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Holders through as Lawrenny beat Kilgetty in goal-fest

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By Jonathan Twigg

FIVE Second Division Cup ties took place on Saturday (Nov 18), with Saundersfoot Sports home match at the King George V field against current table toppers, Hakin United Reserves postponed as the bottom corner was deemed waterlogged by referee Charles Davies.

The winners of that tie will then travel to meet Solva at Glan Hafran in the Quarter Finals early next year as they were already through to the last eight stages as one of two Clubs to receive a bye.

Prendergast Villa were the second club to progress courtesy of a bye and they will welcome Lawrenny to the School Field after the bottom of the table side upturned the form book to overcame last season’s Division 3 champions and current promotion favourites Kilgetty 7-6.

Trailing on their own sports field 4-0 after 20 minutes and missing a plethora of players due to Adam Jenkins stag weekend, the Lawrenny side dug deep in appalling ground conditions and driving rain.

They battled themselves back to reduce the deficit to 4-2 at half time, with goals from centre midfielder Matt Lewis wide midfielder Joe Kidney. Centre forward Henry Lawrence scored the second visiting goal after his side had taken the lead through a deflected goal attempt, before Tom Baker and Lawrence opened a 4-0 lead.

The yellow and blue Kingsmore outfit then went 5-2 ahead with a strike from Brett Evans before the sides exchanged goals through home centre forward Jamie Phillips and Lawrence completed his hat trick.

The village side are made of stern stuff and they rolled up their black and gold sleeves to score three goals in five eventful minutes to set up a grandstand finish for the last ten minutes.

Playing away from their Clubhouse the ground was a tad better which allowed Phillips to net his second of the game, experienced Steve Campbell to level the scores and a minute later young winger Sam Davies to put them ahead for the first time in the keenly contested yet sporting local derby.

Kilgetty failed to square the game before referee Sean O’Connor blew for full time in the game sponsored by Morgan Construction, thanks to some heroic defending coupled with the quagmire in their own goal area and veteran goalkeeper Danny Harries being in top form.

St Clears hammered visitors Letterson 14-0 at the Leisure Centre ground having been set on their way by chirpy attacking midfielder Nathan Evans strike after 40 seconds.

The JRV Taxis sponsored game was over quickly as a contest as the Boars front three scored at will against a side who remained in Division 2 this season by default with Tenby withdrawing from Division 1 before a ball had been kicked in anger this season. Josh James led the way when he went nap for the claret and whites as Steve Thomas helped himself to four goals and the well-travelled Sean Seymour Davies bagged a hat trick alongside a visitor’s own goal.

Such was the one sided nature of the game skipper Martyn Thomas was a distant observer from centre back and his defence marshalled the opposition so well they only had fleeting forays into the danger zone.

Jonathan Sealy also had his spot kick well saved in the bottom left corner by veteran David Lawrence who was responsible for keeping the score to 14-0 with some excellent saves, although home manager Scott Page saw his side waste numerous opportunities.

Reward for the St Clears win will see them travel to the Racecourse to take on current Cup holders Merlin’s Bridge Reserves, buoyed by the return to the Carmarthenshire town of defender Dorian Davies from West Dragons.

Hundleton: Pictured before their Senior Cup game, were beaten by Merlins Bridge on Saturday

The Glenn Hotel sponsored Bridge overcame Hundleton 4-3 at the Village playing field in a scrappy encounter with veteran front man Aaron Devine opening the scoring for the Wizards before Kai Roberts on the right wing put them 2-0 ahead. Jack Phillips pulled one back for the Pembroke village side before half time and the introduction of stoic centre midfielder Lloyd Wilson set the scene for a titanic second half encounter.

With six players under the age of 18 in their starting 11 the Bridge thrived in the battle and sixteen year old left winger Ben Davies extended the lead to 3-1 after 52 minutes.

Another sixteen year old, Josh Thomas made it 4-1 after an hour of play when he struck from his position playing behind Devine and Curtis Hicks grew in stature as the game progressed. Playing in the centre of midfield Hicks dominated in the air and sprayed passes which belied the underfoot conditions in a man of the match performance.

With 10 minutes remaining winger Joe Buckle reduced the score to 4-2 and striker Dylan Davies scored to make the final few minutes a tense affair for the inexperienced visitors who were thankful for the composure to 51 year old goalkeeper Aaron Riley.

Riley made a string of fine saves to roll back the years as his experience as a Welsh league player with Haverfordwest County, albeit as a winger came to the fore, before referee Kevin Millich blew for full time.

St Ishmaels travelled to Pill Parks to take on a Llangwm side who progressed to Division 2 following three promotions in four years, but bowed out 2-0 in their first foray into the cup competition refereed by Karl Davies.

Tish scored a goal in each half with player manager Andrew Howells tapping in at the far post after nearly 30 minutes of the first half thanks to some excellent work wide out from Ieuan Hawkins. Home goalkeeper Ashley Bevans, standing between the sticks for his twin brother Anthony who was away training with the Royal Navy did well behind a back four led by veteran left back Gary Reynolds.

Glen Hewer, Dan Thomas and Martin John supported Reynolds in keeping the attacks at bay as the visiting midfield got the upper hand in the difficult conditions. In a game of few clear cut opportunities the tie was put to bed by Hawkins who capitalised on good wing play from Joseph Bates as in the first half to find space at the far post to score.

St Ishmaels will welcome Fishguard Sports to the Recreation ground, after they overcame Johnston 4-1 at Tregroes Park. The Sports were always in control of the game and led the ‘Tigers’ 2-0 thanks to strikes from former Goodwick midfielder Lewis Banks and Ryan Howells just before the half time whistle from referee Keith Amos.

Stand-in goalkeeper Lewis Boswell was blameless for the goals as the home side dominated possession against a side which lifted the West Wales Intermediate Cup just four seasons ago and they had a chance through striker Ryan Doyle just after the break when he should have pulled the score back to 2-1 when he was one on one with goal keeper.

The game went 4-0 to the Sports through defensive mistakes by centre back Jack Bevans, who lost his footing allowing Banks to score his second of the game before he was robbed close to his own 18 yard box and Matt Harries walked the ball into the net.

Doyle pulled a consolation back with a sumptuous strike before the end for Johnston who will now concentrate on pulling themselves away from second bottom of the league and the ignominy of successive relegations.

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Dock and Herbie battling for Division 3 promotion

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IN Division 3 of the Pembroke County Cricket League, Carew Seconds are already promoted but there is a close battle between Pembroke Dock and Herbrandston for second place.

Carew Seconds will go up as champions should they win their game away to Haverfordwest Thirds, who themselves are fighting to avoid the drop into Division 4.

Pembroke Dock go into Saturday’s (Aug 18) games with a ten point leader over third place Herbrandston and a win, coupled with defeat for Herbrandston could see them promoted.

However, a win for both teams will send the battle to the final game of the season which will see Herbie travelling to Neyland Seconds and Pembroke Dock at home to Lamphey.

On Saturday, Pembroke Dock are away to mid-table side Narberth Seconds while Herbrandston travel to Llechryd Seconds.

At the other end, Neyland Seconds go to Llanrhian in a bid to secure their Division 3 safety as they sit just four points above second from bottom Haverfordwest Thirds.

Lawrenny Seconds, themselves only fifteen points above the bottom two, face another crucial game away to Lamphey.

All to play for in Division 4

With the exception of Laugharne who have already been crowned Division 4 Champions, it is still all to play for in Division 4.

Just three points separates second and third placed teams Llangwm Seconds and Llanrhian Seconds with the two teams set to fight it out at Pill Parks this weekend.

A win for Llangwm will see them earn promotion but a Llanrhian win will keep things alive going into the final game of the season.

Division 4 Champions Laugharne are away as they take on bottom side Hundleton who are still in with a chance of getting out of the bottom two.

They sit just sixteen points below third from bottom Saundersfoot and a win could see them move of the bottom.

Second from bottom Burton Seconds are without a game after Johnston’s second team withdrew from the league earlier in the season meaning a win for Saundersfoot Seconds could relegate both Burton and Hundleton.

Saundersfoot Seconds take on Hook Seconds while St Ishmaels Seconds face Crymych.

Division 5 up for grabs

It could not be closer in Division 5 with just 18 points separating the top five sides. Pembroke Seconds currently occupy top spot with a nine point advantage over Carew Thirds.

Pembroke travel to Neyland Thirds on Saturday in their last game of the season knowing a win will set them on course for the Division 5 title. They must then wait to find out if they will be crowned Champions of Division 5.

Carew Thirds play Stackpole Seconds waiting in the wings should Pembroke slip up in their game.

Third placed Kilgetty Seconds are away as they take on Pembroke Dock Seconds while Cresselly Thirds are without a game.

Fifth placed Haverfordwest Fourths are away to Whitland Thirds with the visitors still in with a chance of promotion should other results go their way.

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Three horse race at the top

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GOING into the penultimate round of Cricket fixtures just seven points separates the top three teams in Division 1.

Haverfordwest hold a slender two point advantage over second placed Cresselly going into Saturday’s (Aug 18) fixtures.

Not to be ruled out are Neyland and they face a tough test against fourth placed Whitland.

Neyland will be keen to keep the pressure on with victory knowing that they take on Haverfordwest in the last game of the season (Aug 25).

Whitland meanwhile will be aiming to keep themselves in fourth place knowing that a defeat could let in Lawrenny who take on St Ishmaels.

Haverfordwest are at home as they take on Llangwm and will be looking to put themselves in the best position possible going into that final game.

Cresselly’s last game saw them lift the Harrison Allen Trophy and they will be keen to keep up that winning momentum.

Cresselly are away to Kilgetty, who are fighting for their Division 1 survival, in what will be another exciting game.

Kilgetty are 38 points above second from bottom Burton with two games left to play and a win will see them safe and Burton relegated.

However, a win for Burton against already relegated Johnston, coupled with defeat for Kilgetty, will see them close the gap to their relegation rivals.

That will set up an exciting final day with Burton at home to St Ishmaels and Kilgetty away to Whitland.

Who will join Carew in Division 1?

In Division 2, Carew are already promoted as Champions and one of two teams will be joining them next season.

Saundersfoot currently occupy second place and hold a 36-point lead over third placed Kilgetty.

Saturday (Aug 18), sees Saundersfoot travel to Carew in what will be another excellent game. Carew may already be champions but having not lost all season, they will be determined to finish unbeaten.

Prior to last week’s games being abandoned Saundersfoot had won their last seven games, their last defeat coming against Carew, and they will be keen to show why they are gunning for promotion.

Defeat for Saundersfoot would then allow Narberth to close the gap should they beat Cresselly Seconds.

Haverfordwest Seconds sit fourth going into Saturday’s games and they will be keen to stay there with victory away to Hook. A win for Hook could see them go above Haverfordwest into fourth place.

At the other end, Whitland Seconds are already relegated but they could still have a say in who joins them in Division 3 as they host Stackpole.

Stackpole are just four points from safety and a positive result could be enough to see move out of the bottom two should Llechryd lose their game away to Pembroke.

Pembroke are not quite safe themselves with a 34 point game between them and Stackpole but a win could see them secure their Division 2 status for 2019.

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Neyland through to Welsh Cup semi-finals

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NEYLAND are through to the Semi-finals of the Welsh Cup, where they will play Ynysygerwn, after beating Penarth by nine runs on Sunday (Aug 12).

South Wales Premier League side Penarth won the toss and chose to field first in the game that was reduced to thirty overs aside following rain earlier in the day.

Neyland lost opener Nic Koomen early on when he was bowled by Nathan Piddock for a score of 2.

Andrew Miller joined Gregg Miller at the crease and the pair shared 60 runs for the second wicket as they got their side going.

Richard Skone made the breakthrough for Penarth as he bowled Gregg on a score of 35 which included four boundaries.

Ashley Sutton only scored three before he was back in the hut as he was stumped by Jack Thomas off the bowling of Skone.

Miller then shared another 29 runs with Henry Durrant before the latter was caught by Thomas off the bowling of Morgan Humphreys on a score of 14.

Miller hit three fours in his score of 42 but he was then caught by Ryan Sylvester off the bowling of Skone leaving Neyland on 119-5.

The remainder of Neyland’s batsmen could only add another 23 runs between them as Skone returned to take his fourth wicket when he caught and bowled Scott Jones on a score of 9. He later added to his four wickets with the run out of George Evans (7).

Stephen Murray scored 1 before he fell to the bowling of Humphreys while Sean Hannon scored 6 before he was bowled by Sylvester.

Alex Langrish wrapped up the innings as he had Callum Power stumped by Jack Thomas to leave Neyland all out on 142, with Mr Extras contributing 19 of those runs.

Neyland knew they would need to do well to defend their total and they made a good start as Jack Thomas and Ryan Sylvester both found themselves back in the pavilion early on.

Thomas was caught by George Evans off the bowling of Sean Hannon while Sylvester was caught by Andrew Miller off the bowling of Henry Durrant.

That left Penarth on 11-2 but Richard Skone and Nick Morgan shared 32 runs for the third wicket as they looked to hit back.

Hannon made the breakthrough as he had Morgan caught by Andrew Miller on a score of 13. He then struck again as he had Jonathan Davies caught by Nic Koomen on a score of 6.

Geraint Rees then picked up his first wicket as he had Tom Sidford caught by Hannon and Penarth were reduced to 59-5.

Skone and Jamie Hitchen shared 26 runs for the sixth wicket as they tried to swing the game in their favour but Hitchen was then caught and bowled by Andrew Miller on a score of 15.

Skone and Alex Langrish added 19 runs but Miller again made the breakthrough as he had Langrish caught by Ashley Sutton on a score of 8.

Soon after Skone, who had made his way to a score of 40 with two fours, was caught by Gregg Miller off the bowling of Nic Koomen and Penarth slipped to 105-8.

Rees then bowled Morgan Humphreys on a score of 1 and although Will Skone and Nathan Piddock finished not out on scores of 15 and 9 respectively, Neyland had done enough to win the game as Penarth finished short on 133-9.

Neyland will now play Ynysygerwn in the semi-final at the Atheltic Ground on Sunday (Aug 19), with the winner going on to play either Ammanford or Cardiff in the final.

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