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Vikings knock Swifts for six

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HAKIN United moved to the top of the table on Monday night (Apr 9), as they thrashed Monkton Swifts 6-1.

It was a dominant display from the Vikings who thoroughly deserved their victory which saw Nicky Woodrow scoring twice for the visitors.

They nearly took the lead after three minutes when Leigh Marchant’s cross into the box found Ben Fawcett but his shot went across the face of goal and out for a goal kick.

Fawcett then set up a chance for Woodrow but his header was saved by Monkton keeper Michael Murray.

With twelve minutes gone, Hakin opened the scoring as Marchant sent a free kick into the box which found Justin Harding and he lobbed the ball over the keeper before Ben Fawcett tapped the ball home on the line to make sure it went in.

Patrick McDonagh then beat the offside trap and went through one on one with the keeper but Adrian Devonald made a great save to deny him.

Moments later Hakin doubled their lead as Nicky Woodrow saw his first effort saved before firing a second effort low into the net.

Daniel Armstong’s header goes in despite keeper Murray getting a touch

It was soon 3-0 as Daniel Armstrong’s header trickled over the line despite Murray getting a hand to it.

Monkton then had a good spell in the game as Ben Nicholas came close when a corner floated just over the back post and McDonagh sent an effort just wide of the left hand post.

Gareth Hunt had a chance to score shortly before the break as he cut inside before shooting but his effort went over the bar.

The Vikings thought they had a fourth on the stroke of half time as good play between Adam John, Marchant and Woodrow saw the latter poke the ball home but the goal was ruled out for offside.

Hakin continued to put the pressure on early in the second half as a free kick from Ryan Wilson was tipped over before Woodrow headed straight at Murray.

Six minutes later they finally had their fourth goal as Adam John did well to win the ball back before shooting low into the bottom left corner.

Monkton pulled a goal back two minutes after as Ben Nicholas’ free kick was deflected in to the net.

Martin Carroll then came close to pulling a second goal back but his effort smacked off the post and the danger was cleared.

On the hour mark Marchant again sent a cross into the box which found Fawcett at the back post but he fired an effort just inches over the bar.

The Vikings then added a fifth goal soon after in fine style as Harding sent an excellent cross into the box for Woodrow who headed back across goal and into the top corner.

Gareth Hunt then saw a shot saved as did Joe Lewis as Monkton continued to look for more goals.

With six minutes to go Hakin made it 6-1 as Harding finally got the goal his play had deserved as he fired into the roof of the net after being set up by sub Jack Wilson.

On Thursday (Apr 12), Hakin make the trip to Lamphey while Monkton are next in action on Saturday (Apr 14), when they take on Goodwick United.

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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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