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Haverfordwest County AFC: Players continue to progress.

Haverfordwest County AFC: Players continue to progress.

HAVERFORDWEST AFC FOOTBALL ACADEMY is the only FAW Football Academy operating in Pembrokeshire and participates in a competition set up for Welsh Premier League Clubs. To comply with the FAW Academy Regulations clubs must satisfy the FAW that players are registered for all mandatory age groups (under 10, under 12, under 14 under 16 and under 19.) and that training arrangements and playing facilities meet minimum FAW standards for the duration of the season.

To provide the pathway to a higher level of football, players are assessed regularly and their names passed to Premiership scouts and to the FAW Trust Player Identification officer to give them a chance to progress further in the game. Recent examples of this are Finn Iles, Morgan Thomas and Travis O’Connor and Nicholas Jones. Also Joseph Griffiths a member of Academy teams for three years is about to start a 6 week trial with Swansea City. Six members of the Under 19s team have been recommended for the FAW Academy Under 18s squad for a forthcoming match versus the Republic of Ireland.

These are Gwion Howell, Lloyd Hughes, Aiden Rainbow, Mark Davies, Glen Fetini, and Daniel Evans. All Academy coaches have to satisfy a rigid criteria of qualifications and competence with all Head Coaches possessing a minimum of a UEFA B qualification or be on the pathway towards this award. Haverfordwest County Football Academy in its mission statement is committed to the best practice of football coaching to ensure that local players are given the opportunity to progress to the first team of the main club, and if possessing the necessary potential to go for trials with Swansea City and the Regional Squads of the Football Association of Wales.

The combined teams of the Football Academy are pictured (see above) before the match against Academy newcomers Risca, themselves committed to giving local youngsters accesss to the pathway for players toward national squad selection through FAW Academy football. Haverfordwest County Football Academy is grateful for the generous renewed sponsorship from West Wales Properties, and for this season from The Milford Haven Port Authority and Mr Richard Morgan with proceeds from the Ollie Morgan Memorial Match and continued support from Haverfordwest County AFC, the parent club. The Academy has always had close links with the Pembrokeshire Schools F.A. who field teams in under 11s, under 13s and under 15s competitions. Players have always progressed to higher levels of football from this pathway such as Joe Allen (Swansea and Liverpool and captain of Wales), Dylan Rees (Cardiff City) and Liam Cullen (Swansea City Academy and Wales).

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Sutton steers Cresselly into second round

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CRESSELLY set up a Harrison Allen second round clash with Hundleton as they beat Haverfordwest on Wednesday night (May 12).

It was a clash between the 2019 winners (Haverfordwest) and the 2018 winners (Cresselly) with both harbouring hopes of again reaching the final.

Cresselly won the toss and elected to field which looked to be a good decision as they restricted Town to 124-7 from their 22 overs.

Tom Murphy and Mike Shaw each picked up two wickets while Ryan Lewis and Tom Arthur also took a wicket each.

In reply, Cresselly lost Ryan Lewis and Iwan Izzard for single figure scores but Dan Sutton and Alex Bayley got the visitors going again.

Bayley hit five fours in a knock of 42 while Sutton top scored for his team, hitting nine fours in a score of 64.

That saw Cresselly over the line in the final over as they booked their place in the next round of the Bowl.

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Dock too good for Laugharne in Harrison Allen

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PEMBROKE DOCK booked their place in the second round of the Harrison Allen Bowl on Wednesday (May 12) as they beat Laugharne by 134 runs.

The Dock won the toss and elected to bat and that looked to be a good decision with openers Jake Davies and Jake Griffiths sharing 102 runs for the first wicket.

That partnership was eventually broken by Tyler Reynolds who had Griffiths caught by Andrew Edwards. Griffiths had thumped eight fours and three sixes in his knock of 66 from 44 balls.

Davies hit five fours in a score of 46 but he was then bowled by Shaun Lynch.

Lynch also bowled Scott Griffiths but a knock of 34 from George Smith kept the scoreboard ticking over before Billy Wood’s late flurry (1 four and 1 six) saw the Dock to a score of 189-5.

The home side knew they would need to bat well to knock off the runs needed but the Dock had other ideas as Laugharne opener Andrew Edwards was ran out early on.

Billy Wood and Nick Daley bowled well as they sent the stumps flying to leave Laugharne on 20-4.

It was soon 23-5 as George Smith bowled Carl Smith.

There were further wickets for Smith and Jamie Wright as the Dock’s victory drew ever closer.

A score of 26 from Simon Davies wasn’t enough for Laugharne as they finished all out on 55.

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Llangwm seal dramatic Harrison Allen win

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LLANGWM booked their place in the second round of the Harrison Allen Bowl as they beat Llechryd in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night (May 12).

In a low scoring game, Llechryd reached 104-9 in their 22 overs after winning the toss and electing to bat.

Llangwm were steady in their reply but they needed five runs off the final two balls. The first of those saw Llangwm take three and they were able to run two on the last to win the game.

Llechryd started well with John Curran hitting a four and a six in a score of 19 before he was bowled by Chris Inward.

Johnny Lewis reached a score of 13 but that proved to be unlucky as he was caught by Phil Llewellyn off the bowling of Joe Phillips.

Phillips also had the wickets of David Dunfee and Adam Betts while Inward bowled both Graham Keen and John Lumb as all four batsmen returned with ducks to their name.

Joe Mansfield spared Llechryd’s blushes as he hit four boundaries in a knock of 38 as they set Llangwm 105 to win the game.

Llangwm were in trouble early on in their reply as David Dunfee bowled Phil Llewellyn for a second ball duck and Joe Kiff on a score of 4 to leave them reeling on 10-2.

However, a third-wicket stand of 84 between Steven Mills and Noah Davies set Llangwm on their way to victory.

Llechryd hit back though as Andrew Fletcher denied Mills his half century as he was caught by Jonny Lewis on a score of 49.

Fletcher then trapped Luke Brock leg before wicket with the next ball to reduce Llangwm to 94-4.

Davies had made a good score of 30 but he was bowled by Graham Keen as the visitors were left needing five runs to win with time running out.

On the penultimate ball Chris Inward ran three and on the last, Matthew Kiff ran the two runs needed to win Llangwm the game in a thrilling finish.

The result also represented another mini shock as Division 1 side Llechryd exited the competition at the hands of their Division 2 opponents.

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