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Pembroke seal promotion

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PEMBROKE sealed promotion to League 1 West on Saturday (Apr 13) as they beat Pontyberem 36-25 in a thrilling game.

Going into the game, Pembroke sat three points ahead of their promotion rivals and knew a win would see them go up. A Pontyberem win would have put them second with one game left to play.

A huge crowd gathered for the game in anticipation of a thrilling encounter and that is exactly what they were treated to.

Pontyberem took the lead early on with a penalty but Pembroke hit back.

Jack Smythe took the scoring pass from Tom Lewis to finish off an excellent team try and Toby Smith then added the extras to make it 3-7.

They soon had their second as a good break by the backs released Smythe to score his second try of the game and Smith added the extras.

Lewys Gibby then showed good pace out on the wing to cross for Pembroke’s third try which was also converted by Smith.

Scrum half Gwion Jones then darted over for a try for the home side to give them hope of a second half comeback.

Smith then scored a penalty to make it 8-24 but the home side very nearly scored shortly before the break. After an interception, Gibby got back to make an excellent try saving tackle keeping the score at 8-24.

However, at half time but Pembroke knew they would face a strong fight back from the Bont in the second half.

Matt Meredith scored the first try of the half for the Bont and the conversion made it 15-24.

Pembroke then extended their lead with their fourth try of the game to earn a bonus point as Jack Parkinson made a great break before passing to Gibby to score. The conversion was missed and the score stayed at 15-29.

The Bont then had their best spell of the game as tries from lock Matthew Lloyd and skipper Wayne Williams brought them back to within four points at 25-29.

It was an epic comeback by the Bont but the visitors then took control as Jordan Gwillam offloaded to Dan Colley who scored under the posts and Smith added the extras to make it 25-36.

Dom Colman, James Davies and Simon Stanford all came on in the second half and all put in good performances.

Pontyberem came back in the final ten minutes looking to get back into it but Pembroke defended excellently to keep them out.

Coach Geraint Lewis said after the game: “It was a huge performance, everyone put in a big shift from 1 to 20.

“It was a big result and there was great support as well. We’re looking forward to League 1 now. It’s fantastic for the club, it’s been a tremendous two years. We got promoted last season and we were hoping to cement our place in League 2 but we’ve only had two losses in the last thirteen games so it’s been a hell of a run.”

Pembroke now have one game remaining, away to St Clears on Saturday, April 27, and it is still possible for them to win the league.

However, should they win, that would mean them relying on a Penclawdd loss against Pontyberem but coach Lewis said he wasn’t concerned how they go up.

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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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Free multi-sports events for 5-7 year-olds in Haverfordwest

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SPORTS mad youngsters aged 5-7 and those looking to try out new sports and activities are invited to free multi-sport sessions in Haverfordwest.

The sessions run from 4.15pm to 5pm every Thursday during term time and are based on the Tennis Courts at Haverfordwest High VC School.

All sessions are free and there are a wide range of activities to try.

The sessions are run by Sport Pembrokeshire Staff and assisted by Young Ambassadors from Haverfordwest High

Local clubs also take part to run sessions and provide information on how to continue with any sport.

Parents/Carers who would like to sign children up for the session are required to complete the online form.

Dan Bellis of Sport Pembrokeshire, said: “It is great to see so many young people enjoying Sport and being physically active.

“The multi-sport sessions are great as they allow youngsters to try out so many different games and activities which really helps them to learn and develop.”

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Bike It 100: Kilgetty gears up for charity cycling event

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CYCLISTS from across the country are gearing up for the Kilgetty Bike It 100, a charity non-competitive cycling sportive set to take place on Sunday, 28th July 2024. Organised to support the Paul Sartori Foundation and Haverfordwest High School’s South Africa Rugby Tour 2025, the event promises a fun, friendly, and challenging day on the bike.

Participants can choose from three scenic routes of varying difficulty: 50.5 miles with an elevation of 3,400 feet, 77.8 miles with an elevation of 5,284 feet, and the full century route at 101.7 miles, climbing a total of 7,428 feet. Each route is meticulously planned with GPS guidance, direction markers, and designated water stops to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride.

Early bird entries are priced at £35 and are available until 31st May. Post this date, if slots remain, the entry fee will increase to £45. All participants will receive a commemorative Welsh slate medal upon completion. In addition to the ride, the event features organised outdoor BBQs, coffee stops, and well-earned drinks available for purchase at the finish, courtesy of Kilgetty Sports & Social Club.

The sportive has been a tremendous success in previous years, raising £12,000 in 2021 and 2023. Organisers hope to exceed this amount in 2024, bolstered by the community’s continued support and enthusiasm.

For more details and to register, participants can visit the British Cycling website or scan the QR code on the event poster. Queries can also be directed to [email protected].

Join us for a day of cycling through the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside, all while supporting two fantastic causes. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to ride, enjoy, and make a difference. Secure your spot today!

For more information, visit British Cycling Event Details.

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