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Woodrow and Harding doubles send Hakin through to Senior Cup final

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HAKIN United will play Clarbeston Road in the final of the Senior Cup as they withstood a second half fightback from Carew to win their Semi-final 4-2 on Tuesday night (Mar 6).

Goals from Justin Harding and Nicky Woodrow had given the Vikings a 3-0 half time lead but Carew hit back in the second half through Ian Derbyshire and Alex Bayley to make it 3-2.

The Rooks poured forward looking for an equaliser but it wasn’t to be as Woodrow scored his second of the night to make it 4-2 and all but seal their passage into the final.

Despite the recent weather, the game was played on an excellent Bridge Meadow surface and a good crowd gathered to watch.

The first real chance of the game fell to Hakin after seven minutes when a cross from the right from Jack Wilson was glanced wide by the head of Nicky Woodrow.

Wilson then ran in from the wing before firing a strong shot towards goal which Carew keeper Tom Davies did well to tip over the bar.

Two minutes later Alex Bayley ran towards the goal but his drive was always going over the bar.

With twenty minutes gone, the ball broke kindly for Sam Christopher but his cross flashed across the face of goal before being kicked out for a corner.

The opening goal of the game came after 25 minutes as Wilson played the ball into the box for Justin Harding who turned well to fire the ball into the bottom left corner of the net.

Carew again came close to scoring but another cross from Christopher was also cleared with players coming in.

Just after the half hour, Hakin doubled their lead as Carew failed to clear a corner and the ball fell to Harding who shot on the turn into the roof of the net from six yards out to make it 2-0.

Carew would have hoped to see the half out with no more goals but Hakin had other ideas and Harding turned provider as his cross flew over the Carew defenders to Woodrow at the back post and he fired the ball back into the bottom right corner.

Shortly before the break, Carew were given a free kick in a dangerous position but Jack Christopher sent the ball just over the bar.

On the stroke of half time Wilson played in Harding once more but this time Carew keeper Davies made a good save to tip the ball over.

The Rooks had a mountain to climb in the second half but they started well and were rewarded thirteen minutes in as Jack Christopher headed the ball towards goal and Ian Derbyshire was on hand to knock the ball home to give his side a way back into the match.

Soon after they pulled a second goal back as an initial shot was saved by Hakin keeper Adrian Devonald but he parried the ball into the path of Alex Bayley who tapped the ball home to make it 3-2.

The Rooks poured forward looking for an equaliser and Iwan Izzard’s cross just had too much on it as it went out before anyone could get a touch.

However, with just over ten minutes to go, Hakin broke from their own half and Harding squared the ball into the box for Woodrow who rounded the keeper to tap into the empty net for 4-2.

Carew had a late chance to pull a goal back but Jack Christopher headed wide from a corner and Hakin saw out the last few minutes to book a first Senior Cup final appearance since 2016.

They will play Clarbeston Road in the final after they beat Merlins Bridge 2-1 in the other semi-final.

The final will again be played at the Bridge Meadow on Saturday, April 21.

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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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