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Lawrenny through to Harrison Allen Final

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LAWRENNY are the first team into the final of this year’s Harrison Allen Bowl after they beat Llangwm on Tuesday night (Jul 10).

The game was played at Kilgetty and a large crowd gathered to watch the game.

Lawrenny have not been in the final since they won it last in 2001 and they now await the winners of the tie between Cresselly and Narberth, who play tomorrow (Jul 12).

Llangwm batted first after winning the toss but they soon found themselves struggling as some good Lawrenny saw them keep the score down to 17-1 after five overs.

The wicket to fall was that of Phil Llewelyn who scored 11 before being caught off the bowling of Rob Williams.

Will Beresford scored 13 but he was also out to the bowling of Williams and soon after Matthew Kiff was bowled by Jamie Lewis leaving Llangwm on 26-3.

Williams then took his third wicket as he had Noah Davies caught and Chris Inward only scored three before falling to the bowling of Ryan Morton.

Joe Kiff ensured the scoreboard kept ticking over with a score of 26 but he was then caught and bowled by Brad McDermott Jenkins.

That left Llangwm on 75-6 and although McDermott-Jenkins picked up the wicket of Richard Brock, scores of 17 not out from Ollie Davies and 20 from Luke Brock took Llangwm to a total of 126-7 from their 22 overs.

Lawrenny then lost McDermott-Jenkins early in their reply for a score of 7 when he was caught and bowled by Noah Davies.

Despite that, a stand of 79 between Simon Cole and James Phillips swung the game in their favour.

That partnership was brought to an end when Cole was bowled by Chris Inward for a score of 44.

Phillips had made 43 but he was then bowled by Phil Llewelyn as Llangwm hit back. Llewelyn then trapped Matthew Lewis leg before for a duck as Lawrenny slipped to 104-4.

Llangwm were unable to take any further wickets as scores of 11 and 10 not out from Patrick Elliot and Joe Kidney saw Lawrenny to victory.

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Collins’ stunner earns win for Veterans

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A STUNNING strike from Hakin left back Adam Collins ensured that the Veteran Vikings earned maximum points and remain top of the Welsh Veterans League after a hard fought 4-3 win at home to Coedeva Athletic last Sunday (Feb 17).

However, on a very windy day, the Vikings found themselves behind early on as Gareth Hinwood scored from the penalty spot.

Hakin were soon level though, when Stuart MacDonald set up Matthew Price to score from close range.

Richard Nash gave Hakin the lead scoring via a deflection and Paul Andrews levelled matters for Coedeva before the break, as his shot from distance also took a deflection.

Early in the second half, Michael McCarthy beat the Coedeva keeper to a ball to make it 3-2 from close range and almost immediately, Coedeva were level after another Gareth Hinwood penalty.

Inside the final quarter, a stunning left footed strike from Adam Collins found the top corner from distance to give Hakin the win.

Hakin next play on Sunday, March 3, at home to Swansea University in the semi-final of the Welsh Veterans Cup.

Hakin United: Jason Morgan, Nigel Armstrong, Richard Bland, Nigel Delaney, Adam Collins, Shaun Mills, Richard Nash, Stuart MacDonald, Michael McCarthy, Matthew Price, Leighton Edwards. Subs: Leigh Walters, Simon Rocke, Jamie Phillips, Gary Dawes.

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Saints do the double

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ST CLEARS completed the double over Neyland as they earned a 4-0 win on Saturday (Feb 16).

The Saints, who were forced into a re-shuffle at the back and without one of their midfielders, had beaten them 5-2 at home the previous week and Neyland would have been looking for some revenge.

However, it was the Saints who started strongly and took a deserved lead from a short corner. Jonny Thomas found Steve Thomas unmarked in the box and he headed home.

Both teams had chances to score but Saints keeper James Dickson made a few good saves to keep their 1-0 lead in tact.

The visitors eventually got the second goal of the game following good individual play by Will Evans.

Evans then added his second directly from a free kick to make it 3-0. They then rounded off a good day as Sean Seymour Davies latched onto a long ball to score and make it 4-0.

On Saturday (Feb 23), Neyland are away to Goodwick while St Clears welcome Merlins Bridge.

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Jones’ late drop goal earns win for Blues

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HAVERFORDWEST moved up to second place in League 3 West A on Saturday (Feb 16), as they beat Neyland with a late drop goal.

It was a tight game with both sides battling well but it was the Blues who went ahead early on as Craig Barnett scored a penalty.

Barnett then scored another soon after to put the visitors into a 0-6 lead and it remained that way until the half time whistle.

Early in the second half Neyland were back in it as they scored a penalty to make the score 3-6.

Mark Riley then put Neyland ahead as he was credited with a pushover try but the conversion was missed and the All Blacks led by two points.

Haverfordwest pushed on looking for a winning score and when a try wasn’t forthcoming the ball was sent back to Mikey Jones who kept calm to send a drop goal through the posts.

That put the Blues one point ahead at 8-9 and there was little time for the home side to respond.

The All Blacks do pick up the consolation of a losing bonus point but that will not do much to lift their spirits after they were dropped to fourth in the table following other results.

The Blues now sit second with Aberaeron breathing down their necks having played three games less.

There is no game on Saturday (Feb 23), as Wales take on England at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

The sides return to action on Saturday, March 2, when Haverfordwest host Llanybydder and Neyland host St Davids.

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