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Wizards hit back to earn a point

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MERLINS BRIDGE fought back from 3-1 down to earn a draw against Carew in an excellent match on Saturday (Oct 28).

Going into the match, Carew sat second and Merlins Bridge were third and with both sides level on points, they were keen to keep up their good start to the season with another victory.

It was Merlins Bridge who the first chance of the game with a minute gone when a corner from Joey George was headed wide by Peter Thomas.

However, Carew went up the other end of the pitch and almost scored themselves as the dangerous Jack Christopher beat the offside trap but Wizards keeper Gary Thomas came out well to block his effort and the following effort by Ian Derbyshire was also saved.

Joey George then went down in the box but no penalty was given by referee Alan Boswell.

With eleven minutes gone, Will Haworth won a corner which George swung into the box and Nathan Greene met it with a towering header only to see his shot blocked on the line by Derbyshire.

Three minutes later Carew took the lead as Alex Bayley crossed from the left hand side and Jack Christopher rose to head the ball down into the net.

They could have doubled their lead soon after when Jack played in brother Sam Christopher but his shot was blocked by an excellent covering tackle.

George then played in Luke Heywood but his fizzing cross ran across the face of goal with no one on the end of it to knock it in.

With half an hour gone the Wizards were back level as Will Haworth turned and saw his shot well saved by Carew keeper Dan James but the rebound fell to Matthew D’Ivry who drilled the ball low into the net to make it 1-1.

Seven minutes before half time Jack Christopher won a free kick 25 yards out and he stepped up to take it. The striker brilliantly curled the ball over the wall and it went in off the left hand post, leaving keeper Thomas with no chance.

Shortly before half time the ball was again played through to Jack who ran on before firing into the roof of the net to complete his hat trick and make it 3-1 to the Rooks.

The Wizards came out for the second half, determined to make up the deficit and also keep intact their unbeaten start to the season.

Eight minutes in they pulled a goal back when a corner was headed in by Ashley Beck.

Greene was then sent through and he beat the defender but his shot was saved by the Carew keeper.

On the hour mark, Luke Heywood also came close to scoring but his shot was blocked on the line.

With fifteen minutes to go, a throw in was flicked on by James Hinchcliffe but Sam Christopher’s acrobatic effort went wide.

Chance: Alex Bayley’s curling effort comes back off the post

They had another chance soon after when Jack Christopher held the ball up well before passing to Alex Bayley in the box but his curling effort rebounded back off the post.

Then with ten minutes to go the Wizards finally drew level as a free kick from Gary Thomas found its way to Luke Heywood who cut inside before firing into the bottom left corner of the net.

Jack Christopher came close to a fourth goal when his long range effort from just inside the half way line only just flew over the top of the net.

A late head injury to Ashley Beck disrupted play and although the Wizards pushed forward in the closing minutes, they were unable to find a winner.

Both sides settled for a 3-3 draw which sees them slip to fourth and fifth respectively following wins for Narberth and Neyland.

On Saturday, November 4, both sides take a break from league action once more as they take part in the second round of the West Wales Cup.

Carew are away to Glynneath Town while Merlins Bridge are at home against Penclawdd.

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Saints revolution the real deal

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St Davids rugby club have always had a good junior set up, a good club house and a brilliant team spirit and culture off the pitch. However for the past decade the teams performances on the field were lacking, languishing at the bottom of division three west, hoping for a win or two a season. How times have changed!

This season they are in excellent form and sit fifth place in the league, above clubs who’ve sat above them in this league and leagues above very recently. Last Saturday saw the Saints host Pembroke, who last season were playing the likes of Llanelli Wanderers and Llangennech. However Saints are no longer a team clubs look forward to playing and they proved this once again Saturday coming out 31-24 winners.

Players such as Jack Jones, George Raymond, Ben Joyce and Morgan Griffiths are just a selection of the quality players at the Saints disposal this year. Under the guidance of club legend Jack Dudley the Saints are absolutely flying in comparison to what they’ve become accustomed to over the past decade.

Off the field the clubhouse is always welcoming and there’s always a good atmosphere in there post game win or lose. The junior section is strong and all in all the future for our county’s only city rugby club looks very bright. It’s a credit to all involved with the club as we well know it takes so much work to keep a small club alive. I’m sure there have been numerous challenges over the years including covid and struggling for players. It’s times like that when the club’s characters really come to the fore and I’m sure everyone involved with the club is prouder than ever of their teams on field performance.

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Goodwick win again as Mice hammer Cosh

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Most games fell foul to the weather last weekend with pitches saturated after all the rain we’ve had. Five games however did go ahead, including two senior cup ties. As Goodwick booked their place in the next round after another impressive win.

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Goodwick United 5-0 Herbrandston

Will Haworths excellent hat-rick put the tie to bed for the hosts before half time. Despite having a good season in division two Herbie were unable to pose any real threat to Goodwick senior cup run. Jones and Delaney added two more for O’Sullivans men in the second half. The excellent form continues and we await to see who they’ll face in the next round.

Camrose 2-3 Johnston

A five thriller goal thriller between two mid table division two teams, ended with the Tigers progressing to the next round. The visitors came back after finding themselves 2-0 down after a Chalmers brace for the hosts. Joey George started the late comeback with a goal after 79 minutes, Richards soon added the equaliser, before Kieran Blundell got the vital goal to send his team into the next round.

Elsewhere in league action St Ishmaels hammered Cosheston who’s recent form has been good. Brennan Devonald was the man of the match with a hat-rick for the Mice. Tish’ league form in 2024 is now three wins out of three and they climb to sixth with a fair amount of games in hand over the teams above them.

In the third division Morgan Elliott’s hat-rick kept Solva’s promotion charge on track. The hosts beat St Florence 3-1, and Solva now sit second just two points off table toppers Lawrenny. In the fourth division Angle came out on top of an eight goal thriller when they hosted St Ishmaels reverses. A brace a piece for Niall Brunton and James Potter ensured the points for the hosts, which leaves them in fourth place and with an outside shot of promotion as it stands.

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The Magic of the Cup

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Cup competitions are always exciting, no matter what round or fixture, there’s something special about the cup. We are now getting into the latter stages of the senior cup and teams will be dreaming of a final at Bridge Meadow. Will there be upsets? Who will want to rewrite the script?
Here’s our preview of this weekends cup ties –

Senior Cup Fixtures 17/02/24 –

Fishguard Sports vs Clarbeston Road

The cup will be a welcome release for Fishguard who are deep in a relegation battle in the league. However they have picked up some decent results in cup competitions this season and will be without pressure or expectation in this fixture. Matthew Fox’ Clarby will be firm favourites not only for this tie but to get to the semi final stages at least. An impressive season so far for Clarby and cup success would really be the icing on the cake.

Milford United vs Neyland

There won’t be many teams in the county with more confidence than Steve Parks’ Milford United right now. A brilliant win last week at the Obs and definitely a dark horse for this competition. They’ll see the cup as an opportunity to potentially get some silverware this year. Neyland have struggled in the league and are in real relegation trouble but are still a dangerous team on their day.

Pennar Robins vs Tenby

Two teams who are safely in mid table in the league and really have no relegation fears. Cup success would be a huge achievement for either of these sides and both have the quality to be a danger in this competition. A evenly matched tie here which will likely be a close game.

Camrose vs Johnston

Two second division teams who have absolutely nothing to lose in this competition. Camrose have really impressed on their return to division two and would love to progress to the next stages of the cup. The Tigers are a strong outfit and physical team, not an easy opponent for anyone. With experience in their ranks they’ll be chomping at the bit for cup success.

Goodwick United vs Herbrandston

Firm favourites to win this competition Goodwick United host Herbrandston. Herbie started the season on fire but have late have been inconsistent. They are second in the second division and have real quality in midfield mixed with youngsters with bags of potential. A real test here for the village, who’ll be relishing the challenge.

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