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Mariners ease past Saints

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MILFORD Haven moved to the top of League 3 West A on Friday night (Nov 17), as they thumped St Davids 77-5 to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

The game was played under the floodlights of Milford’s 4G pitch and a good crowd gathered to watch the game despite the cold conditions.

It didn’t take long for the Mariners to get into their stride as with just two minutes on the clock, David Round emerged from a scrum to touch the ball down. The conversion attempt from Dan McClelland came back off the post.

Moments later the home side had their second try as the ball was kicked forward and Lee Riley picked the ball up before offloading to Dai Sweeney who ran through for the try. The conversion was again missed.

Riley then broke through once more and stepped inside to beat the defenders to score under the posts leaving McClelland with an easy conversion.

Milford secured their bonus point try when Nathan Davies touched the ball down on his debut after a good line out win and driving maul. The conversion was wide.

The home side did not let up and Riley again caused problems for the Saints as he supplied the pass to Craig Thomas who went over for his first try of the night. The conversion was missed but the Mariners were sailing ahead with a 27-0 lead.

The Saints then had a bit of pressure of their own and it resulted in Milford’s Brandon Cooper being sent to the sin bin for ten minutes.

However, the Saints could not make their man advantage count and Milford scored again when McClelland took a quick tap penalty and passed to Matt Reynolds who ran over to score.

David Round then made a good run but he was held up and when the ball was recycled it eventually came to Jimmy Thomas who touched the ball down for the try.

Milford then stole the ball from a Saints lineout and the resulting play saw Chris Hall go over for their eighth try of the half and McClelland added the extra two points for a 44-0 lead at the break.

The Saints enjoyed a good spell of pressure at the start of the second half but they were unable to turn that pressure into points.

Milford then had a lineout in the Saints 22 but after being held up near the posts, the ball was sent back out to the right and Riley again made the try scoring pass for Thomas to touch down for his second of the night.

Thomas then secured his hat trick of tries as he went over once more.

The Saints, to their credit, never gave up and they were rewarded when Noel Lyons forced his way over the line. The conversion attempt was missed.

They battled well in a bid to add to their tally but it was the Mariners who pulled further away with more tries as Dan Jenkins raced over for a try before also adding the extras.

The Saints had a player yellow carded for a tackle in the air and the Mariners showed their class as Round went over for his second try which James Trueman converted.

Jenkins also claimed his second try in the closing stages and Trueman again added the extras to complete a comfortable night for the Mariners.

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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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