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Holders through as Lawrenny beat Kilgetty in goal-fest

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By Jonathan Twigg

FIVE Second Division Cup ties took place on Saturday (Nov 18), with Saundersfoot Sports home match at the King George V field against current table toppers, Hakin United Reserves postponed as the bottom corner was deemed waterlogged by referee Charles Davies.

The winners of that tie will then travel to meet Solva at Glan Hafran in the Quarter Finals early next year as they were already through to the last eight stages as one of two Clubs to receive a bye.

Prendergast Villa were the second club to progress courtesy of a bye and they will welcome Lawrenny to the School Field after the bottom of the table side upturned the form book to overcame last season’s Division 3 champions and current promotion favourites Kilgetty 7-6.

Trailing on their own sports field 4-0 after 20 minutes and missing a plethora of players due to Adam Jenkins stag weekend, the Lawrenny side dug deep in appalling ground conditions and driving rain.

They battled themselves back to reduce the deficit to 4-2 at half time, with goals from centre midfielder Matt Lewis wide midfielder Joe Kidney. Centre forward Henry Lawrence scored the second visiting goal after his side had taken the lead through a deflected goal attempt, before Tom Baker and Lawrence opened a 4-0 lead.

The yellow and blue Kingsmore outfit then went 5-2 ahead with a strike from Brett Evans before the sides exchanged goals through home centre forward Jamie Phillips and Lawrence completed his hat trick.

The village side are made of stern stuff and they rolled up their black and gold sleeves to score three goals in five eventful minutes to set up a grandstand finish for the last ten minutes.

Playing away from their Clubhouse the ground was a tad better which allowed Phillips to net his second of the game, experienced Steve Campbell to level the scores and a minute later young winger Sam Davies to put them ahead for the first time in the keenly contested yet sporting local derby.

Kilgetty failed to square the game before referee Sean O’Connor blew for full time in the game sponsored by Morgan Construction, thanks to some heroic defending coupled with the quagmire in their own goal area and veteran goalkeeper Danny Harries being in top form.

St Clears hammered visitors Letterson 14-0 at the Leisure Centre ground having been set on their way by chirpy attacking midfielder Nathan Evans strike after 40 seconds.

The JRV Taxis sponsored game was over quickly as a contest as the Boars front three scored at will against a side who remained in Division 2 this season by default with Tenby withdrawing from Division 1 before a ball had been kicked in anger this season. Josh James led the way when he went nap for the claret and whites as Steve Thomas helped himself to four goals and the well-travelled Sean Seymour Davies bagged a hat trick alongside a visitor’s own goal.

Such was the one sided nature of the game skipper Martyn Thomas was a distant observer from centre back and his defence marshalled the opposition so well they only had fleeting forays into the danger zone.

Jonathan Sealy also had his spot kick well saved in the bottom left corner by veteran David Lawrence who was responsible for keeping the score to 14-0 with some excellent saves, although home manager Scott Page saw his side waste numerous opportunities.

Reward for the St Clears win will see them travel to the Racecourse to take on current Cup holders Merlin’s Bridge Reserves, buoyed by the return to the Carmarthenshire town of defender Dorian Davies from West Dragons.

Hundleton: Pictured before their Senior Cup game, were beaten by Merlins Bridge on Saturday

The Glenn Hotel sponsored Bridge overcame Hundleton 4-3 at the Village playing field in a scrappy encounter with veteran front man Aaron Devine opening the scoring for the Wizards before Kai Roberts on the right wing put them 2-0 ahead. Jack Phillips pulled one back for the Pembroke village side before half time and the introduction of stoic centre midfielder Lloyd Wilson set the scene for a titanic second half encounter.

With six players under the age of 18 in their starting 11 the Bridge thrived in the battle and sixteen year old left winger Ben Davies extended the lead to 3-1 after 52 minutes.

Another sixteen year old, Josh Thomas made it 4-1 after an hour of play when he struck from his position playing behind Devine and Curtis Hicks grew in stature as the game progressed. Playing in the centre of midfield Hicks dominated in the air and sprayed passes which belied the underfoot conditions in a man of the match performance.

With 10 minutes remaining winger Joe Buckle reduced the score to 4-2 and striker Dylan Davies scored to make the final few minutes a tense affair for the inexperienced visitors who were thankful for the composure to 51 year old goalkeeper Aaron Riley.

Riley made a string of fine saves to roll back the years as his experience as a Welsh league player with Haverfordwest County, albeit as a winger came to the fore, before referee Kevin Millich blew for full time.

St Ishmaels travelled to Pill Parks to take on a Llangwm side who progressed to Division 2 following three promotions in four years, but bowed out 2-0 in their first foray into the cup competition refereed by Karl Davies.

Tish scored a goal in each half with player manager Andrew Howells tapping in at the far post after nearly 30 minutes of the first half thanks to some excellent work wide out from Ieuan Hawkins. Home goalkeeper Ashley Bevans, standing between the sticks for his twin brother Anthony who was away training with the Royal Navy did well behind a back four led by veteran left back Gary Reynolds.

Glen Hewer, Dan Thomas and Martin John supported Reynolds in keeping the attacks at bay as the visiting midfield got the upper hand in the difficult conditions. In a game of few clear cut opportunities the tie was put to bed by Hawkins who capitalised on good wing play from Joseph Bates as in the first half to find space at the far post to score.

St Ishmaels will welcome Fishguard Sports to the Recreation ground, after they overcame Johnston 4-1 at Tregroes Park. The Sports were always in control of the game and led the ‘Tigers’ 2-0 thanks to strikes from former Goodwick midfielder Lewis Banks and Ryan Howells just before the half time whistle from referee Keith Amos.

Stand-in goalkeeper Lewis Boswell was blameless for the goals as the home side dominated possession against a side which lifted the West Wales Intermediate Cup just four seasons ago and they had a chance through striker Ryan Doyle just after the break when he should have pulled the score back to 2-1 when he was one on one with goal keeper.

The game went 4-0 to the Sports through defensive mistakes by centre back Jack Bevans, who lost his footing allowing Banks to score his second of the game before he was robbed close to his own 18 yard box and Matt Harries walked the ball into the net.

Doyle pulled a consolation back with a sumptuous strike before the end for Johnston who will now concentrate on pulling themselves away from second bottom of the league and the ignominy of successive relegations.

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Who needs what on the final day of the cricket season?

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THE final day of the cricket season is almost upon us and there are still some issues to be decided.

In Division 1, Cresselly sit top but they can still be caught by Llangwm. Llangwm sit 17 points behind and would need a 20-point win and hope that Cresselly pick up only two bonus points to win the league.

Cresselly need just the three points to be crowned Division 1 champions for the first time since

Sadly, both Haverfordwest and Pembroke Dock have already been relegated from Division 1.

The fight to see who will replace them is four-team battle. Burton sit top of the second Division, two points ahead of Herbrandston.

Whitland sit eight points further back in third and fourth placed Llechryd are only 13 points behind the top two.

Burton win and they go up as champions but anything less and Herbie will be champions instead if they win their game at Lamphey.

Should Burton lose that would open the door for Whitland or Llechryd, who play each other, to snatch promotion.

Whitland would need a 20-point win and hope that Burton or Herbie don’t get more than 10 to go up as champions or in second place.

If Llechryd beat Whitland they would also need Herbie to pick up less than seven points to achieve promotion.

At the bottom end, Pembroke sit bottom but could escape if they get a 20-point win and must hope Carew seconds and Lamphey get less than seven or five bonus points respectively.

Lamphey need a win to ensure their survival but Carew could relegate them if they win and Lamphey slip up.

In Division 3, Kilgetty have already secured promotion and will now be looking to win the league title. They play Haverfordwest seconds who sit in third place.

However, should Cresselly seconds win their game against Narberth seconds, they could be crowned champions if Kilgetty get less than ten points.

At the bottom end, Llanrhian seconds are already relegated but the fight is on to avoid the second relegation spot.

Neyland seconds hold that position at the moment and they need to win well and hope that Narberth seconds don’t get many bonus points from their game in order to stay up.

The Division 4 title has already been won by Burton seconds and one of Llangwm seconds or Llechryd seconds will join them in the third division next year.

Llangwm seconds visit Lawrenny seconds while Llechryd seconds host Carew thirds.

The Division 5 North title has already been won by Crymych and Kilgetty seconds are guaranteed a second placed finish.

Hundleton were crowned Division 5 South champions last weekend and Pembroke Dock seconds are guarnteed to finish in second.

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Bluebirds get season off to winning start

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HAVERFORDWEST County kick-started their 2022-23 JD Cymru Premier campaign with a 1-0 victory over Caernarfon Town at the Ogi Bridge Meadow on Saturday (Aug 13).

Jordan Davies’ header with 10 minutes remaining was enough to give the Bluebirds all three points, as they marked manager Tony Pennock’s first league game in charge in winning fashion.

In sweltering conditions at the Ogi Bridge Meadow – with the temperature reaching a high of 32°C – both teams showed impressive fitness levels to stick to their task throughout the 90 minutes.

County showed positive intent right from the off, with Jack Wilson having a couple of opportunities inside the opening six minutes which goalkeeper Josh Tibbetts was equal to.

Henry Jones then put a ball into the area which picked out Jordan Davies at the back post, but the forward was just unable to bring it under his spell to get a shot away.

Wilson had another chance not long after when Ryan George showed jet heels to beat his man before putting a ball into the area which picked the forward out, but his effort went over the crossbar.

Despite their early pressure, the Bluebirds could have found themselves behind but for some excellent last-ditch defending which saw Sion Bradley’s shot from inside the area blocked on its path to goal.

Striker Ben Fawcett was next to have an effort on goal when he picked the ball up from Jordan Davies and got a shot away, which was heading for the right corner, but Tibbetts got down to produce the save.

With the searing heat in mind, two water breaks were scheduled to be taken 25 minutes into both halves. While there was a risk that this stoppage in play could have taken some of County’s tempo away, this was not to be the case as they continued to play on the front foot.

The best chance of the first-half came 10 minutes before the break, when George again beat his opposite number and put a ball into the area which found Fawcett, but after having a couple of efforts from a few yards out, the ball was somehow kept out of the net.

The second-half followed a similar pattern to the first, with County dictating the play against a well-organised Canaries side.

Pennock’s side created three chances in as many minutes in the early stages of the second period, with Lee Jenkins – who was making his Bluebirds top-flight debut – heading just wide from a free-kick, before Jordan Davies’ cross-cum-shot was palmed behind from a corner and Fawcett had his shot from inside the area deflected just wide.

The game lost some of its tempo for a 15-minute period, but it was sparked back into life when Henry Jones’ shot from inside the area was inadvertently blocked on its path to goal by a teammate.

With the final 10 minutes approaching, it looked as if the match might be heading towards a stalemate, however the Bluebirds were finally able to make their pressure tell.

Henry Jones picked the ball up on the left side and delivered a pinpoint cross into the area which found Jordan Davies at the far post, and the striker guided his header home to send the home supporters wild and get his team off to a winning start to the Cymru Premier season.

Haverfordwest County are next in action on Saturday, August 20, when they travel to Maes Tegid to take on Bala Town (Kick-off 2.30pm).

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Carew claim Alec Colley Cup after beating Pembroke Dock in final

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CAREW won the Alec Colley Cup final on Sunday (Aug 14) as they beat Pembroke Dock by 138 runs.

The final was played in Pembroke in the hot weather and a good crowd gathered to cheer on both teams.

Carew, who won the competition in 2020, won the toss and chose to bat and they made a good score of 187-3 from their first 20 overs.

Scott Richards and Nick Scourfield made a good start for Carew as they shared 105 runs for the first wicket.

Scourfield hit four fours in his score of 36 but he was then caught by Adam Phillips off the bowling of Anton John.

Richards and Morgan Grieve added another 40 runs for the second wicket. Richards had hit 13 fours in his score of 78 from 58 balls but he was then caught by George Smith off the bowling of Owen Hughes.

Grieve was joined by Gareth Lewis and the pair added another 29 runs for the third wicket.

Grieve smashed six fours and three sixes in his score of 49 from 31 balls but he was caught by Camran Robinson off the bowling of Rob Hearn.

Dai Rees hit a late four for the Dock to push the score on and to give Carew a good start.

In reply, Anton John and Adam Phillips shared 54 runs for the first wicket. John hit two fours in his score of 20 before he was caught by Morgan Grieve off the bowling of Kerry Waters.

Phillips hit four fours in his score of 25 but he fell soon after when he was stumped by Grieve off the bowling of Barry Evans.

The same two combined again to remove Peter Kingdom as the Dock slipped to 65-3.

George Smith and Rob Hearn added another 18 runs for the fourth wicket but Evans and Grieve again combined to remove Smith on a score of 21.

Hearn and Bowyn Clark added 23 runs for the fifth wicket as they looked to push the score on in the final couple of overs.

Hearn scored 15 but he was then caught by Dai Rees off the bowling of Max Brindley.

In the last over Jacob Knox bowled Owen Hughes as the Dock recorded a total of 111-6 from their 20 overs.

That gave Carew a commanding 76-run lead at the interval.

Scott Richards and Nick Scourfield shared 39 runs for the first wicket of their second innings as they took their lead past 100 runs.

The Dock’s Anton John made the breakthrough as he had Scourfield caught by Alfie Brown on a score of 12.

Soon after George Smith bowled Richards on a score of 20 to leave Carew on 43-2.

Morgan Grieve and Gareth Lewis then shared another 140 runs as they continued to pile the runs on.

Grieve hit seven fours and three sixes in his score of 65 from 44 balls while Lewis hit nine fours as he finished unbeaten on 68 from 41 balls.

It saw Carew finish on 183-2 and it meant the Dock would need an unlikely 260 to win the game.

Max Brindley then bowled Anton John with the first ball. George Smith hit five fours in a score of 23 but he was then trapped leg before by Brindley.

Adam Phillips and Peter Kingdom then shared 81 runs for the third wicket. Phillips hit three fours in his score of 49 but he was then caught by Morgan Grieve off the bowling of Brindley.

Brindley then also bowled Rob Hearn for a second ball duck to leave the Dock on 105-4.

Kingdom hit four fours in his score of 36 but he was then caught by Jacob Knox off the bowling of Rhys Grigg.

Bowyn Clark and Owen Hughes finished unbeaten as they batted out their overs, the Dock finishing on 121-5.

It meant that Carew had once again won the Alec Colley Cup and afterwards, Carew’s Morgan Grieve was named man of the match.

Kevin Jenkins with Man of the Match Morgan Grieve
Pembroke Dock
Umpires: Trefor Evans & Chris Stapleton
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