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Town maintain place at the top

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HAVERFORDWEST’s Simon Holliday scored top scored with 83 runs as he helped his side post a large total in their game with BURTON on Saturday (Jun 23).

Holliday was well supported by Lee Summons who added 45 while scores of 58 from Adam James and 52 not out from Dai Davies helped them post 277-5.

Burton then struggled to reach their target as Adam James took six wickets and Johnnie White took two. Matthew Davies scored 23 but he was their highest scorer as Burton were bowled out for 69.

NEYLAND ended their recent losing streak as they earned a draw with ST ISHMAELS on Saturday.

The All Whites posted another big total of 246-7 in their innings with Paul Murray scoring 72 and Nick Koomen adding 86, while Henry Durrant finished not out on 42.

Phil Cockburn then scored 58 not out in Tish’s reply and Andrew Williams scored 60 as they finished short of their target on 171-7.

WHITLAND ensured an early afternoon finish on Saturday as they dismissed JOHNSTON for just 42 before reaching their target in double quick time.

Johnston’s Chris Goodridge was his side’s top scorer with 17 runs but Iestyn Scourfield was in fine form for Whitland as he took six wickets. Steffan James also took four wickets.

Dylan Blain scored 23 in reply for Whitland and although Liam James took two wickets for the home side, Whitland eased to their target.

KILGETTY boosted their survival hopes as they picked up their first win of the season with a seven-wicket win at LAWRENNY.

Lawrenny batted first and were all out for 167 with Brad McDermott-Jenkins scoring 36 and Joe Kidney scoring 34.

Ross Hardy and Jack Parkinson each took three wickets for Kilgetty before Hardy scored 40 in their reply. Kyle Marsh scored 44 and Toby Poole finished not out on 45 to help his side over the line.

Kilgetty now sit just a point behind third from bottom St Ishmaels and fourth from bottom Burton.

CRESSELLY bounced back from last week’s defeat to Lawrenny as they eased to a comfortable victory over LLANGWM on Saturday.

Llangwm’s batsmen failed to make double figure scores as they were all out for 60 with Dan James taking five wickets. Sam Harts also struck twice before Dan Sutton scored 31 and Ryan Lewis added 29 to help their side to victory.

Haverfordwest now top the table by 21 points from second placed Cresselly with the two teams playing each other in Cresselly this weekend (Jun 30) in what should be an excellent match.

The game between the two teams finished in a draw earlier in the season and it is likely to be another close game with both teams battling it out for the Division 1 title.

Also on Saturday, Whitland are at home as they take on Lawrenny and Neyland are away as they travel to Llangwm.

Kilgetty will look to pick up another win when they take on Burton while St Ishmaels are at home to Johnston.

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Wales international Johnny Williams signs new Scarlets contract

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THE SCARLETS said this week that they are delighted to announce that Wales international centre Johnny Williams has signed a new contract with the club.

The 27-year-old joined the Scarlets from Newcastle Falcons in 2020 and after just four appearances earned his first Wales cap, against Georgia in Llanelli.

A powerful-carrying presence in the Scarlets midfield, he has since made 46 appearances, scoring six tries, including a memorable interception in last season’s Challenge Cup quarter-final win over Clermont Auvergne.

He has won seven caps for Wales, featuring at the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.

Scarlets head coach Dwayne Peel said: “Johnny has been a key member of the side in recent years. He’s a player who is a dynamic carrier, is physical with and without the ball, has a good skill set and has an impact on every game he’s involved in.

“He is an important cog in how we look to play and it’s fantastic that he has agreed a new contract with the club. I know the fans will be thrilled with this news and, along with the likes of Eddie James, Joe Roberts and with Macs Page coming through, we have a lot of talent in that midfield pool for the coming years.”

Johnny Williams said: “I am delighted to have signed a new contract. It has been a frustrating season in terms of results, but I am excited by the potential of the squad we are putting together.

“A lot of young boys have put their hands up and we showed during the final few games of the season the kind of rugby we can produce.

“Pre-season will be around before we know it and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in, ready for a big start to next season.”

Johnny is the latest player to recommit to the Scarlets ahead of the 2024-25 campaign, following Tonga lock Sam Lousi, Wales internationals Tom Rogers and Harri O’Connor and back-rowers Dan Davis and Ben Williams.

Scarlets have also strengthened their squad with the addition of hooker Marnus van der Merwe (Toyota Cheetahs), prop Alec Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs), full-back Ellis Mee (Nottingham), lock Max Douglas (Toyota Canon Eagles), Wales international prop Henry Thomas (Castres Olympique) and back-three player Blair Murray (Canterbury).

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Osasuna welcomes Haverfordwest County A.F.C.

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THE PRESIDENT of Haverfordwest County AFC, Rob Edwards, visited the Navarrese club to learn more about the work the Club is doing on and off the field

Pamplona (Wednesday, June 19, 2024) – Club Atlético Osasuna welcomed Haverfordwest County A.F.C. president Rob Edwards this morning. During his visit, the president of the Cymru Premier team, the top tier of Welsh football, met with Rojillo president Luis Sabalza to talk about the work Osasuna is doing on and off the field. Later, he visited the Tajonar Sports Complex to learn more about the job done at the academy level. Today’s meeting was the Union of European Clubs Board members’ first meeting.

For the president of the Navarrese club, this type of encounter is essential as it showcases the growth Osasuna is having at a global level. “I think it is crucial because, recently, it seemed as if Osasuna only had relevance in our region and our community. However, Osasuna has gained worldwide notoriety through the Spanish Supercup and the Conference League. It has brought us a ton of joy that many clubs and executives want to come to know Osasuna and the work we do on and off the field and with our academy because it shows that we are not only doing good; we are doing great. Our goal is to make Osasuna known worldwide,” Sabalza said.

Haverfordwest County A.F.C. sees Osasuna as a model club for growth. “We are a small club, and we are looking to grow on and off the pitch, as well as our infrastructure, fan engagement, and community reach. It is always fascinating how bigger clubs can fix these problems… The objectives and solutions are very similar despite the size of the club compared to ours. Many clubs outside the elite European group will have the same challenges. It is great to understand how they overcome them and how they continue to grow and develop,” Edwards mentioned.

It is not only Osasuna’s front office work that caught the attention of the Haverfordwest County A.F.C. chairman but also the club’s work at the academy level. Edwards visited the Tajonar Sports Complex to learn more about the academy. While in Tajonar, he met with Tajonar director Ángel Alcalde and Tajonar technical director Patxi Puñal, who presented him with ‘Método Tajonar,’ the academy’s work method.

“[Osasuna and Haverfordwest County] share the same ethos of bringing through young players to the first team and giving young players a pathway into a career in football. I think the mindset of a club like Osasuna and what we are trying to achieve in Wales at our club is very similar. It’s been really interesting to come and understand how you work with the local community and how you engage to fill up the stadium and create such an amazing atmosphere,” Edwards highlighted.

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Haverfordwest County officials to visit Atlético Osasuna for strategic discussions

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NEXT week, Haverfordwest County A.F.C. chairman Robb Edwards and COO Beccy Nuttall will travel to Spain to visit Club Atlético Osasuna. During their visit, they will engage in high-level discussions with Osasuna’s upper management, focusing on community and fan engagement strategies.

In April, both Haverfordwest County A.F.C. and Club Atlético Osasuna were appointed to the Executive Board of the Union of European Clubs (UEC), an international organisation established in April 2023. The UEC was founded to provide a voice to the 92% of professional football clubs that often go unheard. The Union aims to democratise decision-making processes in European football, ensuring that each club has a vote and that the destiny of the sport is not determined solely by the wealthiest clubs on the continent.

“We look forward to this meeting with Osasuna and hope our collaboration with other clubs continues to grow,” said Edwards. The upcoming visit underscores the commitment of both clubs to fostering stronger ties and working collaboratively to shape the future of European football.

The discussions will likely cover a range of topics, from enhancing fan experiences to developing community outreach programmes, reflecting the shared values and objectives of both clubs within the UEC framework.

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