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Wizards sink Swifts to set up Carew final

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MERLINS Bridge set up a Senior Cup Final date with Carew as they beat Monkton Swifts 3-0 at the Bridge Meadow on Tuesday night (Mar 19).

Both sides named strong line-ups for the game, determined to make it into the final, but it was the Bridge who proved the stronger as they exacted revenge for a 5-1 league defeat to the Swifts earlier in the season.

A good crowd gathered to watch the game despite persistent light rain throughout the evening.

A minutes silence was also held prior to kick off in respect of former Merlins Bridge player Denzil (Tally) John, who sadly passed away.

The Wizards had previously beaten Monkton 3-0 in the West Wales Cup and from the first whistle it was clear that they were in a confident mood.

Adam Hawkins and Nathan Greene linked up well but when Greene was tackled the ball fell to Laurie Haworth whose shot was saved.

Hawkins then saw a shot saved after he had been put through and he then played a one-two with Jordan Thomas whose shot hit the post.

Monkton then had their first chance as James Russell won a 50-50 but he saw his shot blocked wide for a corner.

All that action came in the first five minutes and it set the tone for the rest of the game with both sides coming close to opening the scoring.

The Bridge then came close again when Dai Davies sent Greene through but he flashed his shot across goal and wide.

With half an hour gone Russell came forward but dwelt on the ball too long leaving Dylan Davies and Ben Steele frustrated after both made good runs.

Blake James then saw a cross go straight into the arms of Bridge keeper Gary Thomas who then also saved Davies’ deflected shot.

With seven minutes to go until half time, the Wizards took the lead as Laurie Haworth turned excellently in the left corner and ran into the box before crossing for Hawkins who fired in to the roof of the net.

Five minutes later they doubled their lead as Ashley Beck played the ball through for Haworth who poked the ball past Swifts keeper Michael Murray to make it 2-0.

Monkton looked to respond but a corner on the stroke of half time from Chris Richards went out over the bar.

It left the Division 1 leaders with a mountain to climb in the second half and they knew they would need an early goal if they were to get back into the game.

Ten minutes in the Wizards had the first real chance of the half as Haworth won the ball and crossed for Beck but he shot wide.

On the hour mark Monkton won a free kick on the edge of the D but Steele’s free kick bounced back off the wall.

The Bridge won a series of corners which came to nothing and when Monkton looked to break off one, Hawkins made a desperate lunge to try and stop the attack. He was booked for his challenge which may have done more harm than good as he was then replaced by Will Haworth.

With twenty minutes to go sub Ryan Griffiths crossed into the box but Russell’s looping header was comfortably claimed by Thomas.

Moments later it should have been 3-0 as a slip allowed Greene in but he fluffed his lines and scuffed his shot wide.

The Swifts continued to look for a way back into the game and when Steele went down in the box he was adamant he had been pushed but referee Angus Scourfield waved away his prolonged protests.

Davies then saw a shot saved and then came perhaps their best chance of getting back into the game as a good move found Richards but Davies could only head wide from his cross.

They were soon made to pay for their missed chances as Laurie Haworth found Greene in the box who knocked in to all but seal the win.

Greene and Matthew D’Ivry were then taken off in a double change, perhaps with one eye on the West Wales Cup semi-final with Hakin next week.

The game had been won but Monkton’s Josh Richards, who had only came on in the second half, let his frustrations get the better of him late on as he overstepped the mark and saw red for his language.

Merlins Bridge saw the game out and will now look forward to the final with Carew. That game will take place on Saturday, April 20, again at the Bridge Meadow Stadium.

Speaking after the match, Merlins Bridge boss Matthew D’Ivry said: “We are really pleased with the result. We were confident that if we played to our abilities that we would get the result.

“We were confident on the back of the season we have had so far, having only had one loss to Monkton. It wasn’t about getting revenge, but more about us achieving what we had set out to do.

“Last night our experience in the bigger games shone through and that gave us the edge.”

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Derby spoils for Carew

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CAREW Seconds earned the bragging rights on Saturday (Jun 15) as they beat rivals Cresselly Seconds by nine wickets.

Cresselly won the toss and batted first but they could only score 116-9 in their innings.

Jacob Knox removed both Cresselly openers as he had Lyn Richards caught by Rhys Canton on a score of 11 and Jamie Goldsworthy caught by Barry Evans.

12-year-old Charlie Arthur impressed with a score of 18 before he was bowled by Aaron Hinman.

Canton then had Mark Meyrick caught by Eugene McCarney and Barry Evans had Tim Webb caught by Haydn Shapcott.

Steffan Jenkins top scored for Cresselly with 31 but he was caught by Knox off the bowling of Evans.

McCarney then bowled Corey Lewis and he did the same to Neil Lewis on a score of 15.

Cresselly limped to their total and Carew were confident they could knock off the runs needed for victory.

Corey Arthur picked up the only wicket to fall early on but Eugene McCarney and Rob Hicks batted well together to see their side to their target.

Hicks finished unbeaten on 49 while McCarney was not out on 54 as Carew won with plenty of time to spare.

On Saturday (Jun 22), Carew seconds travel to Hook while Cresselly seconds are at home to Johnston.

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Dock frustrate leaders Llechryd

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PEMBROKE Dock frustrated Division 2 leaders Llechryd on Saturday as they held them to a draw at Imble Lane.

Llechryd batted first after the Dock won the toss and they scored an excellent total of 258-5 from their innings.

They lost opener James Betterley early on when he was caught by Niall Brunton off the bowling of Billy Wood.

However, May’s player of the month, John Curran continued his excellent form as he went on to score another century.

He was well supported by Johnnie Lewis who scored 63 before he was bowled by Nick Daley.

Daley also trapped Rhys Beard leg before and he then also had Curran caught by Scott Griffiths on a score of 106.

Wood also bowled Graham Keen but Steve Smith and Thomas Davies continued to pile on the runs.

Both finished unbeaten with Davies scoring 20 and Smith scoring 37.

The Dock lost opener Glyn Griffiths early in their reply as he was trapped leg before by Rhys Beard for a seven-ball duck.

Billy Wood did not last long either before he was bowled by Beard and when Nick Daley was out for a score of 13 to the bowling of Graham Keen, the Dock were struggling on 32-3.

Scott Griffiths and Craig Butland steadied the ship with a partnership worth 90 runs for the fourth wicket.

Griffiths hit four fours in his knock of 38 but he was then caught off the bowling of Beard.

Butland hit ten fours as he made a good score of 66 before he was bowled by James Betterley.

Tom Grimwood was also bowled by Betterley while Tom Beard claimed two wickets late on as they looked for the victory.

Try as they might they could not take any further wickets and the Dock finished short on 162-7.

Llechryd remain top and on Saturday (Jun 22), they travel to second placed Narberth.

Pembroke Dock remain third from bottom in the table and in their next game they take on the side directly above them in Haverfordwest II.

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Lawrenny through to last four

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LAWRENNY made it through to the last four of the Harrison Allen Bowl on Monday night (Jun 17) as they beat Carew by 47 runs.

Last season’s Bowl runners up batted first and scored 141-9 in their innings with Brad McDermott-Jenkins top scoring with 32.

Ryan Morton also batted well for his knock of 27 and Joe Kidney added 26 late on to give his side something to defend.

Rhys Davies was in good form for Carew as he took five wickets for the loss of 26 runs. Tom Davies also bowled well as he claimed three wickets.

Carew then struggled in their reply however as they could only finish on 94-9 after their 22 overs. Tim Hicks was the highest scorer for his team with 29 but it wasn’t enough for the home side.

Rob Williams was the pick of the bowlers for the visitors as he claimed four wickets for the loss of only 15 runs.

McDermott-Jenkins also took four wickets for the loss of 26 runs as Lawrenny bowled well to keep the score down.

Tonight, Whitland take on Narberth and Herbrandston are at home to Haverfordwest.

The fourth quarter final takes place on Thursday when Cresselly host Saundersfoot.

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