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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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All Blacks earn third straight win

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NEYLAND sealed their third League win in a row on Saturday (Sept 22) as they beat Llanybydder 22-16 at the Athletic Ground.

It was a closely fought match and the blustery rain and strong wind made conditions difficult for both teams in their attempts to play open rugby.

The home side started well and were rewarded when lively right wing Patrick Bellerby made a strong midfield run to cross for the opening try, converted by fly-half Mark Riley.

Llanybydder then settled, and a good run by centre Arwel Thomas took play deep into the home 22.

Further pressure by the visitors led to two penalties for centre Steff Richards to give a score of 7-6 at the interval.

Neyland controlled possession and territory for most of the second period, with forwards and backs combining well.

Llyr James reaches over to score the last try of the game. Pic. Herald

They were rewarded with two tries for Number 8 Ben Williams and another for replacement hooker Richard Jones as they claimed a bonus point.

However, the visitors, missing a few regulars, responded with a late try for scrum half Llyr James, with an excellent conversion by Richards securing the losing bonus point.

On Saturday (Sept 29), Neyland will look to keep their winning run going when they travel to Cardigan. Llanybydder return to South Pembrokeshire to visit Pembroke Dock Harlequins.

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Super Solva sink Neyland

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SOLVA pulled off one of the shocks of the Senior Cup first round as they beat Division 1 Neyland 4-2 at the Athletic Ground on Saturday (Sept 22).

The game got underway despite persistent rain and it was the hosts who took the lead.

Solva equalised before Neyland took the lead once more, Ben Fairburn and Mike Chandler scoring for the home side.

Shortly before half time Solva equalised to make it 2-2 and it was all to play for in the second half.

Leon Dinmore scored twice while Gonzalez Rocha and Josh Bland also scored as Solva went ahead in the second half.

Neyland looked to hit back but were unable to find a way past the Solva keeper as a couple of long range efforts flew over in the closing stages.

Solva hung on for a deserved win and will now look forward to their second round game away to Pendine.

Neyland return to Division 1 action on Saturday (Sept 29) as they take on Narberth. Solva will look to build on their Cup win as they host Camrose in Division 2.

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Senior Cup first round preview

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THE first round of the Senior Cup gets underway on Saturday (Sept 22) as the road to the Bridge Meadow begins.

The standout tie of the round sees Cup holders Hakin United taking on Clarbeston Road in a repeat of last season’s final.

Hakin won the final 7-1 and they will be keen to get their defence of the Cup up and running. Clarby have reached the final for the last two seasons and they will also be looking to get through to the next round.

There is a local derby on offer in Fishguard as they welcome former Senior Cup winners Goodwick United.

Both teams have made excellent starts to their respective seasons and something will have to give for one of these teams to go through.

Keegan Summers and Steve Lewis have both scored seven times for Fishguard and Goodwick will have to keep these two quiet. Jordan Griffiths has also started the season in fine form with eight goals and he will provide the main threat to their rivals.

Division 5 newcomers Newport Tigers will have their first taste of Senior Cup football on Saturday as they travel to Division 1 side Narberth.

Narberth have not won in their opening five games and will be looking to kick start their season with a cup win.

Newport have played three times so far winning just once but they will be keen to cause an upset.

Another side that has had a tough start in Division 1 is Lamphey and they host Division 2 side Letterston who have also made a slow start with just one win from their first five games.

Action from the Senior Cup game between Merlins Bridge and Solva last season

Merlins Bridge have made an unbeaten start to the season with three wins and a draw in their first four games and they will be looking to avoid an upset against Division 4 leaders Cosheston.

Cosheston are also unbeaten and have scored over three goals in each of their three games so far and the Wizards will need to be wary of the threat posed by their opponents.

Division 2 leaders Johnston are at home as they welcome Carew in what should be an excellent game.

Johnston’s Scott Crawford and Ryan Doyle, with nine and seven goals respectively, have started the season in excellent form and they will be hoping they can cause an upset.

Carew had been unbeaten until their loss to St Clears last Saturday and they will be keen to bounce back from that result with a win in the cup.

Neyland earned their first win of the season on Saturday as they beat Milford and they will be looking to back that up as they take on Division 2 Solva.

Solva have made a steady start to their season with two wins and a draw from their opening five games but they also won in their last game on Saturday as they beat Lawrenny 3-2.

Milford v Saundersfoot from last season

Milford United are away to fellow Division 1 side Saundersfoot Sports in a repeat of last season’s first round game which the Sports won at Marble Hall.

Hundleton beat Monkton Swifts in the first round last year and they have a home game against Milford Athletic.

Both sides have made a slow start to the season and will be eager to get their season up and running with a cup win.

Camrose are at home as they take on Pembroke Boro who are yet to lose in Division 3 so far this season.

Llangwm/H’west CC take on Herbrandston while Pendine are at home to Prendergast Villa.

St Clears host Kilgetty and St Ishmaels are at home as they take on Monkton Swifts. James Russell and Dylan Davies have started the season on fire scoring 19 goals between them and Tish will do well to stop them.

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