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Pembrokeshire League: Division 1 Round up

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Christopher brothers sink Swifts

CAREW’s Sam and Jack Christopher scored three goals between them as they helped their side get the 2018/19 season off to a winning start on Tuesday (Aug 21).

The Rooks went 1-0 up early on when Alex Bayley flicked the ball on for Jack Christopher who headed home.

Brother Sam then got his first goal of the game as he smashed the ball into the net to double Carew’s lead.

Carew added a third as Bayley’s shot was blocked but only into the path of Sam who tapped in.

Jordan Richards completed a comfortable opening night when he beat a couple of players before smashing in from close range.

Bridge earn big win

MERLINS Bridge went to the top of Division 1 on Tuesday as they beat Herbrandston 8-2 at the Racecourse.

Joe Leahy scored four of the Wizard’s goals with Will Haworth and Nathan Greene also bagging a brace.

Andrew Matthias and Andre Algeri scored for Herbrandston but they turned out to be consolation efforts.

Griffiths and Delaney give Goodwick perfect start

GOODWICK United got their season up and running with an excellent 5-1 win away to Clarbeston Road.

Last season’s top scorer Jordan Griffiths continued where he had left off as he scored a hat trick.

Scott Delaney also scored twice for Goodwick while Jason Griffiths picked up a consolation effort for Clarby.

Saundersfoot win on league return

SAUNDERSFOOT returned to Division 1 in style as they beat Lamphey 3-1 on Tuesday night.

George Taylor, Nick Cope and Richard Cope all scored for Saundersfoot who put in an excellent display.

Lewis Haines grabbed Lamphey’s only goal of the game.

Adams at the double for Robins

BEN Adams scored twice for Pennar Robins as they got their season off to a winning start as they beat Neyland 3-0 at Bush Camp.

Adam scored the first after seventeen minutes and it remained 1-0 until half time.

Both sides had chances to score but it was Sam Southcott who made the points safe for Pennar with his goal five minutes from the end.

Adams then added the finishing touches on a great first win for the Robins.

Saints settle for a point

ST Clears had to settle for a point on their return to Division 1 as Narberth came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw.

Danny Peters put the home side ahead in the first half before Jon Seeley doubled the Saints’ lead.

Kyle Quartermaine and Dafydd Wright both scored for Narberth in the second half to level the game at 2-2.

Neither side were able to find a winner as both settled for a draw in their first game of the season.

The season continues next Tuesday (Aug 28), with Hakin United travelling to Herbrandston and Goodwick United playing Merlins Bridge.

Milford United host Pennar Robins and Neyland are at home as they take on Monkton Swifts.

Carew play Lamphey and Narberth are at home to Clarbeston while the two promoted sides will also battle it out as Saundersfoot host St Clears.

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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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Bluebirds through in thriller

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HAVERFORDWEST County scored late on to seal their progress into round three of the JD Welsh Cup on Saturday (Nov 10) as they beat Swansea University 4-3 at the Bridge Meadow.

A good crowd gathered for the game and they witnessed a thriller as the Bluebirds went two goals up only for Swansea to peg them back to 2-2 before half time.

Sean Pemberton grabbed the winning goal late on and the home side will now look forward to their third round tie.

The home side looked to take an early advantage and they made the breakthrough after ten minutes when Lee Trundle played an excellent ball into the middle for Ben Fawcett who fired into the bottom left corner.

Nine minutes later it was 2-0 the ball was played through for Trundle who ran onto it and fired in to the bottom left from the penalty spot.

It looked as if the Bluebirds might go in at half time with the lead but Swansea were soon back into it with ten minutes to go.

The Uni side won a corner and after it wasn’t cleared properly the ball fell to Declan McAde who rifled the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box.

They weren’t done there and three minutes later the ball was played into the box and was touched in by the unfortunate Tim Hicks with the Uni’s Levi Houapeu in close proximity.

There was still time for more first half drama and it came a minute later when Trundle again played the ball through for Fawcett who scored his second of the game.

The Students were then given a penalty after Houapeu was fouled but keeper Steve Hall made an excellent save to keep the score at 3-2.

Hall was called upon in the second half to keep his side ahead with more good saves while at the other end Danny Williams came close to scoring.

With ten minutes to go the Students brought themselves back level as Houapeu put the ball in the net and all of a sudden an upset was on the cards.

It looked as if extra time would be needed but two minutes from the end Jack Wilson threw the ball into the box for Sean Pemberton who drove the ball in.

The Bluebirds saw the game out and the whistle brought an end to a thrilling cup tie.

The draw for Round three was made on Monday (Nov 12), and the Bluebirds were drawn at home against fellow Welsh League Division 1 side Pontypridd Town.

Before that they will return to action in Division 1 on Saturday (Nov 17) as they travel to fourth placed Cwmbran Celtic.

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