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Bridge preserve unbeaten run

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MERLINS Bridge moved up to second in Division 1 as they beat Narberth 2-1 in a game that was over-shadowed by a reckless tackle which sparked a brawl between both sides.

Narberth were coming into this game off the back of their first defeat following an eight game unbeaten run and were keen to get back to winning ways.

The Bridge are also on a good run and are yet to taste defeat so far this season with eight wins and two draws.

The Jesse Road pitch was deemed playable despite early rain throughout the county.

It was Narberth who took the lead early on when they were awarded a penalty and it was Tony Evans who stepped up to score.

The Wizards then equalised midway through the first half as Richard Hughes bundled the ball home.

He could have scored a second moments later when the ball was again played into the box but Richard Hughes could not get enough on the ball as he sent it wide.

Ceri Phillips then played the ball through for Dafydd Wright who went one-on-one with the Bridge keeper but he put his effort over the bar.

There was then a flashpoint in the game as a reckless tackle from Bridge player Matthew D’Ivry saw him catch the Narberth player.

Narberth’s players were unhappy with the challenge and a brawl broke out between both sets of players.

Coaches and subs from each bench had to come on to calm their sides down as referee Paul Rooney called the game off because of what had gone on.

However, both captains persuaded Rooney, who had walked as far as the penalty area, not to call the game off.

After it had all calmed down, Bridge’s D’Ivry was shown a yellow card as was a Narberth player and the game continued.

It remained 1-1 at half time but the game had been overshadowed by the bad-tempered incident.

In the second half it was Will Haworth who put the Wizards ahead with an excellent free kick from 30 yards out.

Narberth had a number of chances to score in the second half but they could not find the net.

The Wizards held on for the victory which moves them to within two points of leaders Goodwick United with both teams having played the same amount of games.

Narberth slip to third following this defeat but they felt hard done by after failing to get something out of the game.

The sides are next in action on Saturday, December 30, when Merlins Bridge are at home to Clarbeston Road, who currently sit fourth in the table.

Narberth are away in their next game as they travel to Angle for a 2:30pm kick off.

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Bush qualifies for Paralympic games

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PEMBROKESHIRE’s Para-taekwondo star Matt Bush has qualified for the Tokyo Paralympic games this summer.

At the European Paralympic Qualification tournament, Bush, who is the current world champion, beat Hungary’s Zoltan Kiss 29-1 in the +75kg final.

Para-taekwondo will make its debut at this summer’s Paralympics with the competition set to take place from September 2-4.

Bush, from St Clears, became Britain’s first ever world champion in the sport in 2019 began his latest tournament in fine style, seeing off Roman Ivaniuk of Ukraine 38-2 in the semi-final.

Matt told BBC Sport that it felt ‘so good’ to have secured his spot in the team.

The heavyweight athlete has made quite the mark on the mats. He has medalled at the Korean Open, Oceania Para Taekwondo Championships and the Pan America Para Taekwondo Open.

The GB team for Tokyo will be officially announced later this summer.

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Lawrenny through in Village Cup

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LAWRENNY are through to the next round of the Village Cup after they beat Llandysul on Sunday (May 9).

Both teams were rained off the previous day but some good work meant that the game was able to go ahead.

Llandysul batted first but were bowled out for 82 in 26.3 overs as Jamie Lewis took five wickets for the visitors.

He went on to finish with figures of 5-22 from his seven overs while the home side’s top scorer was captain Llew Hughes who made a score of 20.

Lawrenny did not have it all their own way in their reply as Rhys Jones bowled well to finish with figures of 3-10.

However, an excellent knock of 52 from Harry Thomas steered Lawrenny to their target inside the 24th over.

Elsewhere, Carew’s game away at Drefach was called off while Cresselly had already received a bye to the next round.

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Lawrenny earn big win over Whitland

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LAWRENNY got their 2021 season off to the perfect start on Saturday (May 1) as they beat Whitland by 189 runs.

Whitland won the toss and elected to field but they could only watch as the home side piled on the runs before being bowled out for 264.

Kyle Marsh top scored with a score of 81 while Kurtis Mars also scored 45.

Tom Cole added 32 and James Phillips chipped in with a score of 29 as they batted well.

Wayne Howells and Jonathan Thomas finished with identical figures of 2-27 as Whitland’s bowling did at least keep the score below 300.

Whitland knew they would need to bat well to knock off the runs needed but came up against Ryan Morton who took four wickets for the loss of 17 runs.

Kurtis Marsh also claimed two wickets without conceding any runs as the visitors chances got smaller and smaller.

Geraint Jones did score 30 for Whitland but that was as good as it got as they were bowled out for just 75.

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