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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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Bush qualifies for Paralympic games

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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

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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

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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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