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Blues hit back to beat Saints

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HAVERFORDWEST recovered from a poor start in their game with St Davids on Saturday (Feb 17), as they came from behind to record an eighth victory of the season.

As early as the first minute the Blues were on the back foot as a miss-placed pass saw the Saints kick the ball forward and when they caught up with the ball the Blues fouled which gave the visitors an early chance to take the lead.

Matty Mcleod was on kicking duties for the Saints but he sent his kick just wide of the posts.

Moments later, the Saints came forward once more but when a ruck was pulled down illegally, according to the referee, the visitors had a second chance to take the lead.

Mcleod again stepped up but he again sent his kick wide and the score remained 0-0.

The Saints were keeping the pressure on and that led to more Blues infringements before the visitors deservedly took the lead after ten minutes.

From a line out the Saints worked the ball out left and it was Rhys Morgan who powered his way over for the first score of the game.

Mcleod then found his shooting boots to send the conversion through the posts and give the Saints a 7-0 lead.

Try: Rhys Morgan scores the opening try of the game for St Davids

However, almost immediately the hosts were level as a good break by Dan John saw him burst through and go over for a try. Ollie Hughes then scored with the conversion to level the game at 7-7.

Despite being pegged back the Saints continued to play well and even stole a line out from the Blues to set up their own attack.

With twenty minutes on the clock it was the home side who took the lead as good play from Hughes found Rhys Baker who went over in the right hand corner.

Hughes then converted from right out on the touchline to give the home side a 14-7 lead.

Early Blues infringements then came back as Dave O’Leary was yellow carded giving the Saints a man advantage for ten minutes.

They were unable to make their advantage count and it was the Blues who looked the more likely to score as the half came to a close.

A third score before the break would have been harsh on St Davids and it almost came but the referee called a forward pass when Josh Atherton appeared to be free.

That meant it was 14-7 at half time and the Saints were still very much in the game.

It was the Blues who started the second half better and they were rewarded when Hughes went over for a try of his own which he also converted to make it 21-7.

The Saints continued to have good spells in the game but were unable to find a way through as the Blues infringements of the first half seemed to disappear from their game.

The home side also came close to a fourth try which would have given them a bonus point but they were denied by a great tackle and the score stayed the same.

It was a great performance by the Saints and if they continue to play the way they did in the first half, positive results will soon come their way.

The teams must now wait for their next game due to the Six Nations but they return to action on Saturday, March 3, when the Saints are at home to Laugharne and Haverfordwest are at home to new league leaders Pembroke.

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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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