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Team of the week: Letterston AFC

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letterston firstsSITUATED in North Pembrokeshire and famous for Fish and Chips is one of the county’s largest villages Letterston.

This well kept village boasts two Pembrokeshire league football teams. The first team managed by Gareth “Gaffa” Thomas are currently sitting pretty mid table in the second division, with a Division Two cup semi final to look forward to.

At present the second string are high flying in Division Five and occupying third place. The manager Gary Scott has a wealth of experience and young talent to choose from and is excited at the prospect of being the first second team manager to guide the team to promotion. We here at the Herald are convinced that this new found form is due to the fact that they have the Herald as their main sponsor. Lets have a look at some of the key players from each team:

First Team Captain: Karl Hedley. Karl has had itchy feet over the last few seasons, hopping from Goodwick to West Dragons then back to Letterston. But this season after an early injury scare is back to full fitness and form. He is leading by example and bossing the midfield.

letterston secondsFirst team goalkeeper: David “Cheese” Lawrence. Signed from Goodwick this year in a merry goround that saw James Gwilt sign for Goodwick while Carl Woodhouse put pen to paper for Merlins Bridge. Cheesy commands his box and dictates what he wants from his back four. A great signing for the Letts, but yet to keep a clean sheet this season.

First Team Defender, James George: James joined from rivals Goodwick this season. The pull of playing for his home village was enough to leave Phoenix Park. Playing most of his games at present in the left back role he can also fill in at centre half and has had the odd game middle of midfield. “A great lad, and one of the in-form players”.

First Team Defender Michael “Lunchbox” Lawrence: Known as Lunch to his team mates he has had a bumpy start to the season. Letterston through and through and playing more than 10 years as a regular in the first team Lunch has found himself warming the bench for the first time in his career. At 30 years old last years player of the year is still an important part of Gaffa’s plans.

Second Team Captain: Nick Lawrence. Former first team captain suffered a major injury near on 10 years ago and never thought he would play again. Got back to form after a lengthy period on the sidelines. Nick the retired last season. After many a conversation with team mates decided 1 more year was a must. This slight, hard tackling centre half leads by example always.

Second Team Mid-Fielder: Bernard Hearne. The little Jack Russel. Always niggling at ankles, never scared of a challenge and always gives 110%. Guaranteed to wind up the opposition with a sly pull of the shirt or a word in the ear. Bernard would be welcome in any team as his work rate is second to none. If injury hits the first team midfield I’m sure Gaffa will be monitoring Bernard as a replacement.

Second Team Striker: Brian Mathias. Brian is one of three Mathias brothers that play for the Letts. Son of Derick and nephew of the late Wayne, Brian certainly carries the family tradition of being a strong player with a undeniable presence. After a spell in the first team at the start of the season he is now scoring for fun in the seconds and is on course to win the “Tony Evans” top goal scorer award for 3rd year running.

One from the Archive: Billy Robb: A charity football match was held in honour of Letterston’s most famous retired player. This testimonial match, herald in June this year, raised money for local charities. Billy is re-nowned throughout the county as being the past goal scoring machine of Letterston. Old team mates, and family members, turned out for the game and fun day. The ex-player’s impressive 600 goal tally was celebrated. Known for his straight talking ways, he will definitely be the legend that current and new players will aim to beat for many years to come.

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Who needs what on the final day of the cricket season?

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THE final day of the cricket season is almost upon us and there are still some issues to be decided.

In Division 1, Cresselly sit top but they can still be caught by Llangwm. Llangwm sit 17 points behind and would need a 20-point win and hope that Cresselly pick up only two bonus points to win the league.

Cresselly need just the three points to be crowned Division 1 champions for the first time since

Sadly, both Haverfordwest and Pembroke Dock have already been relegated from Division 1.

The fight to see who will replace them is four-team battle. Burton sit top of the second Division, two points ahead of Herbrandston.

Whitland sit eight points further back in third and fourth placed Llechryd are only 13 points behind the top two.

Burton win and they go up as champions but anything less and Herbie will be champions instead if they win their game at Lamphey.

Should Burton lose that would open the door for Whitland or Llechryd, who play each other, to snatch promotion.

Whitland would need a 20-point win and hope that Burton or Herbie don’t get more than 10 to go up as champions or in second place.

If Llechryd beat Whitland they would also need Herbie to pick up less than seven points to achieve promotion.

At the bottom end, Pembroke sit bottom but could escape if they get a 20-point win and must hope Carew seconds and Lamphey get less than seven or five bonus points respectively.

Lamphey need a win to ensure their survival but Carew could relegate them if they win and Lamphey slip up.

In Division 3, Kilgetty have already secured promotion and will now be looking to win the league title. They play Haverfordwest seconds who sit in third place.

However, should Cresselly seconds win their game against Narberth seconds, they could be crowned champions if Kilgetty get less than ten points.

At the bottom end, Llanrhian seconds are already relegated but the fight is on to avoid the second relegation spot.

Neyland seconds hold that position at the moment and they need to win well and hope that Narberth seconds don’t get many bonus points from their game in order to stay up.

The Division 4 title has already been won by Burton seconds and one of Llangwm seconds or Llechryd seconds will join them in the third division next year.

Llangwm seconds visit Lawrenny seconds while Llechryd seconds host Carew thirds.

The Division 5 North title has already been won by Crymych and Kilgetty seconds are guaranteed a second placed finish.

Hundleton were crowned Division 5 South champions last weekend and Pembroke Dock seconds are guarnteed to finish in second.

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Bluebirds get season off to winning start

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HAVERFORDWEST County kick-started their 2022-23 JD Cymru Premier campaign with a 1-0 victory over Caernarfon Town at the Ogi Bridge Meadow on Saturday (Aug 13).

Jordan Davies’ header with 10 minutes remaining was enough to give the Bluebirds all three points, as they marked manager Tony Pennock’s first league game in charge in winning fashion.

In sweltering conditions at the Ogi Bridge Meadow – with the temperature reaching a high of 32°C – both teams showed impressive fitness levels to stick to their task throughout the 90 minutes.

County showed positive intent right from the off, with Jack Wilson having a couple of opportunities inside the opening six minutes which goalkeeper Josh Tibbetts was equal to.

Henry Jones then put a ball into the area which picked out Jordan Davies at the back post, but the forward was just unable to bring it under his spell to get a shot away.

Wilson had another chance not long after when Ryan George showed jet heels to beat his man before putting a ball into the area which picked the forward out, but his effort went over the crossbar.

Despite their early pressure, the Bluebirds could have found themselves behind but for some excellent last-ditch defending which saw Sion Bradley’s shot from inside the area blocked on its path to goal.

Striker Ben Fawcett was next to have an effort on goal when he picked the ball up from Jordan Davies and got a shot away, which was heading for the right corner, but Tibbetts got down to produce the save.

With the searing heat in mind, two water breaks were scheduled to be taken 25 minutes into both halves. While there was a risk that this stoppage in play could have taken some of County’s tempo away, this was not to be the case as they continued to play on the front foot.

The best chance of the first-half came 10 minutes before the break, when George again beat his opposite number and put a ball into the area which found Fawcett, but after having a couple of efforts from a few yards out, the ball was somehow kept out of the net.

The second-half followed a similar pattern to the first, with County dictating the play against a well-organised Canaries side.

Pennock’s side created three chances in as many minutes in the early stages of the second period, with Lee Jenkins – who was making his Bluebirds top-flight debut – heading just wide from a free-kick, before Jordan Davies’ cross-cum-shot was palmed behind from a corner and Fawcett had his shot from inside the area deflected just wide.

The game lost some of its tempo for a 15-minute period, but it was sparked back into life when Henry Jones’ shot from inside the area was inadvertently blocked on its path to goal by a teammate.

With the final 10 minutes approaching, it looked as if the match might be heading towards a stalemate, however the Bluebirds were finally able to make their pressure tell.

Henry Jones picked the ball up on the left side and delivered a pinpoint cross into the area which found Jordan Davies at the far post, and the striker guided his header home to send the home supporters wild and get his team off to a winning start to the Cymru Premier season.

Haverfordwest County are next in action on Saturday, August 20, when they travel to Maes Tegid to take on Bala Town (Kick-off 2.30pm).

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Carew claim Alec Colley Cup after beating Pembroke Dock in final

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CAREW won the Alec Colley Cup final on Sunday (Aug 14) as they beat Pembroke Dock by 138 runs.

The final was played in Pembroke in the hot weather and a good crowd gathered to cheer on both teams.

Carew, who won the competition in 2020, won the toss and chose to bat and they made a good score of 187-3 from their first 20 overs.

Scott Richards and Nick Scourfield made a good start for Carew as they shared 105 runs for the first wicket.

Scourfield hit four fours in his score of 36 but he was then caught by Adam Phillips off the bowling of Anton John.

Richards and Morgan Grieve added another 40 runs for the second wicket. Richards had hit 13 fours in his score of 78 from 58 balls but he was then caught by George Smith off the bowling of Owen Hughes.

Grieve was joined by Gareth Lewis and the pair added another 29 runs for the third wicket.

Grieve smashed six fours and three sixes in his score of 49 from 31 balls but he was caught by Camran Robinson off the bowling of Rob Hearn.

Dai Rees hit a late four for the Dock to push the score on and to give Carew a good start.

In reply, Anton John and Adam Phillips shared 54 runs for the first wicket. John hit two fours in his score of 20 before he was caught by Morgan Grieve off the bowling of Kerry Waters.

Phillips hit four fours in his score of 25 but he fell soon after when he was stumped by Grieve off the bowling of Barry Evans.

The same two combined again to remove Peter Kingdom as the Dock slipped to 65-3.

George Smith and Rob Hearn added another 18 runs for the fourth wicket but Evans and Grieve again combined to remove Smith on a score of 21.

Hearn and Bowyn Clark added 23 runs for the fifth wicket as they looked to push the score on in the final couple of overs.

Hearn scored 15 but he was then caught by Dai Rees off the bowling of Max Brindley.

In the last over Jacob Knox bowled Owen Hughes as the Dock recorded a total of 111-6 from their 20 overs.

That gave Carew a commanding 76-run lead at the interval.

Scott Richards and Nick Scourfield shared 39 runs for the first wicket of their second innings as they took their lead past 100 runs.

The Dock’s Anton John made the breakthrough as he had Scourfield caught by Alfie Brown on a score of 12.

Soon after George Smith bowled Richards on a score of 20 to leave Carew on 43-2.

Morgan Grieve and Gareth Lewis then shared another 140 runs as they continued to pile the runs on.

Grieve hit seven fours and three sixes in his score of 65 from 44 balls while Lewis hit nine fours as he finished unbeaten on 68 from 41 balls.

It saw Carew finish on 183-2 and it meant the Dock would need an unlikely 260 to win the game.

Max Brindley then bowled Anton John with the first ball. George Smith hit five fours in a score of 23 but he was then trapped leg before by Brindley.

Adam Phillips and Peter Kingdom then shared 81 runs for the third wicket. Phillips hit three fours in his score of 49 but he was then caught by Morgan Grieve off the bowling of Brindley.

Brindley then also bowled Rob Hearn for a second ball duck to leave the Dock on 105-4.

Kingdom hit four fours in his score of 36 but he was then caught by Jacob Knox off the bowling of Rhys Grigg.

Bowyn Clark and Owen Hughes finished unbeaten as they batted out their overs, the Dock finishing on 121-5.

It meant that Carew had once again won the Alec Colley Cup and afterwards, Carew’s Morgan Grieve was named man of the match.

Kevin Jenkins with Man of the Match Morgan Grieve
Pembroke Dock
Umpires: Trefor Evans & Chris Stapleton
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