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West Wales Cup Preview

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THERE are a number of exciting fixtures in the West Wales Cup this weekend (Saturday, December 2), as teams from Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire go head to head.

One of the ties of the round sees Carmarthenshire League Champions Trostre Sports taking on Pembrokeshire Senior Cup holders Merlins Bridge.

The Wizards are yet to lose a league game this season and currently sit third in the table and come into this game on the back of a 3-1 win over rivals West Dragons.

Trostre have endured a difficult start to their season and have two wins, two draws and three defeats to their name so far in the league.

In their last league game they drew 1-1 with leaders Loughor and they will still provide a tough test for the Wizards.

Pembrokeshire league Champions Hakin United will also be looking to make it through but standing in their way will be Carmarthenshire side Seaside.

They currently sit fourth in the Premier Division and will also provide a good test for the Vikings.

Hakin have played only six games in the league so far this season but have won five of them and they also beat Carmarthenshire side Dafen in the last round.

Former West Wales Cup winners Goodwick United face Swansea Senior league side CRC Rangers.

The Pheonix boys will we well versed with their Swansea counterparts having played a number of other teams in that division already this season and they beat Swansea league side Kilvey Fords 3-0 in the second round.

Carew, who have proved a tough team to play against this season, welcome Carmarthenshire league side Evans and Williams.

The Rooks have won four of their nine league games so far this season but also held Merlins Bridge to a 3-3 draw and they will be keen to beat their Carmarthenshire opponents.

Evans and Williams also have four wins to their name so far this season and come into this game with confidence after a 2-0 win away to Pontlliw in their last game.

Bwlch, who are currently unbeaten so far this season, face a tough test as they travel to former finalists Morriston Olympic.

Carmarthenshire League leaders Loughor Rovers are at home and they take on Swansea side Maltsters Sports.

Gorseinon who are top of Division 1 of the Carmarthenshire league travel to Mumbles Rangers.

Finally, Pwll Athletic, who are third in the Premier Division of the Carmarthenshire League take on Swansea side Ystradgynlais.

All games are set to kick off at 2pm. Good luck to all sides involved and may the best teams win.

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Collins’ stunner earns win for Veterans

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A STUNNING strike from Hakin left back Adam Collins ensured that the Veteran Vikings earned maximum points and remain top of the Welsh Veterans League after a hard fought 4-3 win at home to Coedeva Athletic last Sunday (Feb 17).

However, on a very windy day, the Vikings found themselves behind early on as Gareth Hinwood scored from the penalty spot.

Hakin were soon level though, when Stuart MacDonald set up Matthew Price to score from close range.

Richard Nash gave Hakin the lead scoring via a deflection and Paul Andrews levelled matters for Coedeva before the break, as his shot from distance also took a deflection.

Early in the second half, Michael McCarthy beat the Coedeva keeper to a ball to make it 3-2 from close range and almost immediately, Coedeva were level after another Gareth Hinwood penalty.

Inside the final quarter, a stunning left footed strike from Adam Collins found the top corner from distance to give Hakin the win.

Hakin next play on Sunday, March 3, at home to Swansea University in the semi-final of the Welsh Veterans Cup.

Hakin United: Jason Morgan, Nigel Armstrong, Richard Bland, Nigel Delaney, Adam Collins, Shaun Mills, Richard Nash, Stuart MacDonald, Michael McCarthy, Matthew Price, Leighton Edwards. Subs: Leigh Walters, Simon Rocke, Jamie Phillips, Gary Dawes.

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Saints do the double

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ST CLEARS completed the double over Neyland as they earned a 4-0 win on Saturday (Feb 16).

The Saints, who were forced into a re-shuffle at the back and without one of their midfielders, had beaten them 5-2 at home the previous week and Neyland would have been looking for some revenge.

However, it was the Saints who started strongly and took a deserved lead from a short corner. Jonny Thomas found Steve Thomas unmarked in the box and he headed home.

Both teams had chances to score but Saints keeper James Dickson made a few good saves to keep their 1-0 lead in tact.

The visitors eventually got the second goal of the game following good individual play by Will Evans.

Evans then added his second directly from a free kick to make it 3-0. They then rounded off a good day as Sean Seymour Davies latched onto a long ball to score and make it 4-0.

On Saturday (Feb 23), Neyland are away to Goodwick while St Clears welcome Merlins Bridge.

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Jones’ late drop goal earns win for Blues

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HAVERFORDWEST moved up to second place in League 3 West A on Saturday (Feb 16), as they beat Neyland with a late drop goal.

It was a tight game with both sides battling well but it was the Blues who went ahead early on as Craig Barnett scored a penalty.

Barnett then scored another soon after to put the visitors into a 0-6 lead and it remained that way until the half time whistle.

Early in the second half Neyland were back in it as they scored a penalty to make the score 3-6.

Mark Riley then put Neyland ahead as he was credited with a pushover try but the conversion was missed and the All Blacks led by two points.

Haverfordwest pushed on looking for a winning score and when a try wasn’t forthcoming the ball was sent back to Mikey Jones who kept calm to send a drop goal through the posts.

That put the Blues one point ahead at 8-9 and there was little time for the home side to respond.

The All Blacks do pick up the consolation of a losing bonus point but that will not do much to lift their spirits after they were dropped to fourth in the table following other results.

The Blues now sit second with Aberaeron breathing down their necks having played three games less.

There is no game on Saturday (Feb 23), as Wales take on England at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

The sides return to action on Saturday, March 2, when Haverfordwest host Llanybydder and Neyland host St Davids.

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