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Seagulls’ single point success



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Nantgaredig 25

A NAIL BITING finish gave Fishguard their second win of the season as they fought back to claim the narrowest of victories.

Nantgaredig started the brightest of the two sides as they were awarded a penalty, calmly slotted by Rhodri Jones. Some clever rugby and speed from Nantgaredig’s winger, Gethin Page, allowed him to kick into space and win the foot race, touching down out wide. The conversion was missed, and Nantgaredig led 8-0, as James Griffiths missed a penalty for the home side. However, a Fishguard side with their backs against the wall are a dangerous outfit, and with heavyweights up front, including skipper Simon James, second row Gwilym Evans and prop Ryan McVeigh, turn over ball became ample for the home side. Blind side flanker, Steve ‘Jinks’ Jenkins crashed over twice thanks to the hard work of his fellow forwards, to give Fishguard a lead of 12-8 after Griffiths added one conversion.

The tide of the game would change as Nantgaredig changed up a gear, and showed their strength as a team. Bleddyn Lewis used some nibble footwork and an excellent running line to score underneath the posts, with Rhodri Jones converting. A third try came for the visitors from strong centre John Owens, again converted by Jones. This left the Seagulls 25-12 adrift, with their backs against the wall once more.

The side that reached the Millennium Stadium last year were not content with losing on home soil, and some fantastic hands from all 15 players, and bulldozering work from the forwards allowed James Griffiths to dart in for a try, which he converted. This left the home side a converted try away from victory, and as the clock ran down, the home fans got behind the Seagulls, as excellent hands again from centre Marc Jones and Simon James, allowed winger David Evans to make some good yards up the field.

As the Nantgaredig side scrambled back in defence, some quick rucking from the Fishguard pack and an excellent pass and vision from scrum half Alun George, allowed hero of the hour James Griffiths to slide in under the posts. He converted his own try to give his side a single point buffer, as referee Adrian Slade played the final minute of time, before the Seagulls gleefully kicked the ball into touch to claim a fantastic comeback victory.

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Bush qualifies for Paralympic games



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



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



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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