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TENBY DO THE DOUBLE OVER HAKIN

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In off the post: Richard Perry’s (Right) effort gave Tenby a shock lead.

In off the post: Richard Perry’s (Right) effort gave Tenby a shock lead.

TENBY completed the league double over Champions Hakin United with a 2-1 win at the Observatory Field on Saturday (Feb 7).

The visitors were the first team to beat Hakin in over 18 months back in November when they won 3-2 at the Clicketts and goals from Daryl Mansbridge and Richard Perry on Saturday ensured they completed a memorable league double.

With the game poised at 1-1 it could have been anybody’s game but Tenby were dealt a blow with ten minutes to go as Joe Leahy was forced off with a hamstring injury with the visitors having used their only two available substitutes.

The 10 men did not give up and with seven minutes to go they were rewarded with the winning goal.

Hakin started brightly and could have been two goals up inside the first ten minutes.

Firstly Nicky Woodrow passed to the edge of the box for Ashley Bevan but his curling effort was well saved by Tenby keeper Dafydd Jones.

Woodrow and Justin Harding then exchanged a number of passes in the area but they took too long and Tenby were able to knock the ball away for a corner.

After twenty minutes, Ashley Andrews sent the ball forward for Tenby but Daryl Mansbridge’s effort was blocked away for a corner.

Hakin dominated for large periods in the first half and with ten minutes to go until the break Michael Cooper played in Matthew Broome but his shot was well saved by the Tenby keeper.

The score was still 0-0 at half time but Hakin continued to press when they came out for the second half.

They thought they should have had a penalty two minutes in when James Stanmore went down in the box but the referee waved away the protests.

With ten minutes of the second half gone Tenby stunned the champions as they took the lead against the run of play.

Joe Leahy crossed to Richard Perry who turned and shot down into the ground and the ball bounced into the net off the left hand post.

Hakin looked to gain an immediate reply but with an hour gone they were annoyed when the referee disallowed a goal from Gareth Fawcett saying he had seen a foul on the Tenby keeper.

The Vikings continued to push forward and with twenty minutes to go they were awarded a penalty when Sonny Phillips brought down Matthew Broome in the box.

Nicky Woodrow stepped up to score the penalty and set up a tense final twenty minutes.

Joe Leahy was sent through for the visitors soon after but his shot was well saved by Hakin keeper James Manson.

A hamstring injury then forced Leahy off, but, with his side having already used their only two subs, they would have to finish the remainder of the game with ten men.

With seven minutes to go Tenby had a free-kick 35 yards out. Jack Christopher struck the ball straight at James Manson but the Hakin keeper fumbled the ball and Daryl Mansbridge was quickest to react to tap the ball into the net.

Hakin streamed forward in the closing stages and tempers threatened to boil over but Tenby held on for an excellent win.

Defeat for Hakin is just their third of the season and they are now eight points clear of second placed Merlins Bridge.

Tenby will look to build on the win next Saturday as they take on Narberth in the third round of the Senior Cup.

Hakin will look for an immediate return to winning ways as they take on St Clears.

Hakin United: James Manson, Nathan Banner, Jonathan Bennett, Nicky Woodrow, Gareth Fawcett, Matthew Broome, Justin Harding, Michael Cooper, Ashley Bevan, Steven Mathias, James Stanmore. Subs: Nigel Armstrong, Paul Thompson, Dan Evans

Tenby: Dafydd Jones, Ashley Andrews, Sonny Phillips, Curtis Hurlow, Jack Christopher, Callum Proctor, Jerome Mansbridge, Richard Perry, Dave Rees, Joe Leahy, Daryl Mansbridge. Subs: Owen Coombs, Scott Ferney

 

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Seren shines in shooting sports, breaking records and winning medals

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SEREN THORNE, a young talent from Letterston, has been making waves in the world of 10m air rifle precision shooting. A former student of Ysgol Casblaidd, Ysgol Bro Gwaun, and the sixth form at Haverfordwest’s VC High School, Seren is currently furthering her education in music at Cardiff University. However, it is her achievements in shooting sports that are capturing the nation’s attention.

Seren’s journey in shooting began at the tender age of 8, initially with the pistol as part of her participation in the Pony Club tetrathlon. Her transition to the air rifle in 2020 marked the beginning of an illustrious path in this discipline. Since then, Seren has not only embraced the sport but has excelled at it, demonstrating an exceptional level of precision and composure.

Her hard work and dedication bore fruit in November when she clinched two gold medals at the Welsh Championships. At this event, Seren not only topped the podium but also broke the Welsh and British junior women’s qualification record, setting a new benchmark for aspiring shooters.

However, Seren’s achievements did not stop at the national level. In February, she represented Great Britain at the Junior World Cup in Granada, Spain. There, she added to her medal tally by securing an individual silver medal and breaking the British junior women’s final record. Seren’s success continued as she contributed to a mixed team bronze medal, once again breaking the previous British junior record.

More recently, Seren participated in the British Open Championships, where she was crowned the British junior women’s champion and won the British confined open women’s championship. These victories are a testament to her skill, determination, and the promising future she has in the sport of shooting.

Seren Thorne’s achievements are not just personal victories but also a source of pride for her community in Letterston, her schools, and indeed for the whole of Britain. As she continues to study and train, the nation watches eagerly to see how far this talented young shooter will go.

Seren’s journey in shooting sports is a vivid reminder of the dedication and hard work required to excel at the highest levels, and she is undoubtedly a rising star to keep an eye on in the years to come.

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Crunch time in local Cup Competitions

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Recently we have lost so much local sport due to weather making pitches unplayable. This weekend however looks more promising and there are some huge cup ties due to take place. We’ve previewed the West Wales Cup and Senior Cup, with the second division cup preview to follow.

The West Wales Cup fifth round sees four Pembrokeshire based teams in action, with one all Pembs tie as Merlins Bridge host Kilgetty. Meanwhile Goodwick United travel to Seaside and Milford United host Penlan.

West Wales Cup Ties –

Seaside vs Goodwick United

Goodwick United are a team nobody wants to face in any competition in current form. However Seaside will be very confident themselves, they sit top of their division and are a massive sixteen points clear of second place. Last time out in this competition they beat Carew 2-1, and haven’t lost a game since October. A real test for Chris O’Sullivans men this one when they travel to Llanelli, I’m sure they’ll have plenty of support on the supporters bus too.

Milford United vs Penlan

Steve Parks and his men have been looking forward to this fixture since it was drawn, they are in excellent form this year and this will be a great match up. Penlan themselves are a strong outfit and beat Evans and Williams last time out in the competition. A mouthwatering match up down at Marble Hall which I’m sure will draw plenty of local support.

Merlins Bridge vs Kilgetty

The league table would suggest the Wizards are the stronger of the two Pembrokeshire teams in this tie. However Kilgetty have a lot of games in hand over the majority of the league and their league position is somewhat misleading. A team with plenty of quality and the hosts will have to be on top form to ensure the visitors don’t upset the party here.

Pembrokeshire Senior Cup Ties

Fishguard Sports vs Clarbeston Road

The hosts are not enjoying much success in their league campaign so far this season. The visitors are on the opposite end of the scale and have impressed in the league this year. Matthew Fox’ team have shown they have the quality to go all the way in this competition and he’ll be hoping for a good performance.

Haverfordwest Cricket Club vs Carew

Third division Haverfordwest Cricket Club are more than a potential banana skin for Carew. The visitors naturally will be confident going into this one however the hosts have plenty of experienced and quality players in their ranks and will be no push overs.

Pennar Robins vs Tenby

Two first division teams who have had two close games already this season. Last time out it was a 2-2 draw and before that Tenby won a close game 2-1. Another close game is to be expected and both teams will be quietly confident of progressing to the latter stages of this competition.

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Pembrokeshire Football Division One Round Up

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It was once again a weekend where the majority of the county’s scheduled football fell foul to waterlogged and unplayable pitches. A frustrating time for players, club members and referees alike as the last month to six weeks has been very wet and we’ve had a huge number of games called off.

In the first division Clarbeston Road continued their dominance over Hakin United as we reported in our feature game. Two other games were played in the top division Tenby made it three wins in a row when they beat Fishguard 4-2 at the Clicketts. Adam Muskett scored twice, both assisted by the man of the match Jerome Mansbridge who then scored twice to cap off a stand out performance. The result lifts the Seasiders into fifth place, while Fishguard look all but relegated as they sit rock bottom on just four points.

Tenby’s local rivals Kilgetty boosted their league position with an important win over Pennar Robins at Bush Camp. Robins missed a great opportunity to go one up when they were awarded a penalty but Edmundson failed to hit the target from the spot. Josh Bevans goal was enough to secure the three points for the visitors who now only sit two points behind Pennar with four games in hand over them. 

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