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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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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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