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Neyland’s last 16 Village Cup tie abandoned

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NEYLAND and Clipstone and Bilsthorpe will have to replay their last 16 Village Cup tie after it was called off on Sunday (Jul 4) because of rain.

Having made the 272-mile trip to Mansfield for the game, Neyland had looked well set to chase down Clipstone’s total of 193-6.

Clipstone had also been interrupted by the rain but when it returned with Neyland on 88-1, it returned for good.

It meant the game had to be abandoned.

The game will now be played next Sunday, July 11, this time in Neyland.

Neyland were asked to bowl first after Clipstone won the toss and chose to bat.

And Neyland got off to a dream start as Henry Durrant had David Willock caught by Nick Koomen for a diamond duck.

It got even better at the start of the fourth over as Nathan Banner had Lee Wilson caught by Gregg Miller to reduce Clipstone to 21-2.

The home side looked to regroup and reached 30-2 off the first 10 overs.

In the next 14 overs they added another 92 runs with Fletcher reaching a score of 72 while Wright neared his half century on 32.

Clipstone’s partnership reached 130 before Neyland finally made the breakthrough. Wright was run out by Sutton on a score of 46.

Minutes later they got their fourth wicket as Fletcher was caught by Henry Durrant off the bowling of Brad McDermott-Jenkins on a score of 88.

Rain then intervened with the score on 152-4 from 30 overs.

The score moved on to 163-5 before the rain forced the teams off. An early tea was taken before Clipstone returned to finish their innings.

J Flowers made a late score of 17 before J Gorman finished unbeaten on 18 as Clipstone finished their 40 overs on 193-6.

Neyland began their reply well as they reached 88-1 after the first 17 overs.

Gregg Miller departed early on having made a score of 17 before Nick Koomen and Ashley Sutton took over.

No further play was possible though meaning the fixture will be reversed and played again next Sunday (July 11).

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Otters earn big win over Tata Steel

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ON Saturday (Nov 27) Narberth travelled to Tata Steel where it was a sunny cold day.

The Otters made an impressive start to the game as within five minutes they scored their first points of the match.

From a ruck situation about 30 metres from the Tata line scrum half George MacDonald switched play to the blind side, passed to hooker Rhodri Owens who took the ball on and then slipped a pass to winger Jordan Roberts.

When tackled, the ball was quickly recycled, taken on again by forwards Bradley Davies and Alex Jenkins and MacDonald was then on hand to float a long pass out wide to centre Jake Jenkins who passed to full back Nick Gale who put No.8 Steff Phillips over in the corner for a lovely try. Gale hit the upright with conversion attempt (0–5).

From another kick-off Narberth attempted to run the ball out of defence and winger Aled Rees was adjudged not to have released the ball in the tackle. A penalty was awarded making the score 3 -11

Ten minutes into the second half another excellent long kick downfield by Otters fly half Ianto Griffiths was collected by the Tata full back.

He made the mistake of trying to run out of defence with very little support to hand. He was unceremoniously dumped on the floor by a great tackle from centre Jenkins and 2nd Row Tom Powell, subsequent turn-over ball resulted in another try (3-23).

The Otters unfortunately released their grip on the game, this inevitably happens when changes are made. Rhys Lane replaced No. 9 MacDonald, Rhys Williams replaced Tom Powell, Tom Curry replaced Rhodri Owens, Ifan James replaced Bradley Davies and Jon Rogers went to fly half with Ianto Griffiths moving to centre.

Subsequently the Otters conceded several penalties which ultimately resulted in the Tata No.7 going over for a try after a lineout close to Narberth’s try line. (10–28).

Later, from an attacking scrum No.8 Steff Phillips picked up the ball, running wide He slipped the ball back inside to Rhys Lane who passed to captain Richard Rees. He was stopped close to the line, Guto Davies was on hand to force his way over the try line. Gale converted (10–35).

In the last move of the game, a delicate chip over the top of the Tata scrambled defence saw the ball bounce against the upright and pop up nicely into the hands of Guto Davies, completing his hat trick of tries. Gale again. Final score (10–42).

Narberth coaches were very pleased with the result and felt that the players had worked hard early on to gain the ascendency. It augurs well for Saturday’s (Dec 4) home match against Ystalyfera.

Image: Alex Jenkins winning line out ball. Photo by Stephen Thomas

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Crymych claim derby win over Pembroke

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CRYMYCH claimed a Pembrokeshire-derby win over Pembroke on Saturday (Nov 27) as they came away with a 34-21 win.

It was Crymych who held the lead after a tight first half as the home side ran in two unconverted tries to Pembroke’s single converted try.

Crymych’s first half tries were scored by outside half Ilan Phillips and Carwyn Phillips.

Pembroke’s try was scored by Luke Alderwick who then added the extra two points.

That made it 10-7 at the break and both sides continued their battle into the second half.

Tomos Lewis scored two second half tries for the home side while Llyr Davies and Laurence Headlam also got on the scoresheet.

Adam Phillips added two conversions for Crymych.

Pembroke scored two further tries, through Lewis Gibby and Rhodri Walters, both converted by Alderwick.

However, they were unable to find a fourth which have given them a bonus point.

On Saturday, December 4, Pembroke host Whitland while Crymych travel to Llangennech.

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Herbie and Monkton share the points

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HERBRANDSTON maintained their unbeaten home record after an incident packed 3-3 draw with Monkton Swifts seconds on Saturday (Nov 27).

Playing with the benefit of a strong wind, Herbie made a bright start and found themselves 2-0 up inside 20 minutes after well taken goals from Scott Reid and Callum Stannett.

Keeper Jordan Boswell kept Monkton in the game with some good saves.

On the half hour mark a slip in the box from young full back Max Howells presented Monkton with the chance to reduce the deficit. Striker Dylan Davies making no mistake and sending goalkeeper Owen Thomas the wrong way from 12 yards.

Herbie responded well and were rewarded with a fine strike from midfielder Marc Gelona.

There was an alleged off-the-ball incident shortly before half time but it went unnoticed by the referee.

Monkton came out after the break and pulled a goal back within 5 minutes. Thomas’s attempted clearance fell to Davies, and with the keeper out of position he coolly chipped into the empty net.

With their tails up the visiting Swifts pushed for an equaliser, which came in the 61st minute. A free kick into the box fell to substitute 16-year-old Mark Jones who finished from close range.

Herbie responded again and could have collected all 3 points when Reid was sent through on goal. The striker unusually sending his shot over the bar from close range.

The home side had to play the last few moments with 10 men after Gelona went off with a concerning hip injury.

Both sides looked for a winner but had to settle for a share of the points.

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