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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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