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Bluebirds too good for Ammanford

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HAVERFORDWEST County closed the gap to Welsh League Division 1 leaders Penybont to just one point as they beat Ammanford 4-0 at the Bridge Meadow on Friday night (Oct 5).

A good crowd gathered to watch the game and they witnessed a slow start as both teams looked to gain the upper hand.

Both sides had early corners which came to nothing before the first real chance on seven minutes which saw Danny William flash the ball across the face of goal, just out of reach of the oncoming attackers.

Antonio Facciuto then also saw a shot saved by Ammanford keeper Craig Morris.

With seventeen minutes gone the Bluebirds took the lead as Ricky Watts cut inside in the box before crossing to the back post for Ben Fawcett who fired the ball into the back of the net.

Matthew Fisher then came close for Ammanford with a stinging shot that flew just wide of the left hand post.

Haverfordwest then won a series of corners but were unable to add to their lead.

From an Ammanford corner on the half hour mark the ball was not fully cleared and it came to Liam Samuel on the left hand edge of the box and his low effort bounced out off the base of the post and the danger was cleared.

Lee Trundle then curled an effort straight at Ammanford keeper Morris before Fawcett came within inches of doubling the Bluebird’s lead.

Trundle played the ball through for Fawcett to run on to and his effort was tipped wide into the side netting.

Danny Williams then beat the offside trap and with Ammanford still calling for offside he ran to the edge of the box before crossing to the back post for Trundle but his shot was pushed over the bar.

It remained 1-0 when the half time whistle went and Ammanford still had a chance of getting themselves back into the game.

The Bluebirds saw an effort go wide at the start of the second half before they did eventually double their lead ten minutes in.

Trundle chested the ball down for Danny Williams who fired low into the corner.

Both sides had further chances but it was the home side who got the third goal when Trundle smashed the ball home from the edge of the box to all but seal the points with fifteen minutes to go.

Danny Williams then grabbed his second goal of the game with five minutes to go to make it 4-0.

Haverfordwest will be boosted by their win and their next game on Saturday (Oct 13) sees them travel to league leaders Penybont in what should be an excellent game.

Ammanford will look to get back to winning ways in their next game when they take on Llantwit Major.

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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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