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Parr at the double as Milford beat Angle

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MILFORD United moved off the foot of Division 1 on Tuesday (Apr 10), as they beat Angle 2-0 at Marble Hall thanks to a brace of goals from Liam Parr.

The win means Milford are now level on points with Herbrandston, who drop to the bottom, but are ahead on goal difference.

There was an even start to the game with both sides having chances to go ahead but neither keeper was really tested.

It was the home side who got the all-important breakthrough as a mistake from Angle keeper James Harries saw him kick the ball straight at Parr who made no mistake in putting the ball into the empty net.

That clearly shook the Angle keeper who made a similar mistake moments later but this time, Parr put his effort wide of the goal.

Shortly before half time, Gareth Richards had a great chance for Angle when he headed straight at the keeper but it wouldn’t have counted had it gone in as he was in an offside position when the kick was taken.

Early in the second half it was Milford’s keeper, Jack Nicolas, who made a mistake as he missed the ball but thankfully for him, his teammates were able to clear the ball before Angle could get to it.

Morgan Picton then had a chance for the home side but he saw his free kick tipped over by Angle’s Harries.

Scott Griffiths then saw a header go over from the resultant corner as they continued to push for a second goal.

That goal finally came as Liam Parr doubled his side’s lead to all but seal the points for Milford.

They held on and the win will give them confidence going into their next game on Saturday (Apr 14), when they welcome Carew to Marble Hall.

Angle are next in action on Thursday night (Apr 12), as they travel to Neyland.

Herbrandston now know they need to pick up victories in their final few games but they face tough opponents in Goodwick United and Merlins Bridge on Thursday and Saturday respectively.

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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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