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Rampant Swifts tame Tigers



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MONKTON SWIFTS stunned Johnston on Saturday afternoon as they came away with a win in a game littered with controversy.

On two occasions, one against each team, the linesman flagged for an offside but the referee overruled them and allowed both goals. Johnston had the first chance of the game when James Skudder put Nicky Woodrow through on goal but the usually reliable striker sent his shot wide.

The Tigers defence was caught napping when the Swifts took the lead in the sixth minute. Joe Lewis played the ball through to Wayne Brunton who stabbed the ball home from close range. The referee allowed the goal to stand despite the linesman flagging for an offside.

After 15 minutes the Swifts doubled their lead. A long ball forward was punched away by Tigers keeper Martin Langdon, but only as far as Lee Brockway who volleyed the ball in despite the best efforts of Chris Ormond to stop it going over the line.

The Swifts were not afraid to take shots and when Daniel Scourfield saw the keeper off his line he attempted to lob him but the keeper had it covered. With ten minutes to go before half time the Swifts took a three goal lead. Daniel Scourfield played the ball low into the box from a free kick and Ben Adams was on hand to poke the ball into the net. Johnston knew to make a game of it they needed to score before half time and they did just that when Joe John headed in Adam Hawkins’ cross.

The second half was a more open affair and it was Monkton, looking to kill the game off, who had the first chance, but Ben Adams headed narrowly wide. The Swifts had another good chance shortly after as Scourfield’s shot from the edge of the area was blocked but it deflected up and went just inches wide of the top left hand corner, much to the relief of the Tigers.

The home side were running out of time and a number of players were letting frustrations get the better of them as they were booked for dissent.

With 15 minutes to go the Tigers got the goal they had been looking for to get themselves back in the game. Nicky Woodrow played the ball into the box and Joe John got the final touch to set up a grand stand finish. Again the referee ignored his linseman who was convinced he had spotted an offside earlier in the move but the goal stood.

Johnston poured forward in the final minutes looking for an equaliser but Chris O’Toole volleyed wide before Joe John was denied his hat trick by a good save from keeper Lance Creese.

The Swifts held on for an impressive win while Johnston will feel disappointed they could not find an equaliser.

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Division 3: Three-horse race



THE Division 3 title race and promotion will be decided on Saturday (Aug 24) with three teams all still in the hunt.

Last week, Llanrhian, who had been top prior to their game, saw their match at Llangwm Seconds called off after they claimed their pitch was wet.

Herbrandston then beat Lamphey to move top of Division 3 while the Stags picked up enough points to knock Llanrhian down to third.

Going into the final round of games, Herbrandston are 19 points ahead of Lamphey and 22 points above Llanrhian.

Herbie face a trip to Narberth Seconds knowing a win will see them crowned Champions while a draw would also be enough.

A defeat could allow Lamphey in to be crowned Champions but that would also rely on Herbie not picking up more than 11 points.

Lamphey face fourth placed Laugharne in what is likely to be a tough game for both sides.

Llanrhian still have an outside chance of claiming the title but they would need to rely on Herbie and Lamphey losing their games.

Llanrhian will look to put last week’s disappointment behind them as they host Stackpole.

A win for Llanrhian coupled with a Lamphey defeat or draw could still see them promoted.

Elsewhere, the bottom four sides play each other with one final relegation place to be decided.

Whitland seconds currently sit second from bottom and they travel to fourth from bottom Haverfordwest thirds.

A win for Whitland could move them above Town and if Llangwm also won that could see Town drop down a Division.

Llangwm seconds take on already relegated Lawrenny seconds. Llangwm sit eight points above Whitland and know anything other than a win could let Whitland go above them.

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Division 2: Narberth and Llechryd face off for title



LLECHRYD will host Narberth on Saturday (Aug 24) with the winners being crowned champions of Division 2.

Both will be playing their cricket in Division 1 next season but the destination of the title will be decided on Saturday.

Going into the game, Llechryd sit top of the Division, 17 points ahead of Narberth. A home win will see Llechryd crowned champions but should Narberth take the win it will be they who go up as champions.

When the two teams met earlier in the season it was Narberth who came out on top with a seven wicket win.

With promotion and relegation decided there is little for the others to play for but some can still improve their final positions.

Pembroke sit third and on Saturday they are away to Kilgetty knowing if they slip up, Hook could claim third place if they beat Carew Seconds.

Relegated sides Johnston and Cresselly seconds will play each other at Glebelands with the winners earning their second win of the season.

Pembroke Dock also take on Haverfordwest seconds and a win for Town in that game will see them jump above the Dock.

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New Solva kit to continue Luke’s Stand Up To Cancer message



THE family of inspirational cancer fundraising campaigner Luke Harding has donated a new kit to Solva AFC in his memory, which features four words that perfectly sum up the way he battled the illness – Stand Up To Cancer.

Luke, who played for Solva for around a decade, raised more than £30,000 for Withybush Hospital’s Ward 10 and local charities following his diagnosis with stage four lung cancer in 2016.

Medi George, Secretary of Solva AFC said: “Luke played football with the same dedication and energy with which he battled cancer and it is an honour for our club to be able to continue his message in this way.

“We are extremely grateful to Alex, Peter and the Harding family for this kind gesture and it is fitting that our players were able to wear the kit for the first time in the final of the first annual Luke Harding Memorial Cup.”

The kit was unveiled at Fishguard Sports’ ground before the final of the competition, with Goodwick United 2nds running out eventual 3-1 winners against Solva 2nds. The tournament also included Fishguard Sports and Letterston, which Luke also represented.

Ruth Amies, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for Wales, said: “We are extremely grateful to Luke’s family and to Solva AFC for supporting Stand Up To Cancer which funds life-saving research in Wales and across the UK. The new kit is a wonderful tribute to Luke who fundraised tirelessly throughout his diagnosis and we are thrilled the players wore the new kit for the first time this week.”

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