howell to make sure the packages are ready to go to those whose need is greatest, managing to turn things around pretty quickly and I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in making this happen, our funder, Castell Howell, all the clubs, our helpline volunteer and the foundation members.
“Great teamwork which has made me proud to be part of the fantastic community that rugby creates.”
Here are the rugby clubs and WRU girls rugby hubs taking part in the initiative
Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Amman Utd, Ammanford, Burry Port, Betws, Bynea, Cardigan, Cefneithin, Felinfoel, Fishguard & Goodwick, Furnace Utd, Haverfordwest, Kidwelly, Llandeilo, Llandovery, Llandybie, Llanelli Wanderers, Llangennech, Llangwm, Merched Mynydd Mawr, Milford Haven, Narberth, New Dock Stars, Newcastle Emlyn, Neyland, Penybanc, Pontyates, St Clears, Stradey Sospans, Tenby Utd, Tumble, Tycroes, Whitland, Yr Hendy.
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.”
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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