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10-man Ferry stun Bluebirds

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HAVERFORDWEST County were beaten 3-2 by 10-man Briton Ferry Llansawel this evening (Feb 2) as a goal from Scott Tomlinson sealed victory in an entertaining game at the Bridge Meadow.

A good crowd gathered to watch the game but they saw the Bluebirds make a slow start and the visitors could have been ahead in the third minute.

Steve Hughes cut inside the defender but saw his shot blocked only for the ball to then be fizzed across goal for  Tyler Brock who saw his shot saved by County keeper Conah McFenton.

From the resulting corner Gareth Jones rose highest to head into the top left corner to give his side a deserved lead.

Dan Williams was a constant threat for the Bluebirds and he saw a shot go over soon after as the home side started to get back into the game.

Declan Carroll and Williams once more went close before Steffan Williams headed down for Kristian Speake but his shot hit the side netting.

With twenty minutes gone the Bluebirds were rewarded when a free kick from Matthew Broome found Captain Sean Pemberton who headed in unmarked to level the scores.

Dan Williams then ran into the box before cutting back for namesake Steffan but his shot flew over the bar.

Seven minutes before half time, Dan again crossed for Steffan but his shot was saved well by the Briton Ferry keeper.

The visitors weathered the Bluebirds’ storm and it remained 1-1 when the half time whistle went.

Early in the second half, Dan Williams again went close after being put through in what was a good chance for the home side.

They were made to pay for that miss as Briton Ferry launched an attack which saw Tyler Brock cut inside and shoot low under McFenton to put the visitors back into the lead.

On the hour mark, Briton Ferry’s Brock got in the way of a quick free kick and, having already been booked, the referee pulled out a second yellow followed by a red, and Brock was sent for an early bath.

Broome then saw the resultant free kick tipped over the bar by Ferry keeper Luke Probert.

Two minutes later the Bluebirds were level again in spectacular fashion as a cross into the box found Dan Williams, who had beat the offside trap, and he got on the end of it to wonderfully lob the ball into the net.

However, any thoughts the Bluebirds had of going on to win the game were dealt a blow just two minutes later as a ball into the box saw Scott Tomlinson also beat the offside trap and head the ball past McFenton to give Briton Ferry the lead for a third time.

McFenton was then lucky as his clearance was charged down by a Briton Ferry player but the ball deflected to a Blue shirt.

Kristian Speake went close again as his deflected shot from the edge of the box was well tipped round the post by the keeper.

Joe Leahy saw a late shot blocked as the Bluebirds piled on the pressure looking for a late equaliser that never came.

The Ferry were content to keep the ball in the corner and after a lengthy injury time the referee brought an end to the match.

Defeat for the Bluebirds is just their second of the season and means they missed the chance to extend their lead at the top of the Welsh League Division 1 table.

The Bluebirds are next in action on Saturday, February 10, when they travel to Cambrian and Clydach.

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Lamphey pull out of league

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LAMPHEY Football Club has announced that they have withdrawn their team from the Pembrokeshire Football League.

The Club has cited a lack of players as a reason for their withdrawal but they are now the third team to have done so in a short space of time.

Last season West Dragons and Angle took themselves out of the league for similar reasons.

It means their last match was an 11-1 defeat to Hakin United in the Senior Cup on Saturday (Nov 10) and their game with Goodwick this weekend has now been cancelled.

The Pembrokeshire Football League confirmed the news on their Facebook page saying: “Just to confirm that this morning the League received the sad news from Lamphey that they are withdrawing from the Pembrokeshire League with immediate effect.

“They are citing lack of players as the reasoning for their withdrawal. The League Tables will be amended accordingly.”

Lamphey had not won in their eight games played but had managed three draws. Those points will now be taken away and it is likely that only one team will be relegated from the first division.

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Veteran Vikings on top

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HAKIN United are top of the Welsh Veterans League following a 6-0 victory over Nelson Cavaliers at the Observatory last Sunday (Nov 11).

The result puts the Vikings one point ahead of current Champions Trefelin BGC, with the Port Talbot outfit having a game in hand.

However, last Sunday, despite the final score, It was Nelson that were missing the early chances with Hakin goalkeeper Jason Morgan saving a one on one and a penalty before Hakin took the lead midway through the first half.

Stuart MacDonald broke down the left and set up Matthew Price for a tap in to make it 1-0.

Minutes later, Hakin doubled their lead as Michael McCarthy headed home a MacDonald corner.

Just before half time, McCarthy put Price in the clear and the striker hammered a shot into the bottom corner to make it 3-0.

Early in the second half, Nelson missed another penalty before Price set up McCarthy to score from close range.

Ali Davies put Leigh Walters through to lift the ball over the keeper for number five and the same two players combined again for Walters to score his second, beating the keeper at his post.

Hakin next play in the Welsh Veterans Cup Preliminary Round away to Pencoed Athletic on Sunday (Nov 25).

Hakin United: Jason Morgan, Gerard Gray, Nigel Delaney, Richard Bland, Adam Collins, Ali Davies, Shaun Mills, Richard Nash, Michael McCarthy, Leigh Waters, Leighton Edwards. Subs: Nigel Armstrong, Matthew Price, Stuart MacDonald, Jamie Phillips, Gary Dawes.

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Blues too good for Neyland

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HAVERFORDWEST closed the gap to leaders Neyland as they condemned them to a second defeat in as many games on Saturday (Nov 10).

The Blues made a good start and it was Craig Barnett who put them into the lead with a try which he then converted. Barnett then added the extras for a 7-0 lead.

Haverfordwest continued to put the pressure on and Barnett extended their lead with a penalty.

Barnett then added two further penalties before half time to give his side a 16-0 lead at the break.

Both sides had chances to score at the start of the second half but errors meant the score stayed the same.

Patrick Bellerby came close to scoring for the All Blacks but Haverfordwest defended well to keep him out.

At the other end a Neyland clearance kick was blocked and kicked on with Barnett giving chase but he was beaten to the ball by Bellerby and Neyland were able to clear.

The visitors then went up the other end and came close to scoring but they gave the ball away. The referee was not happy with the scrums and after three attempts gave a penalty to Neyland from which Luke Griffiths-Dawes dived over. George Evans sent the resulting penalty wide.

Any thoughts Neyland had of making a comeback were quickly dashed as Jamie Zambas increased the home side’s lead with a converted try.

Neyland did pull another try back late on through Craig Power and Evans converted but it wasn’t enough as the Blues saw the game out.

The All Blacks are still top of the table but Haverfordwest are now just a point behind. Milford lie in third, two points behind with two games in hand on their rivals.

The teams are next in action on Saturday, November 24, when leaders Neyland travel to St Davids and Haverfordwest are also away to Llanybydder.

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