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Late winner gives Bluebirds the points



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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Goodwick bow out of West Wales Cup



GOODWICK United bowed out of the West Wales Cup as they were beaten 1-0 by South Gower on Saturday (Dec 4).

The West Wales Premier League side travelled to Pembrokeshire on the back of four straight wins, including their 21-0 demolition of Hendy in the second round of the competition.

This time though they came up against a Goodwick United who were yet to taste defeat this season.

The only goal of the game came sixteen minutes in as Ieuan Priede headed South Gower ahead.

Goodwick had a number of chances throughout the game but were unable to find an equaliser.

Nathan Greene and Johnny Horgan were both brought on to try and change the outcome but their opponents held on to book their place in the next round.

On Saturday, December 11, Goodwick return to Division 1 action with a trip to St Ishmaels.

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Carew go through in extra time



CAREW needed extra time to beat Tumble to book their place in the next round of the West Wales Cup on Saturday (Dec 4).

Shaun Whitfield had put Carew ahead at the end of first half stoppage time but just four minutes into the second half, Trystan Leech pulled Tumble level.

Jordan Richards then scored Carew’s second to put them back ahead and Whitfield’s second goal looked to have sealed the visitors’ passage into the last sixteen.

However, Leech grabbed his second five minutes from time to give the home side hope of forcing the game into extra time.

And Leech completed his hat trick in the 92nd minute to make it 3-3 and to ensure the teams would be playing another 30 minutes.

In the first period of extra time it was Carew who got the goal to put them back in the lead with Harvey Langston scoring.

Tumble were unable to find a way back this time and Joe Williams’ goal two minutes from the end secured the win for the Rooks.

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Narberth seconds earn bonus point win over Aber



NARBERTH seconds (also known as Narberth Athletic) travelled to Aberystwyth as they looked to leapfrog Newcastle Emlyn at the top of the West Wales Conference League.

There was a gale blowing straight down the pitch from the clubhouse, which made attractive rugby difficult in such cold weather conditions.

Narberth lost the toss and played with the wind. They put the home side under pressure for most of the first period using the elements to their advantage and scored two good tries through scrum half Jordan James and livewire flanker Dylan Walsh and, converted by Shane Rossiter but was a 12 point advantage enough going into the second half?

Narberth coach James Merriman sent on two heavyweight replacements at half time in Daf Walters and Jac Norcross to help carry the ball against the elements.

The tactics worked superbly with Walters rumbling over for two tries and centre Ryan Scourfield rounding off a tremendous second half performance for the young Otters going over under the posts to put the score beyond doubt and an excellent bonus point win.

After the game and changing out of their playing strip, the boys then put on their Santa outfits for the Christmas social and long drive home.

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