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Bluebirds top of the tree

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Haverfordwest County 2

Aberbargoed Buds 0

THE Bluebirds have gone three points clear at the top of  Division One after a 2-0 win over Aberbargoed Buds on Saturday.Like last weekend, conditions were not favourable for a game of football but both teams struggled in gale force winds.

The hosts took the lead with 11 minutes gone. Ricky Watts played a lovely free kick into the box and Sean Pemberton nodded the ball home.

Buds forward Chris Jones looked dangerous and keeper Chris Curtis had to be on his toes whenever they came forward.

The Buds came close to an equaliser late in the first half, but Dale Griffiths was in the right place to clear the ball off the line.

The Blues then had a great chance to take a two goal lead into half time when Steffan Williams was brought down in the area.

The wind had picked up and Chris O’Sullivan had to place the ball on the spot twice, but keeper Asa Kirkwood stayed calm and dived low to produce an excellent save and keep his side in the game.

The Blues had the wind in their sails as they dominated the early stages of the second half and came close on a number of occasions. Matthew Fisher saw his header cleared off the line while Kirkwood kept his side within one goal with a string of fine saves.

The Buds thought they had equalised when Jones put the ball in the net, but it was disallowed for offside.

Both sides pushed forward looking for a goal in the closing minutes, but could not find a way through to goal.

The Buds had Andrew Hughes sent off in injury time and it was only after that the Blues finally made sure of all three points.

Deep into time added on Williams combined well with O’Sullivan before the latter sent Lewis through to score from close range.

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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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