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Davies storms to 2016 title

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Jason: In action at Pembrey on Sunday (Pic. JD Photography)

Jason: In action at Pembrey on Sunday (Pic. JD Photography)

HAVERFORDWEST’S Jason Davies stormed home to win the final races of the season at a rain soaked Pembrey on Sunday, October 9, to clinch the 2016 Welsh Sports and Saloon Championship.

It was an emotional time for the Haverfordwest family team, as it was virtually 20 years to the day that his dad Martin Davies won the last of his three Welsh titles.

Any thoughts Jason might have had of stroking home to the title went out of the window, as torrential rain showers swept the track.

Jason revealed later: “We decided early on that the best place to be was in lead.” He set out his stall in qualifying when he set a time almost seconds seconds faster than everybody else to take pole position.

He then simply drove away from the field to win by almost 30 seconds in Race One and by over 30 seconds in the final race of the season.

Afterwards, he admitted: “I was really pushing it; this championship is not easy – there are a lot of very good and very quick drivers in it and I wanted to make sure I wasn’t involved in any battles today.”

Looking back, he said: “We had some problems early on in the season but we worked on them and the cars are now quick and reliable.” It is just as well, as Jason’s main points rival, Tyrone Lufferelli from Cornwall, was ready to pick up the pieces if Jason or his car had faltered.

Such was the tension that Jason admitted he was overcome with emotion as he crossed the line and took the Chequered Flag.

Martin himself commented: “I’m glad it’s over; it was really tense and I’d rather be driving than in the pits as part of the crew.”

Jason confirmed that he will be back in 2017 to defend the title. He said: “We plan to upgrade the car, and I may do other things as well but I will certainly be back to wear the winners number on my car, like my dad did.”

Jason will pick up the Overall Trophy at the Awards Night at the end of November and will also pick up the award for most race wins, having won six of the 10 races run this year.

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Bevan’s brace earns first league win for Hakin

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HAKIN United secured their first win of the season on Saturday (Sept 18) as they beat Hunldeton 5-1.

The Vikings drew their opening league game with Carew before pushing Monmouth all the way in their FAW Trophy defeat the previous Saturday (Sept 11).

They opened the scoring after just three minutes as Leon Luby provided the assist for Jay Power to score.

It was 2-0 four minutes later as Luby again set up Justin Harding,

Ashley Bevan scored to make it 3-0 after 12 minutes and he got his second shortly after the half hour mark.

One of those included a bicycle kick from just inside the box as Hakin dominated and took their goals well with some individual brilliance.

It was a game of two halves as Hundleton battled back in the second half and they were rewarded for their play twenty minutes in.

Jack Blunsden grabbed the goal for the home side but it proved to be a consolation effort.

With thirteen minutes to go, Luby got his fourth assist of the game as he found Laurie Haworth who made it 5-1 to the Vikings.

On Saturday (Sept 25), Hakin visit Neyland while Hundleton are at home to St Ishmaels.

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Fishguard hold off Clarby for third win

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FISHGUARD kept up their winning start to the season as they beat Clarbeston Road 3-2 on Saturday (Sept 18).

They opened the scoring after 90 seconds as a free kick was floated into the box and when it wasn’t cleared the ball fell to Sean Seymour-Davies who crossed to the unmarked Keegan Summers to tap in at the far post.

Clarby looked to level the score but from an attack Fishguard broke and the ball was played in behind Tom Glover and Steve Lewis ran on to score in the right hand corner.

Glover was then penalised for bringing down Steve Lewis in the box and the referee pointed for a penalty. Niall Kinsella scored to make it 3-0 to Fishguard.

Ben John, Jake Booth and Steff Williams all had chances to score for Clarby who felt a little hard done by to find themselves 3-0 down at the break.

Clarby responded well in the second half and were able to pull two goals back.

A free kick was saved by the Fishguard keeper Dean Hopson but the ball was kept alive by Charlie George and he found Greg Brown who fired in from eight yards out.

They grabbed a second when Joules Ward’s cross was deflected in by the unlucky Pat Hughes as he attempted to clear.

Clarby continued to create chances, hitting the bar on one occasion, but they were unable to find an equaliser as Fishguard held on for the points.

Dean Hopson also made some good saves to keep his side ahead.

On Saturday (Sept 25), Fishguard host Narberth while Clarbeston Road host Monkton Swifts.

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Blues prove too strong for Llangwm

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HAVERFORDWEST proved too strong for old rivals Llangwm on Saturday (Sept 18), as they came away from Pill Parks with a 51-0 win.

The game was only a couple of minutes old when the first try came. Llangwm had a scrum inside their own half but a great push from the Blues saw them gain the ball.

Tom Carrington eventually peeled off to score and Mikey Jones added the extras for a 7-0 lead.

Wasps fans could have been forgiven for fearing a repeat performance from the kick off as a knock on from the Blues gave the home side another scrum.

This time though, Llangwm were penalised for not setting up right and the Blue kicked to touch.

From the lineout the Blues again pushed for the line but Llangwm were again penalised for dragging down the maul.

The Blues went for touch again and from the resulting lineout they set up another maul, and this time Jamie Zambas went over to score. Jones’ conversion was wide and the score remained at 0-12.

Llangwm then enjoyed a good spell as they looked to get back in the game. A Blues infringement gave the Wasps a chance to kick to touch but the visitors did well to keep the ball in play.

However, they were penalised for being offside from the resulting clearing kick and Llangwm this time were able to find touch.

The Blues were able to win the lineout though and this time they cleared without any problems.

More tries followed from Jake Morgan and there was a double from Jonathan Mason as the Blues held a 29-0 lead at the break.

Matty Phillips scored early on in the second half but the Wasps enjoyed another good spell of pressure, twice coming close to scoring.

Kern Cunningham, Adam Williams and Jake Morgan added further tries to seal the win.

The win keeps them level on points with Neyland at the top of Bowl group H1 with the two sides playing each other on Saturday, October 2.

Llangwm’s next game sees them take on the Quins, also on October 2.

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