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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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Bush qualifies for Paralympic games

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PEMBROKESHIRE’s Para-taekwondo star Matt Bush has qualified for the Tokyo Paralympic games this summer.

At the European Paralympic Qualification tournament, Bush, who is the current world champion, beat Hungary’s Zoltan Kiss 29-1 in the +75kg final.

Para-taekwondo will make its debut at this summer’s Paralympics with the competition set to take place from September 2-4.

Bush, from St Clears, became Britain’s first ever world champion in the sport in 2019 began his latest tournament in fine style, seeing off Roman Ivaniuk of Ukraine 38-2 in the semi-final.

Matt told BBC Sport that it felt ‘so good’ to have secured his spot in the team.

The heavyweight athlete has made quite the mark on the mats. He has medalled at the Korean Open, Oceania Para Taekwondo Championships and the Pan America Para Taekwondo Open.

The GB team for Tokyo will be officially announced later this summer.

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Lawrenny through in Village Cup

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LAWRENNY are through to the next round of the Village Cup after they beat Llandysul on Sunday (May 9).

Both teams were rained off the previous day but some good work meant that the game was able to go ahead.

Llandysul batted first but were bowled out for 82 in 26.3 overs as Jamie Lewis took five wickets for the visitors.

He went on to finish with figures of 5-22 from his seven overs while the home side’s top scorer was captain Llew Hughes who made a score of 20.

Lawrenny did not have it all their own way in their reply as Rhys Jones bowled well to finish with figures of 3-10.

However, an excellent knock of 52 from Harry Thomas steered Lawrenny to their target inside the 24th over.

Elsewhere, Carew’s game away at Drefach was called off while Cresselly had already received a bye to the next round.

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Lawrenny earn big win over Whitland

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LAWRENNY got their 2021 season off to the perfect start on Saturday (May 1) as they beat Whitland by 189 runs.

Whitland won the toss and elected to field but they could only watch as the home side piled on the runs before being bowled out for 264.

Kyle Marsh top scored with a score of 81 while Kurtis Mars also scored 45.

Tom Cole added 32 and James Phillips chipped in with a score of 29 as they batted well.

Wayne Howells and Jonathan Thomas finished with identical figures of 2-27 as Whitland’s bowling did at least keep the score below 300.

Whitland knew they would need to bat well to knock off the runs needed but came up against Ryan Morton who took four wickets for the loss of 17 runs.

Kurtis Marsh also claimed two wickets without conceding any runs as the visitors chances got smaller and smaller.

Geraint Jones did score 30 for Whitland but that was as good as it got as they were bowled out for just 75.

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