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Milford secure survival

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MILFORD Haven Ladies, playing their last game of the season on Saturday (Mar 30), were aware that a win in this game would secure them from being relegated and that, in order to do so, they would have to overcome a strong Bridgend team who were lying in mid-table.

From the start Milford knew that they needed to score first to put pressure on the visitors and there was end to end hockey with both teams determined to be the first on the score board.

However, it was Milford Haven’s Charlotte Davies playing out of her skin that caused Bridgend’s defence to fault in their ‘D’ awarding the home team a short corner Meg Evans delivered the ball to Captain Rachel Coe who was able to get a good strike and spot the ball in the goal 20 minutes into the game.

Milford Ladies knew this wasn’t over by a long way and still had to fight hard to keep the lead as Bridgend were using their chances well but luckily Milford’s defence and goal keeper managed to keep them at bay.

With five minutes to go till half time Bridgend were forced to fault again awarding Milford Haven another short corner. Again Meg Evans delivered to Rachel Coe who managed to make it a brace making it 2-0 going into half time.

After a sterling half time team talk by Captain Coe, Milford Ladies came out determined to keep their lead and knew it was going to be a long 35 minutes.

Both Megan Jones and Lucy Mackintosh had chances at the beginning of the second half which was positive as Milford were still attacking well as a team.

Bridgend were awarded three consecutive short corners but again the defence of Meg Evans, Kate Farr, Vicki John and Emma Summons dug deep and defended well.

With 15 minutes to go Milford were awarded a free hit, Charlotte Davies placed the ball well in the ‘D’ to Jemma Phillips who placed the ball passed the goalkeeper making it 3-0.

Bridgend came back fighting for a goal but every member of the Milford team worked hard and made this impossible for them and Milford finished the stronger of the teams and came away with a fine victory.

Captain Rachel Coe stated: “I was so proud of the team today it was by far our best game of the season, every player gave 100% and we worked together as a team and played some superb hockey. “We look forward in anticipation to next season in Division 1, all the youngsters will have learned from the hard season we have had but it’s onwards and upwards to next year.”

Players of the match: “the team”

Milford: Emilie Zatac (GK), Meg Evans, Vicki John, Kate Farr, Alice Wonnacott, Cerys Jones, Charlotte Davies, Emma Summons, Georgia Davies, Jemma Phillips, Kacey Arran, Lucy Mackintosh, Megan Jones, Rachel Coe.

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Bluebirds return to winning ways as Veale’s free kick sinks Archers

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HAVERFORDWEST County got back to winning ways on Tuesday night (Sept 27) as they beat Cardiff Met 1-0 at the Ogi Bridge Meadow.

Jamie Veale’s second half free kick proved enough for Tony Pennock’s side who now sit seventh in the JD Cymru Premier table.

In the third minute, Dylan Rees sent a ball forward to Jack Wilson but his cross was pushed away by Met keeper Alex Lang.

A miss-timed header then sent Jordan Davies in but his effort was blocked.

The Bluebirds continued to search for the opener and on 27 minutes, a pass from Elliot Scotcher sent Wilson in but he saw his shot saved. The rebound fell to Jordan Davies but his shot was blocked.

Towards the end of the half, Met pushed forward and Matt Chubb went on a good run down the right but he saw his shot go wide.

Harry Owen also tried his luck but saw his shot saved by County keeper Zac Jones and the sides went in at the break with the score locked at 0-0.

There was an even start to the second half as both sides looked to dominate. A cross into the Met box was headed clear by Emlyn Lewis while Craig Davies sent a cross in at the other end but no one could get on the end of it.

On 72 minutes Jordan Davies reacted quickly to head the ball goalwards but he saw his effort go over the bar.

Four minutes later though the Bluebirds were awarded a free kick wide on the left. Veale took it and the ball floated all the way in to give the home side the lead.

Wilson then saw a shot go wide as the Bluebirds looked to make the points safe.

The Met pushed late on as Eliot Evans saw a shot deflected wide while Sam Jones shot over the bar in time added on.

The Bluebirds held on for a welcome win, with Rhys Abbruzzese being named player of the match.

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Whitland earn win at Pembroke

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WHITLAND earned their first win of the season on Saturday (Sept 24) as they beat Pembroke 20-33.

Pembroke landed an early penalty through Harry Fletcher but the visitors hit back with two converted tries.

There was another penalty for Fletcher to make it 14-6.

Whitland thought they had another try when Callum Evans touched down but it was harshly ruled out as the referee had spotted some crossing moments before.

The visitors then scored another try which was also converted as they took a 6-21 lead in at the break.

Pembroke hit back in the second half with tries from Lloyd Davies and Sam Smith who finished off after a barnstorming run. Fletcher added both conversions.

Whitland pulled away though with further tries to seal the win.

Liam Price scored a hat trick of tries for Whitland and others came from Ianto Davies and Geraint Jones. Jones added the rest of the points from the boot.

On Saturday, October 1, Pembroke travel to Llanelli Wanderers while Whitland host Llangennech.

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Kilgetty edge Clarby in seven-goal thriller

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KILGETTY made it two wins from two on Saturday (Sept 24) as they beat Clarbeston Road 4-3.

Ben John put Clarby ahead after eight minutes but their lead only lasted for two minutes.

Adam Johns levelled for Kilgetty and ten minutes later Josh Bevan put his side ahead.

Richard Cope then made it 3-1 to the visitors shortly after the half-hour mark.

Clarby were not out of the game though and on the stroke of half time John scored his and Clarby’s second to make it 2-3.

It remained that way until the 89th minute when Rheinallt George put the goal in his own net to all but seal the points for Kilgetty.

There was still time for more goals as Richard Bevan scored in the 92nd minute to make it 4-3.

They were unable to find a late equaliser though as Kilgetty held on for the win.

On Saturday, October 1, Kilgetty face Angle in the first round of the Senior Cup. Clarbeston Road are also in action in the Senior Cup as they host Carew, both matches kicking off at 1:45pm.

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