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Milford earn vital win

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MILFORD United are now just five points from safety after they came from behind to beat relegation rivals Saundersfoot 2-1 at Marble Hall on Saturday (Feb 23).

It was a game in which Milford were desperate for the win but it got off to a disastrous start as a 25-yard free kick, powerfully struck by Corey Hill, beat Robins keeper Jack Nicholas after an awkward bounce.

The home side could have been two down just minutes later as Jeff Marsh fired wide.

Milford then settled into the game and started playing some excellent football.

Ashley Mathias and Garin Gardner were prominent on the ball and asking questions of the Saundersfoot defence.

On the half hour mark the home side were deservedly level after some nice play by Harry Nicholas and Gardner set Liam Parr away on the left hand side and he surged into the box and played a perfectly weighted pass for Lewys Tee who made no mistake at the back post.

Tee then forced a top save out of Saundersfoot goalkeeper Sam Franklin.

It remained level until half time but early in the second half, Saundersfoot were determined to try and re-take the lead as they forced some smart saves out of keeper Nicholas.

As the game wore on Milford became more dangerous on the counter and they finally took the lead with ten minutes to go.

Morgan Picton’s fierce shot struck the bar and bounce down to Parr who pounced to head the ball home at the second attempt.

The game ended on a sour note as Saundersfoot midfielder Nick Cope picked up a red card after an altercation with the referee Gareth Elliot.

The Robins held on for a valuable three points which moves them nine points clear of bottom side Herbrandston, but, more importantly, just five points behind third from bottom Saundersfoot.

On Saturday (Mar 2), Saundersfoot are not in action while Milford face the side just three places above them as they travel to Narberth for another crucial game.

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Division 3: Three-horse race

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THE Division 3 title race and promotion will be decided on Saturday (Aug 24) with three teams all still in the hunt.

Last week, Llanrhian, who had been top prior to their game, saw their match at Llangwm Seconds called off after they claimed their pitch was wet.

Herbrandston then beat Lamphey to move top of Division 3 while the Stags picked up enough points to knock Llanrhian down to third.

Going into the final round of games, Herbrandston are 19 points ahead of Lamphey and 22 points above Llanrhian.

Herbie face a trip to Narberth Seconds knowing a win will see them crowned Champions while a draw would also be enough.

A defeat could allow Lamphey in to be crowned Champions but that would also rely on Herbie not picking up more than 11 points.

Lamphey face fourth placed Laugharne in what is likely to be a tough game for both sides.

Llanrhian still have an outside chance of claiming the title but they would need to rely on Herbie and Lamphey losing their games.

Llanrhian will look to put last week’s disappointment behind them as they host Stackpole.

A win for Llanrhian coupled with a Lamphey defeat or draw could still see them promoted.

Elsewhere, the bottom four sides play each other with one final relegation place to be decided.

Whitland seconds currently sit second from bottom and they travel to fourth from bottom Haverfordwest thirds.

A win for Whitland could move them above Town and if Llangwm also won that could see Town drop down a Division.

Llangwm seconds take on already relegated Lawrenny seconds. Llangwm sit eight points above Whitland and know anything other than a win could let Whitland go above them.

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Division 2: Narberth and Llechryd face off for title

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LLECHRYD will host Narberth on Saturday (Aug 24) with the winners being crowned champions of Division 2.

Both will be playing their cricket in Division 1 next season but the destination of the title will be decided on Saturday.

Going into the game, Llechryd sit top of the Division, 17 points ahead of Narberth. A home win will see Llechryd crowned champions but should Narberth take the win it will be they who go up as champions.

When the two teams met earlier in the season it was Narberth who came out on top with a seven wicket win.

With promotion and relegation decided there is little for the others to play for but some can still improve their final positions.

Pembroke sit third and on Saturday they are away to Kilgetty knowing if they slip up, Hook could claim third place if they beat Carew Seconds.

Relegated sides Johnston and Cresselly seconds will play each other at Glebelands with the winners earning their second win of the season.

Pembroke Dock also take on Haverfordwest seconds and a win for Town in that game will see them jump above the Dock.

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New Solva kit to continue Luke’s Stand Up To Cancer message

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THE family of inspirational cancer fundraising campaigner Luke Harding has donated a new kit to Solva AFC in his memory, which features four words that perfectly sum up the way he battled the illness – Stand Up To Cancer.

Luke, who played for Solva for around a decade, raised more than £30,000 for Withybush Hospital’s Ward 10 and local charities following his diagnosis with stage four lung cancer in 2016.

Medi George, Secretary of Solva AFC said: “Luke played football with the same dedication and energy with which he battled cancer and it is an honour for our club to be able to continue his message in this way.

“We are extremely grateful to Alex, Peter and the Harding family for this kind gesture and it is fitting that our players were able to wear the kit for the first time in the final of the first annual Luke Harding Memorial Cup.”

The kit was unveiled at Fishguard Sports’ ground before the final of the competition, with Goodwick United 2nds running out eventual 3-1 winners against Solva 2nds. The tournament also included Fishguard Sports and Letterston, which Luke also represented.

Ruth Amies, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for Wales, said: “We are extremely grateful to Luke’s family and to Solva AFC for supporting Stand Up To Cancer which funds life-saving research in Wales and across the UK. The new kit is a wonderful tribute to Luke who fundraised tirelessly throughout his diagnosis and we are thrilled the players wore the new kit for the first time this week.”

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