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Whitland withstand Fishguard fightback

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Whitland 25
Fishguard 10

whitland-rfcTHE TWO division gap between these two sides was not noticeable on Friday (Nov 28) as a picture perfect Parc Llwyn Ty Gwyn played perfectly for a fantastically supported game. It was the side in the higher division who made the brighter start, as Whitland’s winger Shaun Coles collected his neat kick ahead to touch down out wide, and John Thomas missed the conversion.

Fishguard gathered momentum, and were equal to the Division 1 side in the set piece, but rustiness allowed the ruthless Borderers to pounce on any Seagull mistake, and Coles again sped away for an unconverted try, countering a Fishguard move from deep within his own 22. James Griffiths tested the Whitland defence with chips over the top, but Fishguard were unlucky with injury, as they lost scrum half Rhodri Morgans early on after a nasty bang on the head, and Rhys Williams, replacement scrum half, who looked to have done some damage to his shoulder.

The Seagulls brought on utility back Alun George in the scrum half position. The rejigging of positions allowed Whitland to again counter, with some neat passing from John Thomas and Dafydd Evans which allowed full back Stephenson to score, Thomas missing the conversion again. Whitland led 15-0 at the break, with the neutral suggesting the score line flattered the home side.

After the break, the Seagulls welcomed substitutes Randall Williams and Romeo Colella onto the pitch, two players who made their names at Whitland, and both home and away crowds cheered as they took to the field. Whitland managed to sneak a try in after a loose kick, and Scott Newton touched down followed by Rhydian Davies, both unconverted.

However the Fishguard side, knowing their potential upped their game, and took it to a Whitland side, who were expecting to be run away winners. Chris Shousha did fantastic work at the break down, and as Andrew Morillo, another former Whitland player, took to the field, his first touch from a driving line out ended in a try. James Griffiths missed the conversion, before orchestrating the second Fishguard try.

The fly half gave a perfect miss pass to full back Ed Bendall to score out wide, after the forwards rumbled up the field, showing their determination. Griffiths again missed the conversion, but Fishguard continued to pile on the pressure, at one point even pushing Whitland off their own ball at scrum time. Shousha made two midfield breaks, but lacked support for the final pass. The game ended 25-10, with Fishguard players congratulating Whitland on the win, and Whitland players congratulation Fishguard players on their fantastic effort.

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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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