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Away win consolidates top spot for Ladies

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Rhondda              1

Milford Ladies   2

LOOKING to consolidate their place at the top of the table after a terrific performance the previous week Milford Haven Ladies took the long trip to Pontypridd to play Rhondda in wet wintry conditions on Saturday (Jan 27).

Starting the day with a bare 11 players, the visitors started brightly and it wasn’t long before they took an early lead with Charlotte Davies driving into the D and finishing well with a neat shot into the far corner.

Milford continued to set the tempo in the first period and found themselves 2-0 up shortly afterwards as Jemma Phillips finished a beautifully worked move, slotting the ball past the Rhondda keeper from Rachel Coe’s cross.

Despite several more chances going begging, Milford were indebted to keeper Louise Bellamy who saved brilliantly just before the break, keeping the score at 2-0 for a healthy half time cushion.

With no subs on the sideline, Milford tired in the second half as the rain fell heavily, and the home side hit back with a well-placed shot just sneaking inside the post with 20 minutes still to go.

As the game wore on the visitors dug deep, restricting Rhondda to only a few half chances, but continued to sit deep as they struggled to maintain any periods of possession and territory.

The last 10 minutes saw Milford pinned back in their own half, but some resolute defending especially by Meg Evans MOM and some fine goal keeping ensured there was no late drama and to return home with another well-deserved 3 points.

Captain Emma Summons stated: “After last week’s performance it was great to back it up with another 3 points. Credit to the girls who got up early and made the long journey and I was very impressed with the way a bare squad battled well to ensure we came home with a win”.

Squad: Emma Summons, Louise Bellamy, Vicki John, Kate Farr, Meg Evans, Charlotte Davies, Kacey Arran, Georgia Davies, Rachel Coe, Jemma Phillips, Meg Jones.

Milford’s next fixture takes place on Saturday, February 3, at home against Sue Noake, with a 12pm pushback.

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Ruthless Mariners power past Saints

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MILFORD Haven put in a ruthless display as they scored seventeen tries to beat St Davids 119-5 at the Obs on Saturday (Jan 5).

The Mariners were right at it from the kick off and did not let up as they held a 63-5 lead at the break.

James Trueman scored a hat trick of tries for the home side and he also went on to kick each of his 17 conversion attempts for a club record haul of 49 points.

Dan Jenkins also crossed for three tries while Dan Birch, Sam Dolling and Brandon Cooper all scored twice for the home side.

The Saints, to their credit, kept going and were rewarded in the first half when Josh Strangwood crossed for a try.

Jamie Lewis, Dewi Williams, Ryan Mansell, Dan McClelland and Steve Martin all got their names on the scoresheet to seal an emphatic victory.

The win keeps Milford top of the table by a point from rivals Neyland and on Saturday (Jan 12), they will face a sterner test as they travel to Laugharne.

The Saints remain third from bottom in the table and on Saturday they are at home to third placed Haverfordwest.

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Trundle leaves Bluebirds

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HAVERFORDWEST County have confirmed that star signing Lee Trundle has left the club.

The news was announced on Sunday, December 30, and the former Swansea City player has since signed for Welsh League Division 3 side Trefelin BGC.

In a statement released by the Bluebirds they thank Lee for his time at the club in which he scored 12 goals in all competitions.

A spokesperson for the club said: “Due to increasing work commitments, Lee Trundle has decided to leave Haverfordwest County and his last game was on Friday evening (Dec 28) at Ton Pentre where he scored two goals taking his tally for the Bluebirds to twelve in all competitions this season.

“Whist his stay at our club was shorter than we would have hoped, we fully understand his decision and everyone at the football club would like to thank Lee for his time here and the way he has conducted himself both on and off the field of play. Lee leaves with our sincere best wishes.”

Lee commented on Haverfordwest County’s Facebook page saying: “Good luck the rest of the season boys. Great club run by great people. Wish you all the best on the race for the league title this year.”

Fans of the club have also commented saying they are ‘gutted’ to see him leave and that he will be missed.

As well as Swansea, Lee has also played for Wrexham, Bristol City and Leeds United in his career.

It was announced in May 2018 that Trundle would be joining the Bluebirds having helped Llanelli Town to promotion to the Welsh Premier League.

Lee now joins a team that sit top of Division 3 and his inclusion is likely to give a further boost to their promotion hopes.

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Late Smith penalty seals Pembroke win

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A LATE penalty from Toby Smith earned Pembroke a 15-13 victory in a hard-fought encounter with Pembrokeshire rivals Fishguard on Saturday (Dec 29).

It was an excellent game between two good teams with Pembroke feeling a little rusty having not played for three weeks while the heavy pitch suited a Fishguard side who were looking to avenge their narrow 16-17 defeat at home to Pembroke earlier in the season.

There was no sign of rustiness however as the home side started the game well and could have gone ahead but Johnny Palmer was held up over the line.

Sean Dalling also looked to be free but he was ankle tapped near the line and the Seagulls were able to recover.

Having weathered the early storm the Seagulls then took the lead as Andrew Williams touched down under the posts. Kial Keane then added the extra two points.

Pembroke responded well and were soon back on level terms as Dan Colley ran a good line off Toby Smith to touch the ball down under the posts. Smith then added the extras.

The home side then went ahead as a good break by Tom Lewis set up captain Scott Powell who crashed over. This time the conversion was missed by Pembroke held a 12-7 lead.

They could have had a third try soon after as Dan Colley touched down but it was ruled out for a marginal forward pass.

The Seagulls then narrowed the gap as Keane scored a penalty and the score at half time was 12-10 in Pembroke’s favour.

In the second half Fishguard came at Pembroke well and they took the lead with another penalty from Keane to make it 12-13 to the visitors.

It was an evenly contested half but it was Pembroke who had the final say as Smith sent a penalty through the posts in the last minute to seal a 15-13 victory.

Pembroke’s win keeps them fourth in the table and they will look for another win on Saturday (Jan 5) as they host Carmarthen Athletic.

Fishguard will look to get back to winning ways as they travel to Burry Port who sit just below them in the table.

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