The treasurer of a club at the centre of a coronavirus cluster after some members went on a trip to Doncaster has spoken out.

Philip Brown said Lindsay Constitutional Club in Abercynon had been "dragged through the mud".

During a Welsh Government press conference on Wednesday, health minister Vaughan Gething said a club outing to Doncaster Races had caused a "significant" rise in Covid-19 cases in Rhondda Cynon Taf alongside a cluster linked to Penygraig RFC.

The trip went to Doncaster but did not actually go to the races. On Thursday, one resident claimed a number of people on the coach had gone for Covid-19 tests before leaving for the day out in Doncaster but had not received test results back before attending.

Mr Brown, treasurer of the club in Abercynon, told BBC Wales the bus trip itself was not run by the venue and was organised by someone who was not a member.

He said four or five of his members went and stayed in Doncaster for two nights, before returning on Sunday.

He said he thought they probably did go to some pubs in Doncaster, but did not stop at any on the way.

Mr Brown said that a member of the club was tested last Wednesday and declared positive on the Thursday, and that the club had been shut as a result.

A total of 15-20 members and staff members have become sick since.

Mr Brown said he had been in touch with Rhondda Cynon Taf council and Public Health Wales with details of who had been in the club at the weekend.

He said how Mr Gething had handled the matter was an "absolute disgrace".

"They have dragged our club through the mud, virtually blaming us for a situation in Rhondda Cynon Taf and locking down because they reckon we are responsible," he said.

"We are not responsible. We've done every measure possibly to help Public Health Wales and the Welsh Government."

But he told BBC Radio Wales: " The members who had gone on the trip had not been tested and had not had any symptoms

"I can categorically say, us as the club, had no knowledge of anyone with symptoms going on that trip."

He added that the club had worked closely with Public Health Wales and the local authority to help them identify the cluster.

He said "Personally, I wouldn't have gone on the trip, but we feel that we have been persecuted. The simple fact is we never organised this trip and we never do."

Speaking to BBC Wales, Donna Clifton, a partner of one of the trip members, said about 15 people had attended the trip. She said: "It's an annual trip that's been running for years. They had a bet, they had a pint, same as what happens every year.

"Nothing was done any different. I know they didn't stop on any pubs on the way up to Doncaster because they never do. They go straight to Doncaster, into a pub, into a hotel, back home on the Sunday.

"A number of people had covid before the trip but hadn't had any test results back."

People were seen lining the streets on Thursday to visit the testing centre at Abercynon Leisure Centre before lockdown measures are introduced across Rhondda Cynon Taf at 6pm.

Residents were required to book a slot at the centre before attending as infection rates continue to rise across the borough. It comes as 350 cases of Covid-19 were recorded in RCT in the last two weeks, council leader Andrew Morgan said.