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Neyland win thrilling Village Cup semi despite Morton century

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NEYLAND are through to the area final of the Village Cup after they beat Lawrenny by just 6 runs on Sunday (May 30).

Neyland won the toss and chose to bat but they lost opener George Evans early on when he was caught by Will Allen off the bowling of Jamie Lewis.

Lewis also had Henry Durrant caught by Kyle Marsh and when he bowled Brad McDermott-Jenkins, Neyland were struggling on 21-3.

Nick Koomen made a good score of 31 but he was also caught by Marsh off the bowling of Ryan Morton.

Ross Hardy and Gregg Miller then shared 43 runs for the fifth wicket. That partnership was broken by Lewis who had Miller caught by Marsh once again on a score of 13.

Hardy and Andrew Miller then shared another good stand worth 39 runs which also saw Hardy reach his half century.

Matt Lewis took the wicket of Andrew Miller before Hardy and Sean Hannon shared 53 runs for the seventh wicket partnership.

Hannon hit one six in a score of 15 but he was then bowled by Matt Lewis and soon after he removed Hardy just three runs short of a century.

His score of 97 came off 86 balls and included seven fours and six sixes.

Neyland reached a total of 204-9 from their 40 overs, setting Lawrenny 205 to win the game.

In reply, Sean Hannon picked up an early wicket before Kyle Marsh and Joe Kidney shared 36 runs for the second wicket.

Kidney hit three fours and a six in a score of 22 from 20 balls but he was then trapped leg before by Brad McDermott-Jenkins.

He also had Kyle Marsh caught by Nick Koomen on a score of 29 to leave Lawrenny on 55-3.

Ryan Morton and Alfie Buckle looked to get things going again for the home side but Andrew Miller had Buckle caught by Gregg Miller as the score moved on to 84-4.

Morton and Matt Lewis then shared 47 runs for the fifth wicket which also saw Morton reach his half century.

McDermott-Jenkins then bowled Lewis on a score of 9 and soon after, Jack John bowled Rhyddian Eynon, leaving Lawrenny on 140-6 in the 34th over.

Needing 65 off the final six overs, Morton hit a number of sixes as he looked to keep his side in with a chance of victory.

James Buckle also hit two sixes in a score of 17 but he was then ran out by Sean Hannon.

Morton hit five fours and eight sixes as he finished not out on 100 but it wasn’t enough to earn the win for his side.

They needed 14 from the final over but Jack John bowled well to ensure there were no boundaries as Lawrenny finished seven runs short of their target.

It means Neyland will now go on to play Cresselly in the zone final of the Village Cup which takes place on Sunday, June 6.

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Osasuna welcomes Haverfordwest County A.F.C.

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THE PRESIDENT of Haverfordwest County AFC, Rob Edwards, visited the Navarrese club to learn more about the work the Club is doing on and off the field

Pamplona (Wednesday, June 19, 2024) – Club Atlético Osasuna welcomed Haverfordwest County A.F.C. president Rob Edwards this morning. During his visit, the president of the Cymru Premier team, the top tier of Welsh football, met with Rojillo president Luis Sabalza to talk about the work Osasuna is doing on and off the field. Later, he visited the Tajonar Sports Complex to learn more about the job done at the academy level. Today’s meeting was the Union of European Clubs Board members’ first meeting.

For the president of the Navarrese club, this type of encounter is essential as it showcases the growth Osasuna is having at a global level. “I think it is crucial because, recently, it seemed as if Osasuna only had relevance in our region and our community. However, Osasuna has gained worldwide notoriety through the Spanish Supercup and the Conference League. It has brought us a ton of joy that many clubs and executives want to come to know Osasuna and the work we do on and off the field and with our academy because it shows that we are not only doing good; we are doing great. Our goal is to make Osasuna known worldwide,” Sabalza said.

Haverfordwest County A.F.C. sees Osasuna as a model club for growth. “We are a small club, and we are looking to grow on and off the pitch, as well as our infrastructure, fan engagement, and community reach. It is always fascinating how bigger clubs can fix these problems… The objectives and solutions are very similar despite the size of the club compared to ours. Many clubs outside the elite European group will have the same challenges. It is great to understand how they overcome them and how they continue to grow and develop,” Edwards mentioned.

It is not only Osasuna’s front office work that caught the attention of the Haverfordwest County A.F.C. chairman but also the club’s work at the academy level. Edwards visited the Tajonar Sports Complex to learn more about the academy. While in Tajonar, he met with Tajonar director Ángel Alcalde and Tajonar technical director Patxi Puñal, who presented him with ‘Método Tajonar,’ the academy’s work method.

“[Osasuna and Haverfordwest County] share the same ethos of bringing through young players to the first team and giving young players a pathway into a career in football. I think the mindset of a club like Osasuna and what we are trying to achieve in Wales at our club is very similar. It’s been really interesting to come and understand how you work with the local community and how you engage to fill up the stadium and create such an amazing atmosphere,” Edwards highlighted.

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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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