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Late winner gives Bluebirds the points

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Haverfordwest County 3
Monmouth Town 2
THE Bluebirds continued their fine start to the season with an entertaining 3-2 victory over Monmouth Town.
The home side left it late, but they have now won six of their seven games and remain top of Division One.
In front of a bumper crowd, the game started positively with both sides looking dangerous early on.
Monmouth’s ex-Carmarthen striker Nick Harrhy had the best chance to put the visitors ahead, but his header was weak and Chris Curtis easily took hold of the ball.
The game sparked into life in the 16th minute when the home side edged ahead.
Richie Lewis won the ball on the halfway line and played a beautiful pass down the wing for Jack Christopher. His cross was met by Steffan Williams who diverted the ball into the goal.
Three minutes later Williams combined well with Ricky Watts on the right before crossing to Christopher who turned and fired in from 12 yards.
However, just two minutes later Monmouth were back in the game. Sam Palmer’s cross caused problems among the Blues defence and Elliott Ford was in the right place to drive the ball home from close range.
The Blues could have gone further ahead in the 35th minute when Christopher swung a cross-field ball for Lewis, he crossed into the box but Christopher was inches away from making contact.
A pulsating first half ended with the Bluebirds leading 2-1 but the game was far from over.
Monmouth came out in the second half looking for an equaliser an almost got it. Ford fired in a fine volley which drew an equally fine save from Curtis.
But moments later the away side were level. Ford crossed for Harrhy who pounced to put the ball into the back of the net.
Both sides pushed on looking for a winner. The Blues came close when Christopher and goalkeeper Blackburn both went for the ball. Luckily for Monmouth the ball bounced just wide.
As the game entered its final stages it was still unclear who would come out on top. It was the Blues who scored the winner with only three minutes left. A long ball was played over the top and Williams latched on to it and suddenly found himself one-on-one with Blackburn, and he rounded the keeper to give his side the win.
This Saturday the Blues are away to West End in the second round of the Welsh Cup.

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Harrison Allen: Lawrenny go through to quarter finals

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LAWRENNY booked their place in the quarter finals of the Harrison Allen Bowl on Wednesday night (May 25) as they beat Burton by nine wickets.

Lawrenny won the toss and elected to field and they were able to bowl Burton out for just 93.

Burton lost James Davies early on as he was caught by Tom Cole off the bowling of Jamie Lewis.

Ryan Morton also claimed two wickets as Burton slipped to 58-3.

That brought Luke Hayman into the middle with brother Toby and the pair took the score to 67-3 after 13 overs.

Toby reached a score of 37 before heading back to the pavilion while Luke added 12.

Steve Lewis was in fine form for Lawrenny as he took five wickets to finish with 5-13 while Ryan Morton finished with 2-26.

There were also wickets from Jamie Lewis (1-14) and Finley Lewis (1-7).

In reply, Steve Lewis scored 23 before he was sent back. Harry Thomas finished unbeaten on 23 while Troy Purslowe was not out on 45.

It sets up a quarter final against the winners of the game between Hundleton and Cresselly.

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Llangwm edge past Tish to book Harrison Allen quarter final spot

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LLANGWM secured their place in the quarter finals of the Harrison Allen Bowl on Wednesday night (May 25) as they beat St Ishmaels by 4 runs.

Tish won the toss and chose to field and they restricted Llangwm to 146-9 in their 22 overs.

Noah Davies and Joe Kiff made a good start for the hosts as they shared 67 runs for the first wicket.

Kiff was the first man to go as he was caught by Ieuan Hawkins off the bowling of Brennan Devonald on a score of 27 that had included two fours and two sixes.

Soon after, Davies, who had hit one of each boundary in his score of 27, was also following Kiff back to the pavilion after being bowled by Jonathan Pawlett.

Pawlett also claimed the wicket of Will Beresford before Steven Mills departed on a score of 16 (1 four, 1 six) when he was caught and bowled by Devonald.

That left Llangwm on 107-4 but scores of 15 from Matthew Kiff and 16 not out from David Lewis saw them to their total.

For Tish, Pawlett finished with excellent figures of 4-41 while Devonald finished with 3-25.

Peter Bradshaw hit two early fours in his score of 12 but he was run out.

Karl Rhead and Andrew Palmer shared 42 runs for the second wicket as Palmer made his way to a score of 35.

Rhead was bowled by Steven Mills who then did the same to Brennan Devonald moments later.

Palmer had reached 42 with five fours and a six but when he was brilliantly caught by Luke Brock off the bowling of Mills, Tish had slipped to 77-4.

Phil Cockburn and Jonathan Pawlett then shared 23 runs for the fifth wicket as they looked to keep Tish in the game.

Pawlett hit a six but was then caught by Oliver Davies to give Mills his fourth wicket and figures of 4-28.

Cockburn and Andew Pawlett then shared 37 runs for the sixth wicket as they took the tie down to the final over of the game.

They scored 17 runs off the 20th over and 18 runs off the 21st over meaning they would need 11 off the final over to win it.

Cockburn took a run off the first to bring Pawlett on strike. After missing the third ball he went for a run that wasn’t there and keeper Beresford ran out Cockburn.

He had hit two fours and three sixes in his score of 39 from 30 balls.

Andrew Pawlett and Andrew Williams could only take five runs from the next five balls but it wasn’t enough for victory.

Pawlett finished unbeaten on a score of 20 from 11 balls with one four and two sixes.

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Crymych Panthers hold Boccia competition

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CRYMYCH Panthers Boccia Club recently held their first in-house Boccia competition, with eight members competing in two categories: BC1&2 (participants with a physical impairment) and BC8 (participants with an intellectual impairment).

Games were played in a round robin style competition. The final of the BC1&2 between Racheal Bailey and James Pugh was a very close game with James winning by 3 points to 1. The BC 8 final was between Yvonne Berry and Dewi Evans. Dewi won by 10 points to nil, back on form as a former Welsh international Special Olympic team member.

The competition was sponsored by Andrew Scott Davies of Pembroke who took part in the 2021 CARTEN 100 bike to assist the club.

Andrew Scott Davies presenting the winners and runners up with their trophies. All participants received a certificate of attendance.

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