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Tregaron too good for Llangwm

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Llangwm              26

Tregaron              42

League 3 West A

A DETERMINED Llangwm side were beaten 42-26 by Tregaron in their opening game of the season at Pill Parks on Saturday (Sept 2).

It was Tregaron who made the better start with only two minutes gone as Mel Davies raced over in the left corner but Outside Half Gwion Phillips failed to add the extra two points.

Phillips then kicked a penalty soon after to give the visitors an 8-0 lead.

Llangwm looked to clear their lines but when a kick was charged down the ball rolled into the try area and it was Davies again who touched the ball down despite the best efforts of Josh Hicks. The conversion was wide and Tregaron’s lead remained at 13-0.

With twenty minutes gone, Llangwm started to come into the game and after winning a series of penalties, they opted to kick for goal and Steve Inward sent the ball through the posts to reduce the gap.

Try: Gavin Jones goes over for Llangwm’s first try

However, just two minutes later, Mel Davies faked a pass to create some space and was able to burst through for his hat-trick try and Gwion Phillips added the extra two points for a 20-3 lead.

The home side did not give up and were soon back on the attack and kicked to touch for a line out on the 22. They won the lineout but another infringement gave the home side a scrum. From there Gavin Jones picked up the ball and burst his way through to score the try and Inward added the extra two points.

With two minutes to go until half time Llangwm pushed for a second try and were rewarded when Luke Hayman made his way over and Inward sent the conversion through the posts to make it 20-17.

On the stroke of half time Tregaron were awarded a penalty which Phillips sent through the posts for a 23-17 half time score line.

Llangwm started well in the second half and reduced the gap further when Inward kicked a penalty from the half way line, assisted by the wind, to make it 23-20.

But as Llangwm looked to keep the pressure on they began to tire and Tregaron took advantage to close the game out.

Rhydian Jones crossed over but the conversion from Phillips was wide.

Hefin Ebenezer also went over and Gethin Jones crossed, both of which were converted by Phillips.

Inward added a final penalty for the hosts but it wasn’t enough as Tregaron closed the game out for a first win of the season.

On Saturday, September 9, Llangwm will be looking to bounce back when they travel to St Davids.

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Johnston earn first win

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JOHNSTON secured their first win of the season on Saturday (Aug 10) as they beat Carew seconds by 68 runs.

It brings an end to a long wait for Johnston who went nearly two seasons without victory.

On Saturday they batted first against Carew scoring a good total of 210-9 in their innings.

Gino Cleal top scored for Johnston with 76 runs and there was also a good knock of 44 from Steve James.

Josh Hicks also scored 19 runs as the visitors looked to set a challenging target for their hosts.

For Carew, Rob Hicks was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with figures of 4-22 while Rhys Canton also bowled well for his figures of 2-37.

In reply, Carew’s Yori Hicks scored 62 and Alex Wilkes added 28 but Johnston were not to be denied on this occasion.

Nick Davies was in fine form with the ball taking seven wickets fore the loss of 41 runs. Mark Hicks also took two wickets for Johnston.

They bowled Carew out for 142 and the win also lifts them off the bottom of the table.

Having sealed their first win of the season they will go again on Saturday (Aug 17), when they travel to second placed Narberth.

Carew seconds will look to get back to winning ways when they take on Cresselly Seconds.

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Athletic play Vikings in Joe Lennon final

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MILFORD Athletic will play Hakin United in the Joe Lennon Cup Final on Saturday (Aug 17) after both sides won their respective semi-finals.

Milford Athletic played on Monday (Aug 12) and they beat Herbrandston on penalties after the game finished 1-1 after 90 minutes.

Hakin played their game on Tuesday (Aug 13) and they overcame Milford United, again by the method of penalties.

On Monday, Division 3 side Athletic took the lead in the first half when Gareth Quirk’s free kick went in despite the Herbie keeper managing to get a hand on the ball.

Keeper Owen Thomas then made a couple of good saves to keep Herbie in the game.

They finished the second half strongly and were rewarded when Marc Boswell’s free kick flew into the net to make it 1-1.

Both sides had further chances but neither could find a winner which meant penalties would be needed to separate the sides.

Athletic keeper Jonathan Pawlett saved McCauley Marshallsay’s spot kick before Callum English fired over to send the Athletic through.

For them, Quirk, Haydn Dimond, Liam Clarke and John Lydon were all on target from the spot.

Tuesday’s sem-final followed a similar story as Scott Reid opened the scoring for the Vikings with a fine strike, only for Milford United to level matters.

Lewys Tee’s goal brought them level at the break to make it 1-1 and that was how it stayed until the final whistle.

Reid came close when a cross was fumbled into his path by the United keeper but he poked the ball wide.

The Vikings also brought on Nicky Woodrow as they went in search of a winner but penalties would again be needed to separate the two sides.

With the score level at 3-3 in the shootout, Joel Codd sent his penalty wide for Milford leaving the hosts with a chance to go through.

Leon Luby kept his nerve to give the Vikings a 4-3 shootout win to send them to the final.

The final will take place on Saturday (Aug 17) at the Obs and kicks off at 2pm.

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Cresselly stun Town

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CRESSELLY’s Dan Sutton scored an unbeaten century to help his side to a ten-wicket win over Haverfordwest on Saturday (Aug 10).

Town batted first on winning the toss and made a good total of 208-2 from their 45 overs.

Simon Holliday and Danny Potter shared 43 runs for the first wicket before Potter was bowled by Ryan Lewis on a score of 23.

Holliday and Dai Davies shared another 99 runs for the second wicket as they continued to put runs on the board.

Davies hit five fours and a six in his score of 47 but he was then caught by Mike Venables off the bowling of Tom Arthur.

Holliday and Ben Field then shared another 66 runs to take Town to their total.

Field finished unbeaten on 38 having hit two fours and a six while Holliday hit five fours and five sixes as he finished not out on 94.

Dan Sutton and Phil Williams began Cresselly’s reply and they were untroubled by Town’s bowling attack.

Williams hit eight fours as he finished unbeaten on 65 but Sutton was the star of the show.

He smashed fifteen fours and five sixes to finish not out on 135 from 122 balls to help Cresselly to their target with time to spare.

The win for Cresselly sees them close the gap to third place Carew to 11 points with the two sides set to play each other on Saturday (Aug 17).

Town will look to bounce back but they face a tough test against newly-crowned Champions Neyland.

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