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Newcomers Carew edged out by Tenby

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Superb: James Adie gets in a tackle to halt Daryl

Superb: James Adie gets in a tackle to halt Daryl

Tenby 3 V Carew 1

On their return to the top flight of the Pembrokeshire League after a seven year absence, Carew produced a brilliant display of free-flowing football and will consider themselves highly unfortunate not to have come away from The Clicketts with at least a point, if not more.

As expected from one of the county’s best sides, Tenby came flying out of the blocks in the opening 10 minutes, but for all their dominance in possession they couldn’t find a way through a well organised Carew backline, marshalled by skipper Iwan Izzard and centre back partner Shaun Whitfield.

Growing in confidence, Carew started to dominate the midfield battle and subsequently got a firm foothold in the game, and when Scott Ferney put pressure on Alex Harley in the Tenby defensive third, the ball broke to Haydn Shapcott who broke free on goal and slotted the ball calmly into the corner, giving Tenby keeper Mike Brown no chance.

Having deservedly taken the lead, Carew went on to create two further one on one chances, however both unfortunately went the wrong side of the post, keeping the hosts in the game, and with half time looming Carew were made to pay the price.

With 45 minutes on the clock, when a hopeful long ball into the Carew box was only partially cleared, left back Jerome Mansbridge was the first to react, and his instinctive half volley made its way through a crowded box, just eluding Carew stopper Tom Davies to find the corner, sending the sides in level at half time.

After the interval, with both sides playing some brilliant football, a chess match ensued for 15 minutes, with both midfields looking to get the upper hand. However it was Carew who looked the more threatening, and in winger James Adie they had a constant outlet, as he went past fullback Ashley Andrews time and time again, creating several opportunities which Carew failed to convert.

With 25 minutes to go, the visitors were taught a harsh lesson about Division One, when their wasted opportunities came back to haunt them, as Tenby took the lead against the run of play.

When awarded an innocuous free-kick on the half way line, Tenby once more sought to pump it long. With the ball hanging in the air, Tom Davies came to claim the ball for Carew, but when he fumbled, Jay Richards was on hand to stab the ball home into an empty net, giving Tenby what had seemed an unlikely lead in the most fortuitous of circumstances.

Testament to Carew’s performance was that Tenby then sought to run the clock down at every opportunity and manager Phil Cattlin was forced to bring himself on at centre back to add defensive reinforcements. Despite this Carew still managed to create further goal-scoring chances, the best of which fell to substitute James Hinchliffe, whose left footed effort rolled agonisingly wide of the far upright.

In their desperation to survive, Tenby produced several rash tackles that could have seen the side reduced to 10 or possibly 9 men, but with the referee unwilling to punish the offences, the home side were allowed to maintain their defensive shape. They were further let off when the referee turned down a strong penalty shout from the visitors with just 5 minutes remaining.

As Carew desperately pressed for an equaliser deep into injury time, a long clearance form Cattlin saw Daryl Mansbridge race free down the left, and his pinpoint cross found former Carew player Jake Proctor in the middle, who headed home unmarked from 6 yards to give the scoreline a rather unbalanced feel.

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Blues battle to win over Aberaeron in KO Cup

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HAVERFORDWEST booked their place in the quarter finals of the Pembrokeshire KO Cup, where they will meet Pembroke Dock Harlequins, after beating Aberaeron on Wednesday night (Oct 20).

Despite the atrocious weather conditions, which saw rain batter the Pembroke Road playing surface for much of the game, both sides played an excellent game.

In the end it was the Blues who came out on top with a 44-6 win.

Outside Half Jake Morgan got the Blues rolling early on with a penalty and Rhys Baker then scored the game’s first try to make it 8-0.

Second Row Jack Clancy got his name on the score sheet but the conversion was missed.

Aberaeron then got themselves on the board with a penalty but the Blues were soon back on the attack with Will Blackburn next to go over.

That was converted by Morgan to give the home side a 20-3 lead.

Lewis Tingay and Rhys Baker added further tries for the Blues while Aber added a further penalty as the sides went in at half time with the score reading 30-6.

Early in the second half Tingay added his second try of the night and Morgan added the conversion.

That all but ended any hopes the away side had of getting themselves back in the game and the Blues continued to play despite the pouring rain.

Tingay then completed his hat trick with a try under the posts giving Morgan a simple conversion to make it 44-6.

There was no scoring in the final twenty minutes but the Blues had done the job and booked their place in the last eight.

Their quarter final with the Quins will be played on or before January 22.

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Pembrokeshire Schools Under 10s get season up and running

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PEMBROKESHIRE Schools Under 10s played their first game of the new season last Sunday (Oct 17) against a strong OT Academy Squad.

The Pembrokeshire boys played four small sided games, drawing one and losing three. The boys are next in action next month when they hope to play Carmarthenshire Schools.

Pembrokeshire Schools Under 10s: Spencer James (Cleddau Reach), Noah Bicknell (Prendergast), Harri Jones (Holy Name), Jamie Cook (Pembroke Dock), Toby Jones (Holy Name), Isaac Jenkins (Narberth), Iori Williams (Narberth), Cai Price (Ysgol Caer Elen), Celt Edwards (Frenni), Joe Davies (Ysgol Glannau Gwaun), Jaden Petrie (Prendergast), Logan Lewis (Pembroke Dock), Zach Loveridge (Waldo Williams), James Burns (Lamphey).

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Pembrokeshire Junior Netball League results

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The results for the Pembrokeshire Junior Netball League for Saturday, October 16 were as follows:

• Under 12’s:

Chaos Thunder 11-1 Pembroke 2

Players player:

Chaos: Leah Davies

Pembroke: Holly Jones

Sapphires Whites 0-19 Pembroke 1

Players player:

Sapphires: Orla Maulio Martina

Pembroke: Skye Sutton

• Under 14’s:

Chaos Hurricanes 4-20 Sapphires Black

Players player:

Chaos: Bo Davies

Sapphires: Anya Beynon

• Under 16’s:

Chaos Blue 40-7 Pembroke

Players player:

Chaos: Lucy John

Pembroke: Megan Bowen

Sapphires Black 45-12 St David’s

Players player:

Sapphires: Ella Wainwright

St David’s: Skye Bramley

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