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Whitland too good for Neyland

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WHITLAND are through to the quarter finals of the Alec Colley Cup after they beat Neyland on Tuesday (Jun 12).

Whitland won the toss and batted first on a beautiful evening at the Athletic Ground in Neyland and they made a good score of 175-4 from their twenty overs.

Steffan James and David Lee shared an opening stand of 57 before Lee was caught by Callum Power off the bowling of Jamie Smith for a score of 24.

Gethin Scourfield followed soon after when he was caught by Stephen Murray off the bowling of Kieran Arran.

James and Iestyn Scourfield then shared 33 runs for the third wicket but Scourfield was out for a score of 10 when he was stumped by Murray off the bowling of George Evans.

Martin Thomas was also run out but that was the last wicket to fall as James and Wayne Howells smashed Whitland to their total.

Howells hit two late sixes in a score of 15 not out but the innings belonged to James who hit ten fours and five sixes in a knock of 110 not out.

Neyland lost both openers early in their reply as Callum Power was caught by James off the bowling of Howells and George Evans was caught by David Lee off the bowling of Ben Harvey.

Paul Miller hit a four and a six in a quick-fire 10 but he was also caught by Lee off the bowling of Howells and that left Neyland on 30-3.

Scott Jones and Stephen Murray did their best to try and get Neyland going again and the pair shared a stand of 52 runs for the fourth wicket.

Murray played some excellent shots, splitting the fielders with two excellent fours and a six as Neyland reached 63-3 off ten overs.

Their partnership was eventually broken when Murray was caught on the boundary by Lee off the bowling of Conor Bowen for a score of 45.

Jones and Gavin Rowland shared 24 runs for the next wicket but Neyland were quickly running out of time as they only brought up their 100 in the fifteenth over.

Jones hit six fours in his knock of 32 but he was then bowled by Iestyn Scourfield. Rowland was then bowled by Bowen for a score of 11 as Neyland began to realise that the game had slipped away from them.

Jamie Smith and Tom Pritchard took Neyland to 124-6 in their innings but they were well beaten on the night by their opponents.

Carew are also through after they beat Llanrhian. Llanrhian reached 103-9 in their innings before scores of 40 from Robbie Hicks and 49 not out from Scott Richards saw Carew to victory.

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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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