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Cresselly lead as Neyland beaten again

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CRESSELLY are the new leaders of Division 1 of the Pembrokeshire League as they beat Kilgetty while Neyland suffered defeat against Whitland on Saturday (Jun 9).

Neyland made the trip to Whitland following the previous week’s defeat to Lawrenny and they struggled again as they only reached 145-7 in their innings.

Paul Murray scored 45 and Patrick Bellerby added 21 but they were unable to go on and make bigger scorers.

Wayne Howells took 3 for 34 and Mathew Davies 3 for 35 for Whitland.

Dylan Blain, who scored well against Cresselly the previous week, did so again as he scored 56 in Whitland’s reply.

Geraint Jones was out for 24 but Steff James hit four fours and a six to help Whitland to victory.

Cresselly made a big total of 271-6 in their innings as Adam Chandler scored 64, Iwan Izzard scored 53 and Dan Sutton added 51.

Liam Cullen took four wickets for Kilgetty who were all out for 203 in reply. Cullen scored 44 and Kyle Marsh added 33 while Kurtis Marsh top scored with 67.

Haverfordwest moved into second place as they beat Llangwm in a high scoring game at Pill Parks.

Llangwm batted first and made a good total of 234 in their innings with Richard Brock top scoring on 88 while there were scores in the twenties from James Venables, Matthew Kiff and Ewan Griffiths.

Town’s Johnnie White was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets while Simon Holliday took three wickets.

In reply, Holliday made another match-winning contribution as he scored 92 runs, well supported by Lee Summons who added 32.

Ollie Davies did take four wickets for the home side but his efforts proved in vain as Town won by four wickets.

Out: One of Johnston’s batters is bowled

Burton earned a second win of the season as they beat Johnston by nine wickets. Johnston were all out for 76 with only Hasiz Farooq making a real contribution with a knock of 34.

Johnnie Scale did the damage for Burton with six wickets as Johnston were dismissed cheaply.

In reply, despite losing one wicket, Burton were never really troubled and a score of 54 not out from Richard Jones guided the home side to victory.

Lawrenny earned a narrow one wicket win over St Ishmaels thanks to Joe Kidney who finished not out on 31.

Tish earlier made 195 thanks to Peter Bradshaw scoring 73 and Brennan Devonald finishing not out on 29.

In reply, Lawrenny lost wickets at regular intervals with Harry Thomas scoring 35.

Two late wickets saw Lawrenny reduced to 195-9 and one more wicket would have seen the game tied but Kidney held his nerve to help Lawrenny over the line.

On Saturday (Jun 16), new leaders Cresselly are on their travels as they take on Lawrenny.

Second placed Haverfordwest take on third placed Neyland in what could prove to be a crucial game in the title race.

Elsewhere, Johnston are at home to Llangwm, Kilgetty take on Whitland and St Ishmaels are at home to Burton.

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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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