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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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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LAMPHEY Football Club has announced that they have withdrawn their team from the Pembrokeshire Football League.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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