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Williams’ double sees off Seasiders

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HAVERFORDWEST County put in another excellent pre-season display as they beat a youthful Aberystwyth Town side 2-1 at the Bridge Meadow on Saturday (Jul 28).

The Bluebirds beat Goodwick United 7-1 in their last outing but came up against tougher Welsh Premier League opponents.

That did not faze them as the Bluebirds started the game well and they could have gone ahead after fifteen minutes but Tim Hicks saw his effort cleared off the line.

Ricky Watts also came close for the home side but the former Seasiders was denied by a good save from Aber keeper Alex Pennock.

Harri Rowe and Tom Evans both looked dangerous on the wings for Aber as they linked up well with Geoff Kellaway and Nashawn Blake.

It was the Bluebirds though who took the lead on the half hour mark as another former Seasider Elliot Scotcher saw his strong shot saved, but only into the path of Danny Williams who tapped in the rebound to make it 1-0.

Scotcher again came close to scoring against his old side as he saw his free kick bounce out off the crossbar.

It remained 1-0 to the home side when the half time whistle went but Aber started the second half well.

They were eventually rewarded for their good start as Lee Jenkins’ shot towards goal was deflected in by Geoff Kellaway to level the game at 1-1.

However, the Bluebirds were soon back in front as Williams played a one-two with Martin Carrol before firing a fantastic strike into the top corner of the net.

Steff Williams was denied by the offside flag late on as the home side went in search of a third goal but the whistle was blown on another excellent pre-season performance for the Bluebirds.

Tomorrow night (Aug 1), the Bluebirds are away as they take on Pontardawe in another friendly while on Saturday (Aug 4), they are also away as they take on Swansea University.

The Welsh League season gets underway the following Saturday (Aug 11) as the Bluebirds welcome Llantwit Major to the Bridge Meadow.

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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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