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Neyland and Hook through in Alec Colley

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NEYLAND and Hook are both through to the second round of the Alec Colley Cup after both won their respective first round matches this week.

On Tuesday, June 1, Neyland beat Carew by five wickets in a low scoring encounter with Patrick Hannon doing the damage for the visitors.

He took four wickets to help bowl Carew out for 92 as they struggled to cope.

Hannon’s figures of 4-17 were almost matched by Tom Pritchard who finished with 3-18.

George Evans also took two wickets for Neyland.

Gareth Lewis scored 16 for the home side and Morgan Grieve added 11. Max Brindley did make a score of 30 with a four and two sixes but wickets fell at regular intervals.

Hannon and Gregg Miller then shared 40 runs for the opening partnership as Neyland began their reply well.

Carew hit back though as Ceri Brace trapped Hannon leg before on a score of 14. He also had Stephen Murray caught by Grieve.

Miller made a score of 20 but he was then bowled by Barry Evans to reduce Neyland to 46-3.

Will Hughes and John Tennick then shared another 41 runs to edge their side towards their target.

Tennick scored 23 from 23 balls (two fours, one six) before he was caught by Grieve off the bowling of Evans.

Hughes hit four fours in a score of 20 from 14 balls but he was bowled by George Waters.

Paul Miller then hit the game-winning boundary to book Neyland a second round home tie against Haverfordwest.

On Wednesday, June 2, Hook beat Llanrhian by seven wickets.

Llanrhian were bowled out for 78 with George James (3-19) and Andrew Thomas (3-15) both taking three wickets.

Rhys Price made a score of 14 and there were also scores of 11 from Mike Lawrence and Matthew Bennett. Anthony John made 10 but that was as good as it got for the home side.

In reply, Lawrence took two wickets to finish with figures of 2-29. There was also a wicket for Bennett (1-15) but it wasn’t enough to stop their opponents.

Lewis Miller finished unbeaten on 14 and Jamie Phelps finished not out on 41 as Hook sailed to victory.

The win sets up a second round home tie with Llangwm.

The final round one fixture takes place tonight and sees Saundersfoot host Lawrenny for the right to visit Stackpole in round two.

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Quins prove too strong for Llangwm

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PEMBROKE DOCK Quins kept up their 100% start to the season with an emphatic win over a Llangwm side who were well in it at half time, trailing by just 17-5.

The Quins got off to a blistering start scoring twice in the opening five minutes. First, Flanker Hywel Baker forced his way over from close range after two minutes, and then, virtually straight from the restart, Centre Gethin Bradney followed up a speculative kick to touch down. Scrum Half Morgan Rogers added the extras to both tries.

If the Quins thought they would have it easy after such a fine start they were cruelly mistaken, as the Wasps started to dominate both territory and possession.

The Quins did add a penalty through Morgan Rogers for good measure to push the score out to 17-0, but it was the visitors who were well on top. It was no surprise when Llangwm Full Back Luke Dyer crossed for an unconverted try wide out.The teams went in at the break with the visitors in the ascendancy.

The Quins had to step up after struggling at the back end of the first half, and, just as they had done the previous week at Vardre, they hit the Wasps within minutes with a try from No8 and Captain Jack Brown which was converted by Morgan Rogers.

It was now all about the bonus point try, and that was not long in coming when replacement Harry Owen powered over for the all important score, which was again converted by Morgan Rogers.

The game was now safe for the Quins and it was a question of how many points they would score.

Hywel Baker soon added his second try and the Quins fifth. A powerful 35-yard run from Flanker Jack Millitte set up a second try for Harry Owen which Ben Hathaway goaled.

The Quins then turned on the afterburners with three tries in the final 10 minutes as they attacked from everywhere scoring through Sam James, Gethin Bradney for his second, and Harry Owen to complete his hat trick, all were converted by Ben Hathaway.

The Quins were 100% with their goal kicks, 10 out of 10, which is a remarkable effort at any level.

Next week the Quins are away at one of the League favourites St Clears.

TEAM: Kerion Machin, Kobie Thomas, Gethin Bradney, Adam Jones, Tom Donovan, Euan MacDonald, Morgan Rogers, Jack Brown (Capt), Jack Millitte, Hywel Baker, Ben Gibby, Sam James, Dan McLeod, Jayden Webber, Conor Kolmel. Replacements: Ben Hathaway, Sam RASHER James, Harry Owen, Josh Brown, Jack Byrne.

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Wales suffer Nations League relegation after defeat to Poland

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WALES were relegated from Group A of the Nations League on Sunday night (Sept 25) as they were beaten 1-0 by Poland.

They needed a win to stay in the top tier but, despite plenty of chances, they were unable to recover after going behind midway through the second half.

Gareth Bale started for Wales at the Cardiff City Stadium, after only being used a sub in the defeat to Belgium.

There was an early error from Wayne Hennessey as he recieved the ball but almost let it roll over the line before kicking the ball away.

With just over half an hour gone, Dan James ran towards goal and he could have passed to Brennan Johnson but chose to shoot instead and saw his shot saved. James then got the ball back but his cross was blocked by Szczesny and was cleared.

Shortly before the break there was another chance for Johnson but after he brought the ball down well, he saw his shot deflect wide off Dan James.

The whistle went for half time with the score at 0-0 and Wales knew they would need to come out well at the start of the second half to give themselves a chance of staying in Group A.

Neither side was able to create any real chances at the start of the second period. There were a couple of half chances from free kicks but they came to nothing.

There was a shout for foul on Dan James as he appeared to be elbowed off the ball by the edge of the box but the referee gave a goal kick to Poland.

On 57 minutes though it was the Poles who took the lead. The ball was played to Robert Lewandowski on the edge of the box and his exquisite flick fell into the path of Swiderski who shot under the legs of Hennessey and into the net.

Kieffer Moore was brought on in the aftermath of the goal to give Wales more options up front.

Two minutes later there was a chance for Wales as Brennan Johnson cut inside from the right but his shot was tipped wide the Polish keeper.

With thirteen minutes to go, Dan James sent a cross into the box and it bounced in front of Szczesny forcing him to push the ball wide for a corner.

Sub Ruben Colwill looked to make an impact but his cross was too close to the Polish keeper.

Moore and Colwill both saw shots blocked as five minutes of added time were shown.

Sorba Thomas then sent a cross into the box but Gareth Bale’s powerful header smacked the bar.

In the sixth minute of time added on Wales had a free kick on the edge of the box. Bale whipped it in but no one could get on the end of it and that was the last chance for Wales.

Despite the loss, Wales will still be looking forward to the World Cup, with their first game coming against the USA on November 21.

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Battling Wales beaten by Belgium

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WALES suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Belgium on Thursday night (Sept 22) as their hopes of staying in Group A of the Nations League took a blow.

Belgium dominated for large parts of the first half with Kevin De Bruyne instrumental in much of the play but Wales hit back in the second half.

An early second half goal from Kieffer Moore wasn’t enough as Belgium held on for victory.

It was Kevin De Bruyne who gave Belgium the lead after ten minutes and he had another shot minutes later but saw that effort go over.

There was then a chance for Michy Batshuayi as the ball dropped for him in the box but he blazed a shot high and wide.

De Bruyne was involved again in the 26th minute as he saw a shot fly onto the post. Wayne Hennessey then made a great save to deny Yannick Carrasco on the rebound. The offside flag was raised so it wouldn’t have counted had it gone in.

Dan James then had a chance for Wales but he saw his shot blocked.

A minute later it was Belgium’s turn to attack as Eden Hazard cut in from the left but he curled his shot wide.

Ten minutes before the break Wales won a corner which Dan James floated in but the ball was gathered by Thibaut Courtois.

Wales’ task then got a little harder as De Bruyne crossed into the box for Batshuayi who had an easy tap-in to make it 2-0 to the hosts.

With six minutes to go until the break Wales were given a free kick. Joe Rodon headed back towards goal but his effort was cleared and the headed rebound from Ethan Ampadu was well saved by Courtois.

There was another chance for De Bruyne but his shot was deflected wide by the bottom of Wayne Hennessey’s boot.

The visitors won a corner as half time loomed. It fell to the back of the box for Neco Williams but he saw his shot deflect off team mate Rhys Norrington-Davies.

It meant Wales would face an uphull battle in the second half if they were to get something from the game.

Four minutes into the second half Wales had a route back into the game. Johnson crossed from the right and Kieffer Moore rose highest to power a header home.

Gareth Bale was brought on with half an hour to go and he may have scored but for an intervention from a Belgian defender.

Some good play from Wales then saw them win a corner but Belgium were able to clear.

With thirteen minutes to go, Belgium were given a penalty as Joe Morrell was adjudged to have fouled. Replays showed though that he did get the ball and after consulting the VAR screen the referee overturned his decision.

There was a chance for Brennan Johnson with six minutes to go but he shot wide after being set up by Connor Roberts.

Bale then set up Neco Williams but he saw his curling effort saved by the Belgian keeper. Moments later, Johnson sent a cross into the box but no one could get on the end of it.

There were six minutes added on and in the third of those Belgian boss Roberto Martinez was shown a red card as he looked to delay the game.

Wales searched for a late equaliser but they were unable to find it as Belgium hung on for the win.

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