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Hakin claim title and cup double with draw in Goodwick

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HAKIN United are the Champions of Division 1 of the Pembrokeshire League after they came from behind to draw 4-4 with West Wales Cup Champions Goodwick United on Thursday night (May 17) in a game that just about had it all.

Going into the game Goodwick were six points behind with two games left to play and knew they needed to win to keep their title hopes alive.

Anything less would mean that Hakin would be crowned champions with a game still to come and it seemed the Vikings were determined to get the job done on Thursday.

The draw means Hakin have sealed a League and Senior Cup double, the first time they have done so since the 2010/11 season.

Hakin took the lead early as Justin Harding poked the ball home from close range.

Goodwick’s hopes of getting back into the game were then dealt a blow as Kieran O’Brien was sent off.

Harding then grabbed his second goal of the game as he scored to give the Vikings one hand on the title.

The visitors continued to press and it was soon 3-0 as Nicky Woodrow scored with a delightful chip over Goodwick keeper James Gwilt.

It remained 3-0 at half time and it seemed there was no way back for Goodwick, but no one told them that.

Moments after the restart the ball was sent into the box and after an almighty scramble the ball eventually nestled in the net, seemingly coming off a Hakin player last.

The home side were then awarded a penalty and Adam Raymond stepped up to take it, scoring to make it 3-2.

The Pheonix Boys were then level as the ball fell kindly for top scorer Jordan Griffiths who volleyed the ball home.

Their remarkable comeback was complete as Adam Raymond slotted another penalty into the net to put the home side into the lead for the first time at 4-3.

Hakin knew that they only needed one goal to claim the title and they came agonisingly close when Ryan Wilson’s close range shot cannoned back off the bar.

Just as it looked like Hakin might have to wait until Monday for the title, Shane Walsh popped up in injury time, like he did against Merlins Bridge the previous week, to score the equalising goal.

It was an excellent game from both sides and a fantastic advert for Pembrokeshire football.

Goodwick’s comeback from 3-0 down was the stuff of champions but Hakin showed why they have been up at the top for so long to get the point they needed to seal the title.

The two teams must do it all again now on Monday (May 21), as they play the reverse fixture at the Obs in the final game of the season, with Hakin receiving the title following the game.

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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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Town earn comfortable win against Narberth

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HAVERFORDWEST got their season off to a good start on Saturday (May 1) as they beat Narberth by by 104 runs.

Narberth won the toss but elected to field first which would ultimately be a decision that would come back to haunt them.

The Town almost reached 200 runs, finishing their innings on 187-8.

Dai Davies top scored for the home side with a knock of 70 which included six fours and one six. He shared a third wicket stand of 49 with Mickey Jones.

Jones hit five fours in his knock of 46 before being caught off the bowling of Louis Hough.

Ben Hughes then had Ben Field caught by Hough to leave Town on 86-4.

Davies was joined in the middle by Jake Merry and the pair shared another good stand, worth 74 runs for the fifth wicket.

However, Merry fell for 32 and soon after Davies was out on 70 as Narberth hit back.

Ben Quartermaine picked up two late wickets as they were able to restrict their hosts to under 200.

Narberth’s opening pair shared 36 runs as they made a good start to their innings but wickets began to fall in quick succession and the 2019 Division 2 Champions were soon 36-4.

Jordan Howell scored 18 but he was his side’s top scorer as Will Phillips took four wickets for the loss of 15 runs for Town.

Ben Quartermaine scored 17 but he fell to Clive Tucker who went on to finish with figures of 3-15.

There was also two wickets for Dai Davies as Town bowled Narberth out for just 83.

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Carew prove too strong for Tish

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CAREW’s Iori Hicks picked up a five-wicket haul on Saturday (May 1) to help his side to victory over St Ishmaels.

Tish won the toss but elected to field first and that gave the visitors the chance to build a good total.

They made a steady start, reaching 40-1 after the first 11 overs. They made a series of 32-run partnerships as opening bat Brian Hall made his way to a half century.

Lewis Hicks made a score of 24 before he was bowled by Andrew Pawlett but when Shaun Whitfield was caught by Peter Bradshaw off the bowling of Jonathan Pawlett, the visitors had slipped to 92-4.

Hall and James Hinchcliffe then shared a stand worth 45 runs for the fifth wicket as they looked to accelerate the score.

Hinchcliffe was caught off the bowling of Andrew Pawlett on a score of 19. Hall was joined by Luke Hicks and the pair shared another good stand.

Hall reached his half century but was then caught by Andrew Pawlett off the bowling of Brennan Devonald on a score of 52, leaving Carew on 176-6.

Hicks then took over as he thumped three sixes in a score of 35 but he was then run out.

Iori Hicks and Ceri Brace both finished unbeaten with a six to their name as Tish were set 202 to win the game.

However, their reply did not get off to the best of starts as they lost three wickets in quick succession, all to the bowling of Rhys Davies, leaving them on 15-3.

They faced an uphill task from then on but Harry Nicholas and Brennan Devonald did their best to get their side back in the contest.

They shared 46 for the fourth wicket but then saw Devonald caught off the bowling of Whitfield on a score of 41.

Tish were not out of the game though as Nicholas was joined by Jonathan Pawlett and the pair shared 63 runs for the fifth wicket.

Nicholas reached his half century but was then out on a score of 51 and Pawlett was out to Iori Hicks on a score of 37.

Hicks then took over matters as he picked up four further wickets, including two ducks, to finish with figures of 5-15.

It meant that Tish were bowled out for 154.

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