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League cricket to make welcome return in Pembrokeshire

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FOR the first time in over 600 days, league cricket will make a welcome return to Pembrokeshire cricket pitches this Saturday (May 1).

The 2020 season was wiped out because of the coronavirus pandemic but cup competitions were able to be played.

A league cricket ball has not been thrown or batted in anger since August 24, 2019, and teams will be itching to get back out on the field.

Neyland were crowned Division 1 Champions in 2019 while Burton and Llangwm were unable to escape the drop to Division 2.

The Division 2 title was claimed by Narberth while Llechryd finished second to claim the other promotion spot.

Johnston and Cresselly seconds were relegated from the second division and their places will be taken by Division 3 winners Herbrandston and runners up Lamphey.

With the pandemic curtailing the 2020 season and the uncertainty over when the teams would return to action, Saturday’s games will be a big boost for all those involved.

Champions Neyland will get their season underway with a trip to newly promoted Llechryd.

Lawrenny, Division 1 runners up in 2019, start their season at home against Whitland.

Haverfordwest will take on new boys Narberth while Cresselly face Saundersfoot and St Ishmaels host Carew.

In Division 2, Pembroke, who finished third in the division in 2019, will travel to Hook on the opening day.

Llangwm host Lamphey and Carew seconds will be at home against Kilgetty.

Herbrandston are at home as they welcome Haverfordwest seconds while Pembroke Dock face Burton.

Llanrhian finished third in Division 3 in 2019 and they will be hoping for another successful season and they start their campaign at home against Johnston.

Elsewhere, Laugharne host Llangwm seconds while Stackpole will start their season away at Neyland seconds.

In Division 4, Crymych will host Hook seconds, Saundersfoot seconds host Carew thirds in a local derby while Burton seconds host Llechryd seconds.

Saturday will also be a big day for Fishguard as they get ready for their first game back after reforming in 2020. They will take on Herbrandston Seconds at Tregroes.

Hundleton missed out on promotion by five points in their last campaign and they will be aiming for a top two finish this year. They begin at home against Pembroke Dock seconds.

Pembroke seconds will take on Haverfordwest fourths while Stackpole seconds host Neyland thirds.

And if that wasn’t enough, a set of fixtures for the May day bank holiday (May 3) have also been scheduled.

Neyland’s first home game of the season will see them take on Narberth while Cresselly will host Lawrenny in a local derby.

Carew will be up against Haverfordwest, Whitland will face Tish and Saundersfoot host Llechryd.

In Division 2, Hook will host Llangwm, Pembroke host Pembroke Dock and Herbrandston will travel to Lamphey.

A full set of fixtures can be found on the Pembroke County Cricket Club website.

With the teams having been out of league action for well over a year, Saturday’s games may take some getting used to but it will be one that all players will just be looking forward to, to get back to some kind of normality once again.

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Goodwick prove too strong for Fishguard

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GOODWICK United maintained their excellent start to the season on Saturday (Oct 23) as they beat Fishguard 7-2 at Tregroes Park.

The game was just thirteen minutes old when the first goal went in as Luke Hayward set up Kieran O’Brien who scored his first Division 1 goal of the season.

They had to wait until the stroke of half time for their second goal and it was Hayward who was the creator again as this time he found Nathan Greene who made it 2-0.

Fishguard were not out of the game at half time and ten minutes into the second half they were back in it when O’Brien’s own goal made it 2-1.

However, just four minutes later, Iestyn Evans scored his second goal of the season to make it 3-1 to the visitors.

Rhys Dalling made it 4-1 soon after as Fishguard’s hopes of getting back into the game were all but over.

Jordan Griffiths then added Goodwick’s fifth goal of the game before Fishguard pulled a second goal back through Sean Seymour-Davies.

That proved to be a consolation effort though as Daniel James scored for Goodwick before Dalling rounded off the win with a penalty.

On Saturday, October 30, Goodwick host Hakin United in a battle of the top two teams in the division.

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Lawrenny upset Narberth in Senior Cup

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DIVISION 3 side Lawrenny beat Division 1 side Narberth in the Senior Cup on Saturday (Oct 23) to book their place in the second round of the competition.

It was an excellent win for Lawrenny which earns them a tie against neighbours Carew in the second round.

Narberth have struggled so far in Pembrokeshire’s top division but they went ahead on 19 minute when Matthew Kidney put the ball into his own net.

Lawrenny were not put off by that setback and in the space of six minutes they turned the game on its head.

Ben Adams scored to level the game and just a minute later Max James scored to put Lawrenny ahead.

Tom Cole then scored just after the half hour mark to give Lawrenny a 3-1 lead.

And just a minute into the second half it was 4-1 as Adams scored his second goal of the game.

He then completed his hat trick to all but seal Lawrenny’s passage into the second round.

However, Josh Layzell pulled a goal back for Narberth and Jordan Howell scored after to make it 5-3 to give the Division 1 side a bit of hope.

They were unable to find another goal though and Adams made sure of the result as he scored his fourth goal in the last minute of the game.

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Saints see off Pendine in Senior Cup

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ST Clears booked a second round Senior Cup tie with Monkton Swifts on Saturday (Oct 23) as they beat Pendine 2-0.

It was the first fixture between the two teams for ten years and excitement was building ahead of the game.

The first half was a quiet affair though as neither side was able to find any sort of rhythm in the tough conditions and the score was still 0-0 at half time.

The Saints came out for the second half with a bit more purpose and got their rewards when Ben John neatly beat two players and rolled the ball in to the bottom corner past Pendine keeper Jack Bowen.

St Clears continued to press but Pendine were putting up their best efforts to keep them out.

The Saints sealed the victory in the 80th minute when a long throw-in into the box was met by the head of Martin Thomas, who made no mistake from 6 yards out.

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