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Hakin claim title and cup double with draw in Goodwick

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HAKIN United are the Champions of Division 1 of the Pembrokeshire League after they came from behind to draw 4-4 with West Wales Cup Champions Goodwick United on Thursday night (May 17) in a game that just about had it all.

Going into the game Goodwick were six points behind with two games left to play and knew they needed to win to keep their title hopes alive.

Anything less would mean that Hakin would be crowned champions with a game still to come and it seemed the Vikings were determined to get the job done on Thursday.

The draw means Hakin have sealed a League and Senior Cup double, the first time they have done so since the 2010/11 season.

Hakin took the lead early as Justin Harding poked the ball home from close range.

Goodwick’s hopes of getting back into the game were then dealt a blow as Kieran O’Brien was sent off.

Harding then grabbed his second goal of the game as he scored to give the Vikings one hand on the title.

The visitors continued to press and it was soon 3-0 as Nicky Woodrow scored with a delightful chip over Goodwick keeper James Gwilt.

It remained 3-0 at half time and it seemed there was no way back for Goodwick, but no one told them that.

Moments after the restart the ball was sent into the box and after an almighty scramble the ball eventually nestled in the net, seemingly coming off a Hakin player last.

The home side were then awarded a penalty and Adam Raymond stepped up to take it, scoring to make it 3-2.

The Pheonix Boys were then level as the ball fell kindly for top scorer Jordan Griffiths who volleyed the ball home.

Their remarkable comeback was complete as Adam Raymond slotted another penalty into the net to put the home side into the lead for the first time at 4-3.

Hakin knew that they only needed one goal to claim the title and they came agonisingly close when Ryan Wilson’s close range shot cannoned back off the bar.

Just as it looked like Hakin might have to wait until Monday for the title, Shane Walsh popped up in injury time, like he did against Merlins Bridge the previous week, to score the equalising goal.

It was an excellent game from both sides and a fantastic advert for Pembrokeshire football.

Goodwick’s comeback from 3-0 down was the stuff of champions but Hakin showed why they have been up at the top for so long to get the point they needed to seal the title.

The two teams must do it all again now on Monday (May 21), as they play the reverse fixture at the Obs in the final game of the season, with Hakin receiving the title following the game.

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Narberth hosts Under 8s Rugby festival

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ON a cold Sunday morning (Sept 25) with temperatures barely above 10 degrees and with occasional rain and drizzle to dampen things down, a lively bunch of parents and coaches were entertained by youngsters learning and honing their rugby skills at the Lewis Lloyd ground which is the home of Narberth rugby.

It was a Lovely festival at home for the U8s of Narberth RFC and the young Otters won all their games:

Narberth 6 Llangwm 2
Tries from: 

Joe H x2
Danny E x1
Frankie P x2
Morgan R x1

Narberth 5 St Davids 2
Tries:

Noah L x1
Joe H x2
Danny E x2

Narberth 5 Pembroke 1
Tries:

Noah L x 2
Frankie P x 2
Molly J x1

Narberth 6 Milford 1
Tries:

Noah L x1
Jac M x1
Joe H x 1
Danny E x 2
Arthur P x 1

All the young players, boys and girls in the mixed team, were very pleased to be sporting their new kit, sponsored by RTS Lime Conservation and Tlysau’r Mor.

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Narberth Athletic seal big win over Emlyn

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THIS was a game of two halves, with Narberth playing at home on a very cold Saturday (Sept 24).

The visitors caused Narberth all sorts of problems at the breakdown in a frustrating first half of 40 minutes, the home team conceded 14 penalties but scored one try through Ryan Scourfield. Half time score 7-3.

After a good half time team talk from coaches Matt Davies and James Merriman, Narberth came out in the second half with a bit more enthusiasm and started to play at their renowned fast-running tempo creating some quick ball for the backs to work off, soon the tries started to come, scoring five tries in a purple ten-minute patch through players Ryan Scourfield, Shane Rossiter, Jordie James and Will (Pop) Davies.

During the second half, with Ryan Scourfield going over for his hat trick, two more tries followed from outside centre Llew Jones and Owain Hughes finishing off a superb display of running rugby.

Llew Jones moves the ball on

Shane Rossiter added four conversions to take the tally over 50 points. The running and linking play of the Narberth backs outclassed the visitors who never managed to breakdown the Narberth defence so they were unable to score any tries throughout the game.

Man of the match was awarded to flanker No 6 Jack Tucker on his first game back after a spell in Tenby.

A large crowd turned out to watch the squad and were well entertained. They enjoyed a social gathering in the clubhouse afterwards to finish the day off.

Sadly, one of the substitutes of the Newcastle Emlyn team, No. 6 Flanker Shaun Hawkins, suffered a leg and groin injury five minutes into the second half so he was taken to Withybush Hospital for a review. Narberth RFC wish him a speedy recovery.

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Narberth hold on for thrilling win over Bedwas

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NARBERTH travelled to Bedwas on Saturday (Sept 24) and came away with an excellent win at a ground where they hadn’t won for many years.

The young Otters team started well and within minutes a break from the base of a Narberth scrum led to centre Ilan Phillips sprinting in near the posts for a try which was converted by fly half Ianto Griffiths (0-7).

Shortly afterwards swift passing of the ball along the Narberth back line resulted in wing Josh Davies scoring in the corner. The try went unconverted (0-12).

Bedwas got themselves back into the game when the Bedwas scrum half took a quick penalty five metres from the Narberth line and scored under the posts. The Bedwas fly half converted to make the score 7-12.

Both teams attempted to run the ball at every opportunity but defences held firm until the ball unexpectedly popped out of the back of the Bedwas scrum and flanker Tom Powell was on hand to receive a pass and charge downfield. He raced a full 50 yards with no-one able to catch him until he reached the Bedwas try line and scored under the posts. Griffiths converted (7-19).

Then just before the break Bedwas were guilty of holding onto the ball on the ground and Griffiths kicked the penalty to make the half time score 7-22.

In the second half Bedwas came out far more determined and the Otters were forced to defend for long periods close to their try line. Eventually the Bedwas openside flanker raced over to score in the corner. The conversion attempt failed (12-22).

Within minutes Bedwas had scored again when from a lineout on the Narberth 5 metre line a rolling maul enabled the Bedwas hooker to score a try wide out and the conversion attempt was successful (19-22).

The Otters were now under constant pressure and the home crowd were jubilant when a further try was scored in the corner by the Bedwas right wing which was again converted to put the home team in the lead for the first time in the match by 26 points to 22.

However Narberth refused to give up and with ten minutes remaining they managed to score their fourth try when Josh Davies beat his man along the left touchline and passed inside to his supporting scrum half Lewys Gibby who scored the winning try wide out. The conversion attempt failed but the Otters held out for the remaining minutes to win an exciting and enthralling match 26-27.

After the match coach Sean Gale said: “I’m very pleased to come away with a win. We had 7 players in the squad today who were under 23 years of age and as a coaching team we feel we are doing our best to develop the young players in the area which augurs well for the future of the Club.”

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