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Clarbeston Road unveil ground improvements

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FOLLOWING a programme of work carried out over the summer months, Clarbeston Road AFC have today (Sept 29) unveiled a package of improvements to their facilities at Knock Field, Clarbeston Road.

The work has been delivered as the first stage of a long-term development plan for the site and follows a feasibility study commissioned from W A Spees Architects in 2015 with funding from the Solafields Community Fund.

“Back in 2015, we realised that we needed to do something to cope with the growing membership of our club and the increased demand on our facilities” said Clarbeston Road AFC Chairman, Steve Brown.

“We have grown year on year as a club and for the current season we are fielding 15 teams, as well as supporting the Cleddau Warriors Disability Football club. We needed to take action to provide suitable facilities to cater for this growing demand and today marks the completion of the first stage.”

Funding for our current project has been provided by the Welsh Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government. Contributory match funding has been provided through the Landfill Community Fund, with the support of local landfill operator, Potters Waste Management.

Both pitches at the site have been improved. The first choice senior pitch has been extended and a new ball stop net system has been installed at each end. This pitch now has purpose built coach shelters and pitch-side bench seating for around 120 spectators.

The mini/junior pitch has been extended to provide the footprint for a future floodlit artificial surface for mini and junior football and training. It is also now large enough to be divided into 2 separate mini pitches.

The work has been designed to provide essential services, such as 3 phase power and sewage treatment, and to create the footprint for the next development stage. This has involved considerable excavation work at the site and has included improvement to the access to the site from the highway, improved site drainage and reconfiguration of car parking.

“We believe users of the site will notice a big difference and the experience for both players and supporters should be much improved. Our focus will now turn to planning and fundraising for a new building to be constructed on the site to house changing rooms and a clubroom.

“Our club is already an important part of the local rural community and once the proposed building is complete we plan to make it available for wider community uses, as identified in our community consultation.”

Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, said: “Our Rural Development Programme is designed to boost rural communities and this project achieves these aims by tackling poverty and supporting economic priorities, whilst helping the community to thrive.

“I am pleased we have been able to assist in improving Clarbeston Road AFC. The work carried out to improve the pitches will support football in the community, promoting social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas.”

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Alun Wyn Jones to lead Wales against England

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CAPTAIN Alun Wyn Jones returns to lead Wales against England in Cardiff on Saturday (Feb 23).

Jones will make his 122nd Welsh appearance, his 21st as captain, at Principality Stadium as the two remaining unbeaten teams in the Guinness Six Nations go head-to-head.

Jones will pack down with Cory Hill in the second row with Josh Navidi, Justin Tipuric and Ross Moriarty forming the back-row. A front-row of Rob Evans, Ken Owens and Tomas Francis complete the forwards line-up.

Gareth Davies and Gareth Anscombe are named at half-back with Hadleigh Parkes and Jonathan Davies partnering again in the midfield.  Josh Adams, George North and Liam Williams make up the back-three.

“We are really happy with the experience we have got in the side,” said Wales head coach Warren Gatland.

“We have been on the road for the first two weeks, we are looking forward to being back at home and to build on those first two wins and to build on our performance.

“We’ve had a great two week lead up to this game, we’ve looked really sharp and the squad are incredibly motivated to kick on.

“We know how important this game is for the rest of the championship.  It’s a massive challenge playing against an England team that is playing really well and with a lot of confidence and we’ve got to make it difficult for them on Saturday.

“We are looking forward to it and we know the Welsh fans are too and it’s going to be a huge weekend in the Six Nations.”

Elliot Dee, Nicky Smith and Dillon Lewis provide Wales’ front-row replacements with Adam Beard and Aaron Wainwright completing the forward contingent. Aled Davies, Dan Biggar and Owen Watkin provide the backline cover.

Wales Team to play England – Saturday, February 23, KO 16.45 – BBC ONE & S4C

15. Liam Williams (53 Caps)

14. George North (80 Caps)

13. Jonathan Davies (70 Caps)

12. Hadleigh Parkes (12 Caps)

11. Josh Adams (8 Caps)

10. Gareth Anscombe (23 Caps)

9. Gareth Davies (38 Caps)

1. Rob Evans (32 Caps)

2. Ken Owens (61 Caps)

3. Tomas Francis (37 Caps)

4. Cory Hill (23 Caps)

5. Alun Wyn Jones (122 Caps) (CAPT)

6. Josh Navidi (13 Caps)

7. Justin Tipuric (61 Caps)

8. Ross Moriarty (28 Caps)

REPLACEMENTS:

16. Elliot Dee (15 Caps)

17. Nicky Smith (25 Caps)

18. Dillon Lewis (9 Caps)

19. Adam Beard (10 Caps)

20. Aaron Wainwright (5 Caps)

21. Aled Davies (13 Caps)

22. Dan Biggar (67 Caps)

23. Owen Watkin (10 Caps)

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Collins’ stunner earns win for Veterans

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A STUNNING strike from Hakin left back Adam Collins ensured that the Veteran Vikings earned maximum points and remain top of the Welsh Veterans League after a hard fought 4-3 win at home to Coedeva Athletic last Sunday (Feb 17).

However, on a very windy day, the Vikings found themselves behind early on as Gareth Hinwood scored from the penalty spot.

Hakin were soon level though, when Stuart MacDonald set up Matthew Price to score from close range.

Richard Nash gave Hakin the lead scoring via a deflection and Paul Andrews levelled matters for Coedeva before the break, as his shot from distance also took a deflection.

Early in the second half, Michael McCarthy beat the Coedeva keeper to a ball to make it 3-2 from close range and almost immediately, Coedeva were level after another Gareth Hinwood penalty.

Inside the final quarter, a stunning left footed strike from Adam Collins found the top corner from distance to give Hakin the win.

Hakin next play on Sunday, March 3, at home to Swansea University in the semi-final of the Welsh Veterans Cup.

Hakin United: Jason Morgan, Nigel Armstrong, Richard Bland, Nigel Delaney, Adam Collins, Shaun Mills, Richard Nash, Stuart MacDonald, Michael McCarthy, Matthew Price, Leighton Edwards. Subs: Leigh Walters, Simon Rocke, Jamie Phillips, Gary Dawes.

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Saints do the double

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ST CLEARS completed the double over Neyland as they earned a 4-0 win on Saturday (Feb 16).

The Saints, who were forced into a re-shuffle at the back and without one of their midfielders, had beaten them 5-2 at home the previous week and Neyland would have been looking for some revenge.

However, it was the Saints who started strongly and took a deserved lead from a short corner. Jonny Thomas found Steve Thomas unmarked in the box and he headed home.

Both teams had chances to score but Saints keeper James Dickson made a few good saves to keep their 1-0 lead in tact.

The visitors eventually got the second goal of the game following good individual play by Will Evans.

Evans then added his second directly from a free kick to make it 3-0. They then rounded off a good day as Sean Seymour Davies latched onto a long ball to score and make it 4-0.

On Saturday (Feb 23), Neyland are away to Goodwick while St Clears welcome Merlins Bridge.

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