• Betws 17 -Pembroke 12-Swalec League Division 4 West

    Betws produced a superb team performance to retain their unbeaten home record as they were severely tested by a big, impressive and uncompromising visiting pack. Pembroke started strongly and had the homesters in trouble from the outset as they dominated

  • Ammanford 13 Mumbles 8-Swalec League Division 2 West

    AMMANFORD bounced back from their narrow defeat at Pencoed, with a hard-earned victory to move into fourth place in Division 2 West. Ammanford were well on top for most of the first half with second rows Mark Jones and Richard Clegg supplying quality

  • Brynaman 31 Tycroes 3-Swalec League Division 4 West

    AFTER the disappointment of last week’s Swalec Cup reversal, Bryn kept up their impressive home form with a bonus point victory over a dogged Tycroes outfit. Swiftly on the offensive following some excellent lineout play by second row Gareth Huw

  • Llandovery 8 -Neath 28-Principality Premiership

    Llandovery gave it their all at Church Bank but could not stop the defending champions Neath from claiming the four points that kept them in touch with league leaders Llanelli, writes Huw S Thomas. Neath coach Rowland Phillips praised Llandovery

  • Caerbryn 3 Kilgetty 1-West Wales Cup

    Kilgetty began well and spread the ball wide to take advantage of Caerbryn’s sluggish start, grabbing an opening goal inside ten minutes. The home side regained their composure as David Roberts threaded the ball through to Simon James who found

  • Amman United 7 Llanybydder 48-Swalec League Division 3 West

    AMMAN United failed to warm up the home-crowd on a cold Cwmamman Park afternoon. United continue to battle away, but their very young side is coming up against bigger sides most weeks, particularly up front, where Llanybydder were strong and made it

  • Ammanford U12s 2 Teigrod Teilo U12s 4

    IT was the Teigrod who took full advantage of their chances. Tommy Morgan, with his pace, left the Ammanford defence in tatters and that goal was followed shortly after with another great goal from Cai Davies, shooting just inside the 18-yard

  • C.M.B. 2 Cwmaman United 3-Neath & District Reserve Division 1

    Cwm travelled to Neath in freezing conditions in what was potentially a ‘banana skin’ of a game against a CMB team that were looking for their first win of the season. Cwm started well with some neat passing moves on a terrible pitch which would

  • Shane’s mentor killed

    The Amman Valley rugby coach who discovered Wales and Ospreys legend Shane Williams has been killed in a road accident in Spain. Alan “Chico” Davies died when his car was involved in a head-on collision in Alicante on Thursday evening. The 63-year-old

  • Death crash biker ‘will-be missed’

    TRIBUTES have been paid to Ammanford biker Kevin Adrian Evans who was killed in a collision with a police car last week. Mr Evans, known to friends as Angus, died after the crash on Betws Road, Betws, at 11.35pm on Wednesday (October 29). The sound

  • South Wales Guardian Opinion

    So Coal House At War has finally come to an end and – for better or worse - the Griffiths family of Gwaun Cae Gurwen are back enjoying the comforts of the 21st century in the Amman Valley. What an experience it must have been. Despite the hardships they

  • To tree or not to tree – that is the question!

    Traders in Llandovery anticipating a cheerless festive season following news that the town council has been forced to axe their free Christmas tree service can breathe a sigh of relief – Christmas trees are on their way after all! Last week’s Guardian

  • School worries

    CARMARTHENSHIRE county council is playing Russian roulette with the lives of children using Llandybie Primary School. That is the claim of Llandybie community councillor Meirion Bowen who maintains the entrance to the school, off the main Llandeilo

  • Battle to get buses in-village is carrying on

    RESIDENTS of Llandybie are still pressing for buses to be directed back through the village, it emerged last week. First Cymru axed the routes after drivers experienced problems with double parking, but local councillors say the issue won’t go away.

  • Store’s £180k town ‘bribe’

    supermarket giant Tesco will be expected to contribute £180,000 towards maintaining the vitality of Ammanford town centre if it receives planning permission to replace its existing supermarket in the town, county council officials have revealed. The

  • ‘Wicked’ knife murderer must do at least 13 years

    KILLER Maxine Williams will spend a minimum of 13 years in jail before being considered for release. The ruling by Mr Justice Nigel Davis at Swansea Crown Court follows a jury’s unanimous verdict that Williams, 22, was guilty of the murder of her mother

  • Flats get fixed in facelift boom

    A HOUSING renovation boom is taking place in the Upper Amman Valley, with one refurbishment project completed and more than 20 other properties set to be done up. Flats in Heol y Gelynen in Brynaman have been spruced up by Carmarthenshire Council and

  • Estate make-over is no soap opera

    EFFORTS to clean up a Capel Hendre housing estate have been caught on camera. Residents young and old got their hands dirty as part of the big blitz at Bancyddraenen recently. The clean-up marked the end of a week of activities to improve the environment

  • Anger at 999-false alarm

    POLICE in Brynaman have slammed those responsible for a 999 false alarm which triggered a big and costly rescue operation. Three fire engines, several police cars and a rescue boat all raced to the scene at the River Amman following reports a young girl

  • £2.4m boost for culture vultures

    A £2.4 MILLION project is being launched to celebrate the culture and heritage of the Towy Valley. The Tywi Afon Yr Oesoedd Landscape Partnership scheme is aimed at bringing together communities from across the area and creating a legacy for the future

  • Liberation for TV families

    The Coal House families said a bittersweet farewell to Stack Square as their wartime experience came to an end. The three Welsh families left Blaenavon last Friday after spending a month living in 1944 as part of the second series of the hit BBC show

  • Takeaways could face fines over illegal workers

    TWO BUSINESSES on the same Swansea Valley street could face substantial fines after five illegal workers were found employed there. Officers from the UK Border Agency’s Swansea office visited Ming Kee and Curry Nights takeaways in Wern Road, Ystalyfera

  • It’s new chapter for library

    LLANDEILO Library is to undergo major refurbishment to provide an improved service to the community. A new IT suite will be created at the facility, along with redecoration, new carpeting and external renewal work. The investment is being made by Carmarthenshire

  • Boy racers in-the spotlight

    A GWENDRAETH Valley councillor is calling for residents to report speeding cars along a problem road in Penygroes. County Councillor Sian Thomas is urging residents of Waterloo Road in Penygroes to inform her of any motorists seen speeding on that stretch

  • Top marks for tackling anti-social behaviour

    Pupils at Penygroes Primary School have proved that they know how to tackle anti-social behaviour by winning first place in a workshop quiz. The workshop, which is run by the Community Safety Partnership, gave pupils from Penygroes, Blaenau, Llandybie

  • Woman, 42,-faces trial-for assaults

    A SWANSEA Valley woman faces a New Year trial after denying assaulting two women in the village. Deborah Ann Thomas, of 62 Lon Tan Yr Allt in Alttwen, entered not guilty pleas to two charges of assault when she appeared before Neath magistrates last