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West Wales Cup Preview



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.


Greene’s double sinks Swifts



MERLINS Bridge booked their place in the last 16 of the West Wales Cup on Saturday (Dec 8) as they beat Monkton Swifts 3-0 at the Racecourse.

A good crowd gathered to watch the game that was played in blustery conditions which caused problems for both teams throughout the match.

Neither side was able to gain an upper hand in the first half but it was the Wizards who eventually took the lead shortly before half time.

A slip allowed Joe Leahy in and went one-on-one with the Swifts keeper before finding the back of the net.

The windy conditions continued in the second half and Will Haworth came close to doubling the home side’s lead but his shot was saved.

They then made it 2-0 as Haworth crossed from the left for Nathan Greene at the back post who headed low and into the net.

Peter Thomas then played a good one-two with Greene but Thomas sent his shot over the bar.

Greene could have had a second soon after but, after the Swifts keeper had come off his line, he could only send his effort over the bar.

He wasn’t to be denied his second however as a through ball set him up and he fired low into the bottom left corner of the goal to make it 3-0.

On Saturday (Dec 15), Merlins Bridge return to league action with a game against bottom side Milford United at Marble Hall.

Monkton Swifts will look to bounce back as they travel to Herbrandston.

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Bluebirds prepare for Pontypridd test



HAVERFORDWEST County will be looking to progress to the next round of the JD Welsh Cup on Saturday (Dec 8), when they welcome Pontypridd Town to the Bridge Meadow.

The Bluebirds enjoyed a thrilling 4-3 win against Swansea University in the last round having previously beaten STM Sports 2-1 away from home in the first round.

They currently sit third in Welsh League Division 1 with seven wins from their ten games so far this season.

They will also be looking for another cup run having already reached the fourth round of the League Cup.

Visitors Pontypridd also enjoyed a thrilling 6-3 win in their second round game with Goytre and they also won 2-1 away from home against Llanidloes Town in the first round.

They may sit second from bottom in Division 1 of the Welsh Leagues but their cup run has shown that they should not be underestimated.

The game is a repeat of the third round tie from last year which Pontypridd won 3-1 and the Bluebirds will be looking to avenge that defeat.

This is the Bluebirds’ only home game in December so make sure you get down to the Bridge Meadow to show your support.

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Bowen wins Young Sportsman of the Year



WELSH jockey, James Bowen, 17, has won the Carwyn James Young Sportsman of the Year Award at the Wales Sports Awards on Tuesday, December 4, at The Celtic Manor.

The Awards which are an annual amalgamation of BBC Cymru Wales and Sports Wales to make the biggest Welsh Sporting celebration of the year, it is intended to showcase the best of both elite and grassroot level of sporting achievement.

Speaking to James on his award he said: “It came as a bit of a shock to me, I didn’t realise I had done that well this year”.

Bowen, who has been racing for the past 18 months, at just 16 became the youngest rider to win the Coral Welsh Grand National in 2018 on Raz De Maree. He is no stranger when it comes to awards, recently collecting the Rising Star Award at the inaugural Welsh Horse Racing Awards at Chepstow Racecourse.

On his Rising Star Award James said: “It was exciting to win this award as it’s the first time these awards have been done at the racecourse”.

On his recent career highlights James added: “I would like to thank everybody who has worked with me over the years, and all the trainers who have helped me get here.”

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