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All Blacks earn sweet revenge

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NEYLAND made it through to the third round of the WRU National Bowl on Saturday (Oct 6) as they thumped Cefneithin 61-24 at the Athletic Ground.

The two sides met at the same stage just over a year ago and on that occasion it was the Carmarthenshire side who went through with a 25-3 win.

However, Neyland were in no mood for a repeat of that and it wasn’t long before they took the lead as Luke Griffiths-Dawes grabbed the opening try of the game which was then converted by Dillen McGaffin.

Alex Codd then went over for the second All Blacks try and McGaffin was on target once more to give the home side a 14-0 lead.

Cefneithin looked to bring themselves back in the game and after some good pressure, Jon Owen touched down but the conversion was missed.

Patrick Bellerby then got his first try of the afternoon as he took hold of the ball before crossing the whitewash. McGaffin then added the extras.

Codd then grabbed his second try following an excellent move and McGaffin was successful with his fourth conversion attempt.

It was 28-5 to the home side at the break but Cefneithin were not about to lie down and they did their best to keep the score down when play restarted.

However they were powerless to resist as Henry McBeth skipped a couple of tackles before touching down. McGaffin continued where he had left off with another conversion and Neyland held a 35-5 lead.

Neyland then had a man sent to the bin and worse was to follow as the referee awarded a penalty try for the visitors.

Dion Lewis then grabbed the Carmarthenshire side’s third try which was converted by Sion Lewis and suddenly, they were back in it with the score 35-19.

However, Neyland then turned on the style with a series of quick tries. First it was Codd who went over for his hat trick and George Evans, taking over kicking duties, converted.

McBeth scored his second try soon after but this time Evans was unable to add the extras.

They weren’t finished there as Bellerby went over once more and Evans’ conversion went through with a little help from the posts.

Matthew Green then touched over in the corner to score Cefneithin’s fourth try but the conversion was wide.

A yellow card for Neyland did not result in any further scores for the visitors as Neyland went in search of another try.

Having worked the ball to the left it was played to the right for Patrick Bellerby who dived over to score and Evans sent the conversion through the posts to make it 61-24.

It was another excellent win for Neyland and they now have a week off before their next fixture on Saturday (Oct 20), away to Llangwm.

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Johnston earn first win

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JOHNSTON secured their first win of the season on Saturday (Aug 10) as they beat Carew seconds by 68 runs.

It brings an end to a long wait for Johnston who went nearly two seasons without victory.

On Saturday they batted first against Carew scoring a good total of 210-9 in their innings.

Gino Cleal top scored for Johnston with 76 runs and there was also a good knock of 44 from Steve James.

Josh Hicks also scored 19 runs as the visitors looked to set a challenging target for their hosts.

For Carew, Rob Hicks was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with figures of 4-22 while Rhys Canton also bowled well for his figures of 2-37.

In reply, Carew’s Yori Hicks scored 62 and Alex Wilkes added 28 but Johnston were not to be denied on this occasion.

Nick Davies was in fine form with the ball taking seven wickets fore the loss of 41 runs. Mark Hicks also took two wickets for Johnston.

They bowled Carew out for 142 and the win also lifts them off the bottom of the table.

Having sealed their first win of the season they will go again on Saturday (Aug 17), when they travel to second placed Narberth.

Carew seconds will look to get back to winning ways when they take on Cresselly Seconds.

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Athletic play Vikings in Joe Lennon final

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MILFORD Athletic will play Hakin United in the Joe Lennon Cup Final on Saturday (Aug 17) after both sides won their respective semi-finals.

Milford Athletic played on Monday (Aug 12) and they beat Herbrandston on penalties after the game finished 1-1 after 90 minutes.

Hakin played their game on Tuesday (Aug 13) and they overcame Milford United, again by the method of penalties.

On Monday, Division 3 side Athletic took the lead in the first half when Gareth Quirk’s free kick went in despite the Herbie keeper managing to get a hand on the ball.

Keeper Owen Thomas then made a couple of good saves to keep Herbie in the game.

They finished the second half strongly and were rewarded when Marc Boswell’s free kick flew into the net to make it 1-1.

Both sides had further chances but neither could find a winner which meant penalties would be needed to separate the sides.

Athletic keeper Jonathan Pawlett saved McCauley Marshallsay’s spot kick before Callum English fired over to send the Athletic through.

For them, Quirk, Haydn Dimond, Liam Clarke and John Lydon were all on target from the spot.

Tuesday’s sem-final followed a similar story as Scott Reid opened the scoring for the Vikings with a fine strike, only for Milford United to level matters.

Lewys Tee’s goal brought them level at the break to make it 1-1 and that was how it stayed until the final whistle.

Reid came close when a cross was fumbled into his path by the United keeper but he poked the ball wide.

The Vikings also brought on Nicky Woodrow as they went in search of a winner but penalties would again be needed to separate the two sides.

With the score level at 3-3 in the shootout, Joel Codd sent his penalty wide for Milford leaving the hosts with a chance to go through.

Leon Luby kept his nerve to give the Vikings a 4-3 shootout win to send them to the final.

The final will take place on Saturday (Aug 17) at the Obs and kicks off at 2pm.

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Cresselly stun Town

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CRESSELLY’s Dan Sutton scored an unbeaten century to help his side to a ten-wicket win over Haverfordwest on Saturday (Aug 10).

Town batted first on winning the toss and made a good total of 208-2 from their 45 overs.

Simon Holliday and Danny Potter shared 43 runs for the first wicket before Potter was bowled by Ryan Lewis on a score of 23.

Holliday and Dai Davies shared another 99 runs for the second wicket as they continued to put runs on the board.

Davies hit five fours and a six in his score of 47 but he was then caught by Mike Venables off the bowling of Tom Arthur.

Holliday and Ben Field then shared another 66 runs to take Town to their total.

Field finished unbeaten on 38 having hit two fours and a six while Holliday hit five fours and five sixes as he finished not out on 94.

Dan Sutton and Phil Williams began Cresselly’s reply and they were untroubled by Town’s bowling attack.

Williams hit eight fours as he finished unbeaten on 65 but Sutton was the star of the show.

He smashed fifteen fours and five sixes to finish not out on 135 from 122 balls to help Cresselly to their target with time to spare.

The win for Cresselly sees them close the gap to third place Carew to 11 points with the two sides set to play each other on Saturday (Aug 17).

Town will look to bounce back but they face a tough test against newly-crowned Champions Neyland.

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