Caldicot Town 3
Llanelli Town 1
ABOUT the only positive the Reds can take from this third successive league defeat is at least they scored the best goal of the contest – a superb 25 yard strike by Sam Wade which levelled the scores at that stage.
This was about the only bright spot in an otherwise below par performance by the visitors with their opponents running out fairly comfortable winners, without showing too much invention themselves considering their current lofty league position.
The Reds also did not have too much luck, with the woodwork coming to the rescue of the home side three times, but they also failed miserably to place any serious pressure on stand-in keeper, Ashley Palmer, who came off the bench when home custodian Ben Davidson was forced off injured after just 16 minutes.
An early sortie by the visitors saw Bruno Forkuoh strike the top of the bar with his attempt, and when Anton Owens broke down the left, Palmer smothered his cross to the near post.
Tony Wallis then had a chance of putting Caldicot ahead when the ballwas directed into his path, but his finish lacked power and Alex Ramsay made a comfortable catch.
The Reds goal survived another close call when Wallis directed a shot on the turn just wide, before he opened his account on 36 minutes following an Olly Smith free kick driven low to the far post which led to a scramble before Wallis got the final contact.
A Richard Lewis set piece led to Jamie Evans glancing his header wide of the home net, and the bar came to the rescue of the hosts again when it was struck by a header from Declan John after Lee Bevan had helped on a Lewis delivery.
On the stroke of half time, good play by Luke Jones gave Wade the opportunity to direct a sweet strike beyond Palmer, and the Reds were the first to threaten after the break with Lewis just failing to find the target with an audacious effort from fully 35 yards.
At the other end, the dangerous Wallis went close with a header following a high clearance into the box, before the introduction of Ben Smith by the home side certainly added a new dimension to their play, and he should have put his them ahead when Smith set up the chance, but his finish was wayward.
He was involved in the second goal on 81 minutes, showing persistence in winning the ball in a tussle on the left before finding Wallis infield whose neat finish restored the advantage.
Wade was desperately unlucky with another superb effort from distance, which beat Palmer all ends up but rebounded off the underside of the bar and out to safety.
To add insult to injury, a minute from time Caldicot extended the lead when Keenan Perrett got to the near post and poked a hopeful ball into the goalmouth where it appeared to deflect off Bevan past Ramsay to just about sum up the Reds` afternoon.
Another difficult game awaits them on Saturday when they travel to take on league leaders Undy Athletic, kick off 2 p.m.
Davidson (Palmer, 16); Gidney; Watkins; Garey; James ©; Wenzel; Ross (Perrett, 68); Smith; Wallis; Slade (Smith, 56); Sharratt. Sub not used: Harvey.
Ramsay; I. Evans; Lewis; Thomas; J. Evans; Bevan ©; Wade; John (Hughes, 70); Jones (Martin, 70); Owens (Logan, 76); Forkuoh. Sub. not used; Zola.
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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