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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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Collins’ stunner earns win for Veterans

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A STUNNING strike from Hakin left back Adam Collins ensured that the Veteran Vikings earned maximum points and remain top of the Welsh Veterans League after a hard fought 4-3 win at home to Coedeva Athletic last Sunday (Feb 17).

However, on a very windy day, the Vikings found themselves behind early on as Gareth Hinwood scored from the penalty spot.

Hakin were soon level though, when Stuart MacDonald set up Matthew Price to score from close range.

Richard Nash gave Hakin the lead scoring via a deflection and Paul Andrews levelled matters for Coedeva before the break, as his shot from distance also took a deflection.

Early in the second half, Michael McCarthy beat the Coedeva keeper to a ball to make it 3-2 from close range and almost immediately, Coedeva were level after another Gareth Hinwood penalty.

Inside the final quarter, a stunning left footed strike from Adam Collins found the top corner from distance to give Hakin the win.

Hakin next play on Sunday, March 3, at home to Swansea University in the semi-final of the Welsh Veterans Cup.

Hakin United: Jason Morgan, Nigel Armstrong, Richard Bland, Nigel Delaney, Adam Collins, Shaun Mills, Richard Nash, Stuart MacDonald, Michael McCarthy, Matthew Price, Leighton Edwards. Subs: Leigh Walters, Simon Rocke, Jamie Phillips, Gary Dawes.

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Saints do the double

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ST CLEARS completed the double over Neyland as they earned a 4-0 win on Saturday (Feb 16).

The Saints, who were forced into a re-shuffle at the back and without one of their midfielders, had beaten them 5-2 at home the previous week and Neyland would have been looking for some revenge.

However, it was the Saints who started strongly and took a deserved lead from a short corner. Jonny Thomas found Steve Thomas unmarked in the box and he headed home.

Both teams had chances to score but Saints keeper James Dickson made a few good saves to keep their 1-0 lead in tact.

The visitors eventually got the second goal of the game following good individual play by Will Evans.

Evans then added his second directly from a free kick to make it 3-0. They then rounded off a good day as Sean Seymour Davies latched onto a long ball to score and make it 4-0.

On Saturday (Feb 23), Neyland are away to Goodwick while St Clears welcome Merlins Bridge.

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Jones’ late drop goal earns win for Blues

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HAVERFORDWEST moved up to second place in League 3 West A on Saturday (Feb 16), as they beat Neyland with a late drop goal.

It was a tight game with both sides battling well but it was the Blues who went ahead early on as Craig Barnett scored a penalty.

Barnett then scored another soon after to put the visitors into a 0-6 lead and it remained that way until the half time whistle.

Early in the second half Neyland were back in it as they scored a penalty to make the score 3-6.

Mark Riley then put Neyland ahead as he was credited with a pushover try but the conversion was missed and the All Blacks led by two points.

Haverfordwest pushed on looking for a winning score and when a try wasn’t forthcoming the ball was sent back to Mikey Jones who kept calm to send a drop goal through the posts.

That put the Blues one point ahead at 8-9 and there was little time for the home side to respond.

The All Blacks do pick up the consolation of a losing bonus point but that will not do much to lift their spirits after they were dropped to fourth in the table following other results.

The Blues now sit second with Aberaeron breathing down their necks having played three games less.

There is no game on Saturday (Feb 23), as Wales take on England at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

The sides return to action on Saturday, March 2, when Haverfordwest host Llanybydder and Neyland host St Davids.

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