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Otters oust Crymych from KO Cup

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Crymych 10
Narberth 19

Try scorer: Lewis Wood looks to shake off a Crymych tackle.

Try scorer: Lewis Wood looks to shake off a Crymych tackle.

PARC LLOYD THOMAS was the scene for the quarter final clash between Crymych and Narberth, as a bumper crowd welcomed the return of local rugby after the Autumn International break. Narberth, renowned as Pembrokeshire’s heavy weight senior rugby side returned to the KO cup after an absence of five years, with many questioning their return due to the gulf between sides.

However, spectators of this match would have seen Crymych, a club celebrating only 30 years in existence, battle to the final whistle, in an entertaining tussle. Ianto Griffiths, playing against his boyhood club, missed an early penalty for Narberth in a close first quarter where the inevitable rustiness came to the surface, though both sides were determined to pin the opposition back with kicks behind. The home side got the first score as Sam Phillips intercepted a loose pass, only to be tackled short of the line, before the Narberth forwards were penalised.

Phillips converted the simple penalty, giving his side the lead. Narberth showed their quality and replied quickly through John Morgan, who touched down for an unconverted try out wide, after receiving a beautiful pass from back rower Stuart Worrall. The Otter scored the next points as well, as number 8 Lewis Wood drove over from a 5 meter scrum, with Ianto Griffiths adding the extras.

After the break, Crymych had their chances, but often the bounce of the ball didn’t favour them, as Narberth held on against a resilient Crymych side. The Otters then produced a fantastic piece of play to allow Jason Howells to cross the white wash, after collecting a kick ahead by Nick Gale, to score a converted try. Crymych really did up the tempo after conceding the third try, and were rewarded for the efforts as the pressure mounted on the Otters, and yellow cards to both Nio Aloni and Nick Gale allowed Crymych to battle against 13 men.

Dyfan Dafydd was caught just short of the line before Joe Powell crossed out wide, leaving a tough kick for Phillips, who managed to tuck the ball neatly between the uprights – leaving a tense 9 poitn finish to this exciting game. However, the Otters held on after returning to 15 players, and managed to see themselves into the semi-final of the Pembrokeshire KO cup and carry their favourites tag with them.

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Bluebirds return to winning ways as Veale’s free kick sinks Archers

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HAVERFORDWEST County got back to winning ways on Tuesday night (Sept 27) as they beat Cardiff Met 1-0 at the Ogi Bridge Meadow.

Jamie Veale’s second half free kick proved enough for Tony Pennock’s side who now sit seventh in the JD Cymru Premier table.

In the third minute, Dylan Rees sent a ball forward to Jack Wilson but his cross was pushed away by Met keeper Alex Lang.

A miss-timed header then sent Jordan Davies in but his effort was blocked.

The Bluebirds continued to search for the opener and on 27 minutes, a pass from Elliot Scotcher sent Wilson in but he saw his shot saved. The rebound fell to Jordan Davies but his shot was blocked.

Towards the end of the half, Met pushed forward and Matt Chubb went on a good run down the right but he saw his shot go wide.

Harry Owen also tried his luck but saw his shot saved by County keeper Zac Jones and the sides went in at the break with the score locked at 0-0.

There was an even start to the second half as both sides looked to dominate. A cross into the Met box was headed clear by Emlyn Lewis while Craig Davies sent a cross in at the other end but no one could get on the end of it.

On 72 minutes Jordan Davies reacted quickly to head the ball goalwards but he saw his effort go over the bar.

Four minutes later though the Bluebirds were awarded a free kick wide on the left. Veale took it and the ball floated all the way in to give the home side the lead.

Wilson then saw a shot go wide as the Bluebirds looked to make the points safe.

The Met pushed late on as Eliot Evans saw a shot deflected wide while Sam Jones shot over the bar in time added on.

The Bluebirds held on for a welcome win, with Rhys Abbruzzese being named player of the match.

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Whitland earn win at Pembroke

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WHITLAND earned their first win of the season on Saturday (Sept 24) as they beat Pembroke 20-33.

Pembroke landed an early penalty through Harry Fletcher but the visitors hit back with two converted tries.

There was another penalty for Fletcher to make it 14-6.

Whitland thought they had another try when Callum Evans touched down but it was harshly ruled out as the referee had spotted some crossing moments before.

The visitors then scored another try which was also converted as they took a 6-21 lead in at the break.

Pembroke hit back in the second half with tries from Lloyd Davies and Sam Smith who finished off after a barnstorming run. Fletcher added both conversions.

Whitland pulled away though with further tries to seal the win.

Liam Price scored a hat trick of tries for Whitland and others came from Ianto Davies and Geraint Jones. Jones added the rest of the points from the boot.

On Saturday, October 1, Pembroke travel to Llanelli Wanderers while Whitland host Llangennech.

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Kilgetty edge Clarby in seven-goal thriller

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KILGETTY made it two wins from two on Saturday (Sept 24) as they beat Clarbeston Road 4-3.

Ben John put Clarby ahead after eight minutes but their lead only lasted for two minutes.

Adam Johns levelled for Kilgetty and ten minutes later Josh Bevan put his side ahead.

Richard Cope then made it 3-1 to the visitors shortly after the half-hour mark.

Clarby were not out of the game though and on the stroke of half time John scored his and Clarby’s second to make it 2-3.

It remained that way until the 89th minute when Rheinallt George put the goal in his own net to all but seal the points for Kilgetty.

There was still time for more goals as Richard Bevan scored in the 92nd minute to make it 4-3.

They were unable to find a late equaliser though as Kilgetty held on for the win.

On Saturday, October 1, Kilgetty face Angle in the first round of the Senior Cup. Clarbeston Road are also in action in the Senior Cup as they host Carew, both matches kicking off at 1:45pm.

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