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Pembroke seal promotion

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PEMBROKE sealed promotion to League 1 West on Saturday (Apr 13) as they beat Pontyberem 36-25 in a thrilling game.

Going into the game, Pembroke sat three points ahead of their promotion rivals and knew a win would see them go up. A Pontyberem win would have put them second with one game left to play.

A huge crowd gathered for the game in anticipation of a thrilling encounter and that is exactly what they were treated to.

Pontyberem took the lead early on with a penalty but Pembroke hit back.

Jack Smythe took the scoring pass from Tom Lewis to finish off an excellent team try and Toby Smith then added the extras to make it 3-7.

They soon had their second as a good break by the backs released Smythe to score his second try of the game and Smith added the extras.

Lewys Gibby then showed good pace out on the wing to cross for Pembroke’s third try which was also converted by Smith.

Scrum half Gwion Jones then darted over for a try for the home side to give them hope of a second half comeback.

Smith then scored a penalty to make it 8-24 but the home side very nearly scored shortly before the break. After an interception, Gibby got back to make an excellent try saving tackle keeping the score at 8-24.

However, at half time but Pembroke knew they would face a strong fight back from the Bont in the second half.

Matt Meredith scored the first try of the half for the Bont and the conversion made it 15-24.

Pembroke then extended their lead with their fourth try of the game to earn a bonus point as Jack Parkinson made a great break before passing to Gibby to score. The conversion was missed and the score stayed at 15-29.

The Bont then had their best spell of the game as tries from lock Matthew Lloyd and skipper Wayne Williams brought them back to within four points at 25-29.

It was an epic comeback by the Bont but the visitors then took control as Jordan Gwillam offloaded to Dan Colley who scored under the posts and Smith added the extras to make it 25-36.

Dom Colman, James Davies and Simon Stanford all came on in the second half and all put in good performances.

Pontyberem came back in the final ten minutes looking to get back into it but Pembroke defended excellently to keep them out.

Coach Geraint Lewis said after the game: “It was a huge performance, everyone put in a big shift from 1 to 20.

“It was a big result and there was great support as well. We’re looking forward to League 1 now. It’s fantastic for the club, it’s been a tremendous two years. We got promoted last season and we were hoping to cement our place in League 2 but we’ve only had two losses in the last thirteen games so it’s been a hell of a run.”

Pembroke now have one game remaining, away to St Clears on Saturday, April 27, and it is still possible for them to win the league.

However, should they win, that would mean them relying on a Penclawdd loss against Pontyberem but coach Lewis said he wasn’t concerned how they go up.

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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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