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Olyott to officiate Senior Cup Final

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REFEREE James Olyott, from Pembroke Dock, has been appointed to take charge of the 2018 Pembrokeshire League Senior Cup Final between Clarbeston Road and Hakin United on Saturday (Apr 21).

A referee since 2011, James was an Assistant Referee in 2016 when Angus Scourfield was the man in the middle and he will be accompanied by last years’ match official Charles Davies who will undertake the fourth official’s duties.

A former player with Pembroke Boro before he switched to the dark side, James is also a cricketer with Pembroke Dock CC and an avid Everton supporter, his preparation for the Cup Final set in stone as he will be in the stand for the Swansea v Everton Premier League game the week before.

Away from sport, James, an Assistant Headteacher at Sir Thomas Picton School, is married to Mellissa and has a two year old son, Harry. He has a passion for music and drama, producing many concerts and stage productions for young people, whilst also undertaking roles himself and being a singer.

Watchful eye: James Olyott in charge of a recent game between Hakin and Narberth

James will become the seventieth cup final official, the only referee to have officiated the game twice being Dave Lewis from Pendine in 1981/2 and again in 1999/2000, the first official Mr I Page in 1946/7 when RNAS Dale defeated Letterson 4-1.

As a member of the Pembrokeshire Referees Society he will be the guest at the pre match breakfast, held at the Friars, Haverfordwest, courtesy of Chris Jenkins when his fellow referees, past and present will support him in a tradition stretching back 15 years.

Former League President Dave Olyott will be in attendance to support James, alongside Ann, both of whom are supportive not only of the referee on this occasion but the wider footballing community.

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Greene’s double sinks Swifts

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MERLINS Bridge booked their place in the last 16 of the West Wales Cup on Saturday (Dec 8) as they beat Monkton Swifts 3-0 at the Racecourse.

A good crowd gathered to watch the game that was played in blustery conditions which caused problems for both teams throughout the match.

Neither side was able to gain an upper hand in the first half but it was the Wizards who eventually took the lead shortly before half time.

A slip allowed Joe Leahy in and went one-on-one with the Swifts keeper before finding the back of the net.

The windy conditions continued in the second half and Will Haworth came close to doubling the home side’s lead but his shot was saved.

They then made it 2-0 as Haworth crossed from the left for Nathan Greene at the back post who headed low and into the net.

Peter Thomas then played a good one-two with Greene but Thomas sent his shot over the bar.

Greene could have had a second soon after but, after the Swifts keeper had come off his line, he could only send his effort over the bar.

He wasn’t to be denied his second however as a through ball set him up and he fired low into the bottom left corner of the goal to make it 3-0.

On Saturday (Dec 15), Merlins Bridge return to league action with a game against bottom side Milford United at Marble Hall.

Monkton Swifts will look to bounce back as they travel to Herbrandston.

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Bluebirds prepare for Pontypridd test

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HAVERFORDWEST County will be looking to progress to the next round of the JD Welsh Cup on Saturday (Dec 8), when they welcome Pontypridd Town to the Bridge Meadow.

The Bluebirds enjoyed a thrilling 4-3 win against Swansea University in the last round having previously beaten STM Sports 2-1 away from home in the first round.

They currently sit third in Welsh League Division 1 with seven wins from their ten games so far this season.

They will also be looking for another cup run having already reached the fourth round of the League Cup.

Visitors Pontypridd also enjoyed a thrilling 6-3 win in their second round game with Goytre and they also won 2-1 away from home against Llanidloes Town in the first round.

They may sit second from bottom in Division 1 of the Welsh Leagues but their cup run has shown that they should not be underestimated.

The game is a repeat of the third round tie from last year which Pontypridd won 3-1 and the Bluebirds will be looking to avenge that defeat.

This is the Bluebirds’ only home game in December so make sure you get down to the Bridge Meadow to show your support.

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Bowen wins Young Sportsman of the Year

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WELSH jockey, James Bowen, 17, has won the Carwyn James Young Sportsman of the Year Award at the Wales Sports Awards on Tuesday, December 4, at The Celtic Manor.

The Awards which are an annual amalgamation of BBC Cymru Wales and Sports Wales to make the biggest Welsh Sporting celebration of the year, it is intended to showcase the best of both elite and grassroot level of sporting achievement.

Speaking to James on his award he said: “It came as a bit of a shock to me, I didn’t realise I had done that well this year”.

Bowen, who has been racing for the past 18 months, at just 16 became the youngest rider to win the Coral Welsh Grand National in 2018 on Raz De Maree. He is no stranger when it comes to awards, recently collecting the Rising Star Award at the inaugural Welsh Horse Racing Awards at Chepstow Racecourse.

On his Rising Star Award James said: “It was exciting to win this award as it’s the first time these awards have been done at the racecourse”.

On his recent career highlights James added: “I would like to thank everybody who has worked with me over the years, and all the trainers who have helped me get here.”

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