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Blues brave Brian to batter Tregaron

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HAVERFORDWEST moved up to second place in League 3 West A with a thumping 64-3 win over Tregaron on Saturday (Oct 21).

Storm Brian had taken its toll on many other games across the county and although the Blues’ pitch was deemed playable, conditions were still tricky for both sides.

Tregaron made the long trip down to play their first game against Haverfordwest for a very long time following their move into the league.

The Blues could only draw with Pembroke Dock Quins in their last outing and they were keen to put that right with a win against Tregaron.

They started the game well and went ahead when Matty Phillips crossed over and Centre Gareth John added the extra two points.

Tregaron hit back and Gwion Phillips scored with a penalty to narrow the deficit.

The Blues had a number of chances to score again but were guilty of giving the ball away on a couple of occasions.

However, when Tregaron had a penalty, the kick didn’t go as far as they would have hoped because of the strong winds and the ball stayed within their half of the field.

That allowed the Blues to keep the pressure on and John was again involved who offloaded to Outside half Matthew Davies and he just managed to get the ball away to young Full Back Ollie Hughes who went over on the right for their second try of the game. John then added the extras for a 14-3 lead.

Morgan Layton was next to over for the home side towards the end of the first half and John added the conversion to make the score 21-3.

It didn’t take the Blues long to score early in the second half as Rhys Baker picked up the ball and ran over for their fourth try of the match to earn his side a bonus point and John again converted.

Hughes then scored two tries in as many minutes as he completed his hat trick.

Baker then grabbed a second try while Mike Griffiths and replacement Liam Manwaring also got on the scoresheet.

John added three more conversions to complete an excellent win for the Blues who will now be looking to challenge at the top end of the table.

On Saturday, October 28, the Blues are away to St Davids.

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Ammanford sign Kurtis Marsh from Lawrenny

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LAWRENNY’S Kurtis Marsh will play for Ammanford Cricket Club in the 2022 season after the two clubs agreed a deal.

Marsh was one of Lawrenny’s stand out performers in Division 1 of the Pembrokeshire League this year.

He scored a number of important centuries and fifties as his club just missed out on securing the league title.

In total he scored 1070 runs in 15 innings while his highest score was 140 not out.

He was the Division’s highest scorer by just over 200 runs and was unbeaten in five innings.

On Twitter, Lawrenny Cricket Club said: “Absolutely gutted to lose Kurtis Marsh to Ammanford but he absolutely deserves this opportunity to play at a higher level. An unbelievable player and a top, top bloke. Go and smash it up there Kurt!!”

Marsh will now look forward to testing himself in Division 1 of the South Wales Premier Cricket League.

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Carew and Hakin earn big wins in West Wales Cup

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CAREW and Hakin United were big winners on Saturday (Oct 9) as they booked their places in round two of the West Wales Cup.

Carew travelled to Neath Premier Division side Cilfrew Rovers and it didn’t take them long to settle as James Hinchcliffe scored in the opening minute.

Cilfrew’s task became ever harder three minutes later as Adam Muskett scored to put his side in a strong position.

Matthew Evans pulled a goal back for the Rovers after 16 minutes but with five to go until half time Carew scored their third through Sam Christopher.

Muskett and Hinchcliffe scored in quick succession in the second half to all but seal the win for the Rooks.

Goals continued to come as Muskett completed his hat trick before Shaun Whitfield, a Dylan Morgan penalty and two from sub Jack Christopher took Carew’s score into double figures.

Muskett then got his fourth of the game to make it 11-1 to Carew.

Hakin also made the trip to Neath to face Division 1 side Resolven and, like Carew, they did not have to wait long for the first goal of the game.

It came from Justin Harding after four minutes and it was soon 2-0 as Jaden Chapman scored.

Ben Aldred then scored two goals in the space of two minutes, both assisted by Ryan Wilson, to effectively win the game for the visitors.

Harding added his second and Hakin’s fifth shortly before half time.

Twenty minutes into the second half, the Vikings added a sixth as sub Laurie Haworth found the back of the net.

Aldred and Chapman added to the scoring before Shane Walsh scored with three minutes to go to seal a 9-0 win.

Kilgetty bowed out of the competition as they were beaten 4-2 by Giants Grave. St Ishmaels were also sent packing after they were beaten 7-3 by CKSV.

Merlins Bridge’s game away at Treboeth was postponed because of a positive covid-19 case amongst one of the Neath teams’ players.

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Saints go through to round two

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ST Clears booked their place in the second round of the West Wales Cup on Saturday (Oct 9) as they beat Llangyfelach 3-0.

The Saints started the game slowly with most of the squad having been at captain Danny Peters’ wedding the day before.

Swansea Senior League Division 2 side Llangyfelach hit the post early on in what was their only real chance of the first half.

The Saints had quite a few chances to take the lead as Steve Thomas hit the bar with a good header from Ben John.

They slowly got on top and and they finally took the lead when the Llangyfelach keeper spilled a corner and Kyran Lewis nodded in from close range.

The second half was tight with more chances coming for the visitors but it was also heated at times with a number of yellow cards shown.

The second goal for the Saints when Nick squire hit a 30 yard effort from outside the box into the top corner, assisted by Martin Thomas.

Shortly before full time, the home side had Michael Matwychuk sent off for an apparent off the ball elbow.

Nick squire scored his second of the game from close range not long after to seal the victory.

The Saints’ reward for their win is a home tie against Felinfoel in the second round.

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