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Top class rugby in difficult conditions

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Fishguard and Goodwick 0
Cardiff RFC 61
TOP Welsh team Cardiff RFC, overcame Fishguard and Goodwick RFC in bleak conditions at The Moor, where the score line doesn’t fully reflect the home side’s contribution to the game.
The Welsh Premiership side travelled down to Fishguard on Saturday, honouring a commitment made by the two sides when Cardiff hosted the Seagulls after their Millennium Stadium final, and a big welcome was given to them by the home crowd, who braved wind and rain to witness a historic game.
Cardiff demonstrated full respect for their hosts by beginning the game with their strongest 15, and early on the battle was fought hard in the midfield, as the poor conditions disrupted the handling of both sides.
The new scrumage laws introduced by the IRB were being used, and as both sides got to grips with them, Fishguard’s pack held firm on their own ball against the Premiership pack, a positive forwards coach Randall Williams will be happy with. Cardiff ran in two tries in the first ten minutes, as Fishguard struggled with the speed of the opposition. However, Fishguard captain Steve Jenkins led from the front, as the Seagulls built momentum through their forwards. This momentum shift resulted in Aaron Fowler, hooker for Cardiff, being yellow carded for playing the ball on the floor, much to the jeers of the home crowd. The precision of the Cardiff line out was clear throughout the game, as they were able to secure their own ball, and disrupt the Seagulls line out. Any attacking lineout the home side had was turned over by their professional opposition, nullifying the hard work the Seagulls had done in securing an attacking position. After half time, both sides elected to give their new signings a run out. Fishguard worked hard in the second half to produce some magic, and man-of-the-match Simon James produced some fantastic work at the break down to give Fishguard attacking positions. However, the superior fitness of the visitors kept the home side out, as in the dying moments, Fishguard were camped on the Cardiff five-meter line, looking to score a consolation try. However, handling errors again were the bane of the Fishguard attack, and the final whistle blew on a hugely entertaining game. The final score of 61-nil became irrelevant, as the game was contested in a hard but fair manner, with both sides respecting their opposition.
After the game, the Cardiff team were given a very warm welcome in the Fishguard clubhouse where a presentation was held.
Fishguard Chairman James Morgans said :‘’I hope Cardiff have taken something out of this game, as we certainly have. It was a pleasure to host them, and hopefully we can continue our link in the future.’’ Speaking with Cardiff’s vice-chairman, Keith Morgan after the game, he said: ”It was easy for us to fulfil our commitment to come here to Fishguard to play as we had witnessed first-hand their style of rugby and support in Cardiff. These games were more frequent with the old Welsh cup style, however, the demise of those games as left a lot of smaller clubs with having played a Premiership side. I’m happy we have come here, and the standard in poor conditions were good, and I wish Fishguard the very best of luck for the season. Possibly, in the future, there may be an opportunity for them to travel to
Cardiff to play on the new surface and the Cardiff Arms Park.’’

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Chairman’s disappointment at Haverfordwest County AFC v Cefn Druids game postponement

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TODAY’S match (Sept 12) between Haverfordwest County AFC and Cefn Druids has been postponed.

The club’s chairman, Robert Edwards, said that he was disappointed to learn the news and stated that the club had followed every single FAW regulation and protocol to the letter.

In an official statement, Mr Edwards said: “The club are extremely disappointed to learn of the postponement of today’s match versus Cefn Druids. It has been a summer of change at the club and we were all looking forward to seeing our hard work played out on the pitch today. The ground staff, coaching team, and Club Secretary have worked tirelessly for the last few weeks, so I am bitterly disappointed for them, and cannot thank them enough for their effort and dedication.

“We would like to make it clear that our club has followed every single FAW regulation and protocol to the letter. Since the resumption of training, we ensured that all rules within the Return to Play guidelines were followed during their respective phases, all players and staff have completed Benchmark COVID-19 questionnaires, and we have spent the previous few weeks guaranteeing that The Bridge Meadow Stadium is a safe environment for football to resume, as per FAW guidelines.

“At all our pre-season games, we ensured that they were correctly sanctioned, and once again, all protocols were followed. We will continue our hard work to ensure that all rules are followed at our club and look forward to getting our campaign underway against Cardiff Met on Tuesday.
“We will not make any further public comment as a club and will be liaising directly with FAW on this matter.”

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Rooks triumph at Treleet

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Carew (95 for 8 and 103 for 8) beat
St Ishmaels (64 for 9 and 106 for 8)
by 29 runs

FAVOURITES Carew won the Alec Cup Final at Treleet on Sunday, August 30, but not without St Ishmael’s second-string showing that they were not be taken lightly.

The decisive period of the match was both sides’ first innings.

Batting first in tricky conditions, Carew struggled against accurate Tish bowling from the outset, with only opener Nick Scourfield providing resistance among the top order batters. And it wasn’t as if Tish didn’t have the chance to deny Carew even that as Danny Flynn dropped Scourfield off opening bowler Kevin Bowen in the Final’s first over.

As it was, Carew stumbled to 45-6 with only five overs of their first knock remaining. It wasn’t until Dai Rees joined Scourfield that the scoring’s tempo increased. Rees hit three sixes on his way to an invaluable 24 before Flynn’s catch off Stuart Carpenter’s bowling. Scourfield also increased his previously sedate progress to add four boundaries in what proved a vital partnership with Rees that helped Carew close on 95-8.

St Ishmaels got off to a rotten a start as Carew’s bowlers exploited conditions. Their innings limped along without a major partnership and only opener Robbie Thomas, along with Steve Williams and Flynn made double figures.

Carew skipper Barry Evans used his nous to end with four wickets, while Kerry Waters applied the squeeze by conceding only ten runs in his spell for the wicket of Ieuan Hawkins. At the end of twenty overs, Tish had struggled to a meagre 64-9, conceding a thirty one run lead to Carew.

With opener Nick Scourfield suffering from a hamstring injury, Carew pressed Morgan Grieve up the order to partner Brian Hall and the pair started off brightly but were separated by Steve Williams before Kevin Bowen claimed Hall’s wicket. St Ishmaels exerted real pressure on the Carew batsmen, with Steve Williams claiming an excellent 3-16.

Carew were indebted to another late innings rally, again featuring Rees, this time in a partnership with Simon Wood. Wood batted cleverly and mixed powerful strokes with some excellent cricket shots on his way to unbeaten 40. Carew’s innings closed on 103-8, setting the underdogs a challenging 135 to win.

After their first innings’ travails, such a chase seemed highly unlikely for Tish. However, Flynn and Rhead were steady at the start before the former’s dismissal by Simon Wood (3-27). Kevin Bowen then gave Tish some real hope with a dashing 25 runs before being caught by Haydn Shapcott off skipper Barry Evans’ slow left-armers.

A rapid-fire partnership of 28 between Ieuan Hawkins and Steve Williams could not stop the inevitable, as Carew had too many runs and just too much experience to lose the match on a tricky drying surface, left damp by recent heavy rain and overnight showers. Tish never gave up fighting and showed real grit and determination before their second innings closed on 106-8, leaving Carew winners by 29 runs.
Umpires Jonathan Willington and Allan Hansen chose Simon Wood as the Man of the Match, a new trophy sponsored by Neyland CC in memory of their late clubman Martin Rees which was presented by Neyland Cricket Club’s Chair, Martin Jones.

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Cricket: Neyland win Harrison Allen

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A BRILLIANT recovery in the field during Haverfordwest’s first innings laid the foundations for a convincing Neyland victory at Cresselly this afternoon.
Neyland, batting first, carved and scampered their way to 142 in their first innings.
Haverfordwest’s reply started in brutal fashion, as Adam James smashed the bowling to all parts, peppering the boundary with a succession of massive hits on his way to a quick fire 34. With the fourth over of the Haverfordwest innings not yet finished, the Town were on 54 and looking like they would set all sorts of scoring records.
Andrew Miller and, particularly, Ross Hardy established a measure of control and sharp fielding squeezed the Haverfordwest batsmen, cutting off boundaries and harrying the batsmen into mistakes.
Neyland reeled in the Town batsmen so successfully that, having looked on course at first for a mammoth score and then a big first-innings lead, they got a slender eight-run lead to take into their second innings.
Neyland started slowly in their second innings before Ashley Sutton and Patrick Bellerby began to step on the gas after Nick Koomen went early. They were particularly severe on veteran spinner Clive Tucker, who took heavy punishment from the pair.
Their good work was carried on by Nathan Banner, who belted a series of massive sixes off Simon Holliday and Clive Tucker, as Neyland posted a massive 214 runs, setting an imposing 222 target.
Despite a rapid start by Potter and an injured Adam James in their second innings, as soon as wickets started to fall, they kept on tumbling as Neyland were sharp in the field and Ross Hardy bowled with great control from the difficult Pavillion End.
The introduction of Andrew Miller from the School End saw him pick up the wicket of Ben Field, who mishit a gentle catch to extra cover.
With him, Haverfordwest’s faint last hope vanished and their innings stuttered to 103-9 leaving them 119 runs adrift and Neyland as Bowl champions.
For his batting in both innings and brilliant fielding, Ashley Sutton was named man of the match.

FULL REPORT IN THIS FRIDAY’S HERALD

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