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MILFORD Athletic were knocked out of the West Wales cup after they lost 4-2 to an impressive Swansea Dockers side on Saturday. However, after the Dockers had a man sent off, Milford brought it back to 2-2 and a real upset looked on the cards. A freak own goal from Nathan Lewis, just a minute later, put the Dockers back in the lead and that derailed Milford’s comeback.

Swansea started the game well and went ahead in the tenth minute when Raymond Ali slotted home a penalty. Midway through the first half the Dockers doubled their lead. Luke Darling dummied the ball well to allow Liam Staines to run through and round the keeper to slot the ball into an empty net.

Milford pulled a goal back ten minutes into the second half when Jamie Bird shot low into the bottom right corner after the Dockers defence failed to clear a corner.

They were then given a real boost when the Dockers were reduced to 10 men as Cameron Rob, attempting to clear the ball, caught an Athletic player as he pounced on the loose ball and Rob was shown a straight red card.

Despite being a man down, the Dockers still looked dangerous going forward and were unlucky when Luke Darling’s shot rebounded back off the post. With twenty minutes to go Milford had a great chance to draw level but Dockers keeper Brian Sparks pulled off a great save to deny Gary Power.

Just three minutes later they finally had their equaliser when Shane Walsh broke the offside trap to shoot low into the bottom left corner of the goal.

Milford were on top but just a minute later their hopes were dashed with an own goal. The Milford defence panicked as a long ball was played forward and the unlucky Nathan Lewis saw his header loop over the keeper and into his own net.

That ended Milford’s comeback and heavy rain made conditions tricky in the final fifteen minutes. With ten minutes to go the Dockers made the game safe when Staines shot from a tight angle and the wet ball seemed to slip through the grasp of the keeper and into the net.

Staines could have had a hat trick but his shot five minutes from the end was well saved by Milford keeper Ian Hawkins. Milford produced a spirited performance but it is the Dockers who progress to the third round.

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Bush qualifies for Paralympic games

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PEMBROKESHIRE’s Para-taekwondo star Matt Bush has qualified for the Tokyo Paralympic games this summer.

At the European Paralympic Qualification tournament, Bush, who is the current world champion, beat Hungary’s Zoltan Kiss 29-1 in the +75kg final.

Para-taekwondo will make its debut at this summer’s Paralympics with the competition set to take place from September 2-4.

Bush, from St Clears, became Britain’s first ever world champion in the sport in 2019 began his latest tournament in fine style, seeing off Roman Ivaniuk of Ukraine 38-2 in the semi-final.

Matt told BBC Sport that it felt ‘so good’ to have secured his spot in the team.

The heavyweight athlete has made quite the mark on the mats. He has medalled at the Korean Open, Oceania Para Taekwondo Championships and the Pan America Para Taekwondo Open.

The GB team for Tokyo will be officially announced later this summer.

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Lawrenny through in Village Cup

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LAWRENNY are through to the next round of the Village Cup after they beat Llandysul on Sunday (May 9).

Both teams were rained off the previous day but some good work meant that the game was able to go ahead.

Llandysul batted first but were bowled out for 82 in 26.3 overs as Jamie Lewis took five wickets for the visitors.

He went on to finish with figures of 5-22 from his seven overs while the home side’s top scorer was captain Llew Hughes who made a score of 20.

Lawrenny did not have it all their own way in their reply as Rhys Jones bowled well to finish with figures of 3-10.

However, an excellent knock of 52 from Harry Thomas steered Lawrenny to their target inside the 24th over.

Elsewhere, Carew’s game away at Drefach was called off while Cresselly had already received a bye to the next round.

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Lawrenny earn big win over Whitland

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LAWRENNY got their 2021 season off to the perfect start on Saturday (May 1) as they beat Whitland by 189 runs.

Whitland won the toss and elected to field but they could only watch as the home side piled on the runs before being bowled out for 264.

Kyle Marsh top scored with a score of 81 while Kurtis Mars also scored 45.

Tom Cole added 32 and James Phillips chipped in with a score of 29 as they batted well.

Wayne Howells and Jonathan Thomas finished with identical figures of 2-27 as Whitland’s bowling did at least keep the score below 300.

Whitland knew they would need to bat well to knock off the runs needed but came up against Ryan Morton who took four wickets for the loss of 17 runs.

Kurtis Marsh also claimed two wickets without conceding any runs as the visitors chances got smaller and smaller.

Geraint Jones did score 30 for Whitland but that was as good as it got as they were bowled out for just 75.

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