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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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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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