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Mariners battle past Wasps

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MILFORD Haven kept hold of top spot in League 3 West A as they made their way to a 34-12 win away at Llangwm on Saturday (Jan 27).

The main pitch at Pill Parks was unplayable due to the heavy rain but the reserve pitch was deemed playable by the referee.

There was a scrappy start to the game with both sides guilty of giving the ball away while Llangwm also defended well in the opening stages.

Indeed, the home side could have taken the lead with just five minutes on the clock but Luke Hayman’s penalty went wide of the posts.

Milford began to put the pressure on after that miss and came close with a driving maul but gave the ball back to the home side following an infringement.

Llangwm had the lineout but Milford stole the ball back and a good run from Jimmy Thomas almost got them but he was halted and passed to Jamie Lewis but Llangwm did well to tackle him out of play.

They continued to look for the opening score and it finally came with seventeen minutes on the clock as Craig Smith found Dan McClelland who in turn fed the ball out wide for Lee Riley who scored down the right hand side.

A last ditch tackle to try and prevent the try resulted in Riley needing treatment and he was taken off to be replaced by Craig Barnett.

The conversion from McClelland was wide but it wasn’t long before they doubled their lead as another maul saw them go over the line with Captain Adam Rees credited with the touch down.

McClelland again tried his luck in the difficult conditions and was unlucky to see his kick bounce down off the crossbar.

There followed a period of play where neither side could gain the upper hand with Milford again going close after Llangwm were penalised for pulling the man down only for the home side to win the ball back and clear their lines.

With the first half coming to a close the Mariners looked to increase their lead once more and they were rewarded when Mark Wonnacott forced his way over for the try.

McClelland’s conversion was again wide and the referee blew for half time with the Mariners leading 0-15.

Llangwm had a good spell at the start of the second half and Milford had to be at their best to keep the home side out.

Having weathered the early storm Jimmy Thomas was sent free to score his side’s fourth try to earn a crucial bonus point and McClelland was successful with his first conversion from four attempts.

Four minutes later they had another try as Ben Groves found Barnett who in turn found Thomas once more who went over for his second try of the game. The conversion again went wide of the posts.

Llangwm again looked to respond with Josh Hicks going on a bursting run only to be halted by the Milford defence.

The home side battled well and came agonising close to a first score of the afternoon but they lost the ball with the line just inches away.

Milford then picked the ball up and Barnett found Craig Smith who ran half the length of the field, despite cries of a forward pass from the home bench, to score and McClelland added the extras for a 34-0 lead.

The Wasps never gave up and with five minutes to go their play was rewarded as they were gifted the ball by a knock on from Milford whilst defending their own try line.

Try: Llangwm score the first of their two tries

From the resulting scrum, Dan Chesmer made a burst for the line and bundled his way over, much to the delight of the home crowd. Hayman then added the conversion to add some respectability to the scoreline.

There was still time for another try and Jason Mock made his way over and although Hayman missed the conversion, the score was no more than they had deserved.

The win for the Mariners keeps them top of the table with second placed Pembroke just four points behind.

Llangwm are next in action on Saturday, February 10, when they travel to Pembroke while Milford’s next game takes place on Saturday, February 17, when they host Cardigan.

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Johnston earn first win

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JOHNSTON secured their first win of the season on Saturday (Aug 10) as they beat Carew seconds by 68 runs.

It brings an end to a long wait for Johnston who went nearly two seasons without victory.

On Saturday they batted first against Carew scoring a good total of 210-9 in their innings.

Gino Cleal top scored for Johnston with 76 runs and there was also a good knock of 44 from Steve James.

Josh Hicks also scored 19 runs as the visitors looked to set a challenging target for their hosts.

For Carew, Rob Hicks was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with figures of 4-22 while Rhys Canton also bowled well for his figures of 2-37.

In reply, Carew’s Yori Hicks scored 62 and Alex Wilkes added 28 but Johnston were not to be denied on this occasion.

Nick Davies was in fine form with the ball taking seven wickets fore the loss of 41 runs. Mark Hicks also took two wickets for Johnston.

They bowled Carew out for 142 and the win also lifts them off the bottom of the table.

Having sealed their first win of the season they will go again on Saturday (Aug 17), when they travel to second placed Narberth.

Carew seconds will look to get back to winning ways when they take on Cresselly Seconds.

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Athletic play Vikings in Joe Lennon final

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MILFORD Athletic will play Hakin United in the Joe Lennon Cup Final on Saturday (Aug 17) after both sides won their respective semi-finals.

Milford Athletic played on Monday (Aug 12) and they beat Herbrandston on penalties after the game finished 1-1 after 90 minutes.

Hakin played their game on Tuesday (Aug 13) and they overcame Milford United, again by the method of penalties.

On Monday, Division 3 side Athletic took the lead in the first half when Gareth Quirk’s free kick went in despite the Herbie keeper managing to get a hand on the ball.

Keeper Owen Thomas then made a couple of good saves to keep Herbie in the game.

They finished the second half strongly and were rewarded when Marc Boswell’s free kick flew into the net to make it 1-1.

Both sides had further chances but neither could find a winner which meant penalties would be needed to separate the sides.

Athletic keeper Jonathan Pawlett saved McCauley Marshallsay’s spot kick before Callum English fired over to send the Athletic through.

For them, Quirk, Haydn Dimond, Liam Clarke and John Lydon were all on target from the spot.

Tuesday’s sem-final followed a similar story as Scott Reid opened the scoring for the Vikings with a fine strike, only for Milford United to level matters.

Lewys Tee’s goal brought them level at the break to make it 1-1 and that was how it stayed until the final whistle.

Reid came close when a cross was fumbled into his path by the United keeper but he poked the ball wide.

The Vikings also brought on Nicky Woodrow as they went in search of a winner but penalties would again be needed to separate the two sides.

With the score level at 3-3 in the shootout, Joel Codd sent his penalty wide for Milford leaving the hosts with a chance to go through.

Leon Luby kept his nerve to give the Vikings a 4-3 shootout win to send them to the final.

The final will take place on Saturday (Aug 17) at the Obs and kicks off at 2pm.

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Cresselly stun Town

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CRESSELLY’s Dan Sutton scored an unbeaten century to help his side to a ten-wicket win over Haverfordwest on Saturday (Aug 10).

Town batted first on winning the toss and made a good total of 208-2 from their 45 overs.

Simon Holliday and Danny Potter shared 43 runs for the first wicket before Potter was bowled by Ryan Lewis on a score of 23.

Holliday and Dai Davies shared another 99 runs for the second wicket as they continued to put runs on the board.

Davies hit five fours and a six in his score of 47 but he was then caught by Mike Venables off the bowling of Tom Arthur.

Holliday and Ben Field then shared another 66 runs to take Town to their total.

Field finished unbeaten on 38 having hit two fours and a six while Holliday hit five fours and five sixes as he finished not out on 94.

Dan Sutton and Phil Williams began Cresselly’s reply and they were untroubled by Town’s bowling attack.

Williams hit eight fours as he finished unbeaten on 65 but Sutton was the star of the show.

He smashed fifteen fours and five sixes to finish not out on 135 from 122 balls to help Cresselly to their target with time to spare.

The win for Cresselly sees them close the gap to third place Carew to 11 points with the two sides set to play each other on Saturday (Aug 17).

Town will look to bounce back but they face a tough test against newly-crowned Champions Neyland.

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