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Tigers roar to beat Tenby on penalties



Newport 2-2 Tenby

Newport won 4-3 on penalties

NEWPORT tigers progressed to the final of the Division 5 cup after twice coming from behind to force a penalty shoot-out against league leaders Tenby United on Saturday (Feb 9).

In wet and windy conditions at Bush Camp, Pennar, there was little to separate the teams with a few tasty challenges coming in from both sides.

However, Tenby broke the deadlock on the stroke of half time, Billy Lawrence smashing home the loose ball after a swift counter caught Newport napping.

Billy Lawrence: Had given Tenby the lead in the first half

With the wind behind them in the second half, The Tigers upped the ante with several early corners, and the pressure told as Tenby gifted an equalizer after foul play, Joe Rafati-Barham slotting home from the spot.

In an evenly matched game, both teams showed nerves in front of goal with the game petering out in to a draw after normal time.

However, in extra time it was the Seasiders who again resumed control with a breakaway goal, Jacob Hipkiss tapping in from close range after the ball was parried into his path.

Yet, Newport again fought their way back into the game after the turnaround. With some sustained pressure, the equaliser came when a low cross from winger Rhys James found Rafati-Barham who lashed home emphatically from 8 yards.

Tenby finished the game with 10 men after another rash challenge forced Chris Stapleton’s hand, but it was of little consequence as the game went to penalties.

Despite missing their first spot-kick the Tigers held their nerve with Joe Thomas, Sion James, Emyr Davies and Adam Lewis all finding the net and Keeper Kevin Salmon making a great save to seal a 4-3 win.

After a hard fought game the Tigers head to the final, where they face Carew Thirds on Friday, February 22, 7pm kick off at Bridge Meadow.

Newport: Geno Cleal (Capt), Kevin Salmon, Matthew Evans, Will Benham, Jonny Shevlin, Dan Innes, Matthew Williams, Sion James, Joe Thomas, Adam Lewis, Joe Rafati-Batham, Rhys James, Emyr Davies, Jamie Holmes.

Newport Tigers are sponsored by The Golden Lion & Llwyngwair Arms


Bush qualifies for Paralympic games



PEMBROKESHIRE’s Para-taekwondo star Matt Bush has qualified for the Tokyo Paralympic games this summer.

At the European Paralympic Qualification tournament, Bush, who is the current world champion, beat Hungary’s Zoltan Kiss 29-1 in the +75kg final.

Para-taekwondo will make its debut at this summer’s Paralympics with the competition set to take place from September 2-4.

Bush, from St Clears, became Britain’s first ever world champion in the sport in 2019 began his latest tournament in fine style, seeing off Roman Ivaniuk of Ukraine 38-2 in the semi-final.

Matt told BBC Sport that it felt ‘so good’ to have secured his spot in the team.

The heavyweight athlete has made quite the mark on the mats. He has medalled at the Korean Open, Oceania Para Taekwondo Championships and the Pan America Para Taekwondo Open.

The GB team for Tokyo will be officially announced later this summer.

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Lawrenny through in Village Cup



LAWRENNY are through to the next round of the Village Cup after they beat Llandysul on Sunday (May 9).

Both teams were rained off the previous day but some good work meant that the game was able to go ahead.

Llandysul batted first but were bowled out for 82 in 26.3 overs as Jamie Lewis took five wickets for the visitors.

He went on to finish with figures of 5-22 from his seven overs while the home side’s top scorer was captain Llew Hughes who made a score of 20.

Lawrenny did not have it all their own way in their reply as Rhys Jones bowled well to finish with figures of 3-10.

However, an excellent knock of 52 from Harry Thomas steered Lawrenny to their target inside the 24th over.

Elsewhere, Carew’s game away at Drefach was called off while Cresselly had already received a bye to the next round.

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Lawrenny earn big win over Whitland



LAWRENNY got their 2021 season off to the perfect start on Saturday (May 1) as they beat Whitland by 189 runs.

Whitland won the toss and elected to field but they could only watch as the home side piled on the runs before being bowled out for 264.

Kyle Marsh top scored with a score of 81 while Kurtis Mars also scored 45.

Tom Cole added 32 and James Phillips chipped in with a score of 29 as they batted well.

Wayne Howells and Jonathan Thomas finished with identical figures of 2-27 as Whitland’s bowling did at least keep the score below 300.

Whitland knew they would need to bat well to knock off the runs needed but came up against Ryan Morton who took four wickets for the loss of 17 runs.

Kurtis Marsh also claimed two wickets without conceding any runs as the visitors chances got smaller and smaller.

Geraint Jones did score 30 for Whitland but that was as good as it got as they were bowled out for just 75.

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