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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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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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