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Lawrenny earn narrow win over Tish

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LAWRENNY earned a narrow win over St Ishmaels on Saturday (Jul 31) as they beat them by just two wickets.

Visitors Lawrenny won the toss and chose to field first but Tish made a good total of 200-7 from their 45 overs.

Karl Rhead and Peter Bradshaw made a steady start to the innings with an opening stand of 39 runs.

Kurtis Marsh made the breakthrough as he had Rhead stumped by James Phillips on a score of 29.

Soon after Harry Thomas had Ieuan Hawkins caught by Marsh to reduce Tish to 41-2.

Bradshaw and Phillip Cockburn then shared a good third wicket partnership worth 90 runs to put Tish into a strong position.

That partnership was eventually broken by Marsh who had Bradshaw caught by Thomas on a score of 54. Bradshaw’s knock included seven fours and a six.

Cockburn fell soon after on a score of 43 and it was Marsh involved again as he took the catch to give Rob Williams his first wicket.

Brennan Devonald made a score of 17 from 15 balls but he was also stumped by Phillips to give Thomas his second wicket.

Lawrenny began to hit back as Ryan Morton then bowled Andrew Pawlett before Rob Williams trapped namesake Andrew leg before.

That left Tish on 182-7 but Jonathan Pawlett and Lewis Rhead shared 28 runs to take the score to 200-7.

Pawlett finished not out on 32 while Rhead hit a late six to help push the score up.

Lawrenny made a good start to their reply as Kurtis Marsh and Harry Thomas shared 69 runs for the first wicket.

Marsh hit nine fours on his way to a score of 52 but he was then bowled by Jordan Milich.

Moments after, Thomas was caught by Jonathan Pawlett off the bowling of Andrew Williams on a score of 11.

Steven Campbell was out for an unlucky 13 as he was caught by Pawlett off the bowling of Andrew Pawlett.

That left Lawrenny on 89-3 but James Phillips and Joe Kidney shared 33 runs for the fourth wicket to take the visitors into three figures.

Joe Kidney was caught by Jonathan Pawlett off the bowling of Lewis Rhead on a score of 22 and soon after another Lawrenny wicket fell.

This time it was Andrew Pawlett who had Ryan Morton caught by Lewis Rhead as Lawrenny were reduced to 124-5.

Phillips and Tom Cole then added another 32 runs for the sixth wicket but Tish broke through again as Cole was caught by Andrew Pawlett off the bowling of Lewis Rhead.

Cole had hit two fours and a six in his 14-ball cameo which saw him add 21 runs to the total.

Phillips had also hit two fours and a six to make his way to a score of 30 but he was then trapped leg before by Brennan Devonald to leave the visitors on 174-7.

Tish’s tails were up as they sensed an upset victory but Rob Williams made his way to a score of 15 before Matt Lewis was caught by Andrew Williams off the bowling of Jonathan Pawlett.

Needing only 6 to win, James Buckle and Rob Williams held their nerve to see Lawrenny over the line.

Lawrenny’s score was also helped along by 24 extras leaving Tish to wonder what might have been had they not given so many runs away.

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Fox’s Clarby win nine goal thriller

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Clarby came out on top of a nine goal thriller at Neyland on Saturday. The result means that Clarby remain in 3rd whilst Neyland will now be relegated to the second division.

The visitors started the better and 7 minutes in Laurie Howarth scored directly from a corner. However Neyland came back flying and started to cause problems for the away team.

There was then two goals in five minutes. The first Ben Gale nipped in between the Clarby’s centre backs to slot home and minutes later it was 2-1 as a deep cross evaded Clarby defence and Leo Power slid in to give the home side the lead.

After 32 mins Ben ‘Rocky’ John beat a defender at the left of the box and his outside of the foot effort went found its way in to make it all square again.

Some great play by Wood and Matthew Davies down the Clarby right hand side meant the latter crossed for Howarth to head home his second goal of the afternoon advantage visitors.

Haworth then completed his hat trick to make it 4-2 Clarby and it seemed the madness was over for the first half. However there was time for another goal as a wicked cross from Harry Young was deflected off the head of Rheinallt George into his own net for 4-3 at the oranges.

Seven goals in the first half, however the second half saw the game settle down well a little bit.

Laurie Haworth scored at the far post, Matthew Davies again the provider and it looked like Clarby would roll home. But Mikey Chandler scored in the 89th minute, a deft chip from all of 30 years an over Sam Edge in goal.

Despite a late push from the hosts it finished 5-4 to the visitors and it’ll be second division football for Neyland next season.

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Carew stun Robins late on

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Milford United went into this fixture with five key players missing from the squad which allowed some 2nd team players to step into Steve Parks squad to face a Carew side that has been in good form.

The weather and pitch was good and the game kicked off with both teams playing some good football. It was a mistake from the Robins which would allow Carew to score on the 17th minute. The goal came through Griffiths who picked up a short pass and carried the ball and slotted it past the robins keeper, Milford dusted themselves down and played some good penetrating football down both wings through Tyler Sheil & Cameron Lees, it was lees who equalised on the 28th minute. Milford played some nice one two football on the right and Lees finished it off with a good finish.

Milford finished the half the strongest and should of taken the lead when Scott Reid broke the offside trap and was through one on one with the Carew keeper but his shot was pared away by the keeper.

The second half started with Carew pressing looking to dominate the play. Both sides had half chances and on the 75th minute Milford’s Morgan Picton released Reid who made no mistake rounding the keeper to put the Robins 2-1 up.

Robins manager Steve Parks thought at the 83rd minute that the win in the bag but Carew had other ideas and equalised through J. Hinchcliffe to level it at 2-2, in hind site a draw would have been a fair result for both managers.

Milford switched off and allowed Carew to score a third on the 87th minute and again at 90+4 leaving Parks absolutely stunned how Milford were winning 2-1 and gave is away in a lack lustre 10 minutes.

As the season draws to an end The Robins will be happy with their first season back in Div 1 and Carew look forward to their Senior cup Semi final against Clarbeston Road on Saturday.

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Johnston Reserves win nine goal thriller

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Division 5 promotion chasers Johnston 2nds visited bottom of the table Cosheston 2nds in what should have been a routine victory for the visiting team.

On a pitch that looked like it had cattle grazing just a few hours previously, both teams started in an attacking fashion with the young Johnston forward line causing no end of trouble for the experienced Cosh defence.

In a game that could have gone either way, Cosh took an early lead through Rhys Griffiths, before a succession of chances were missed for both teams.

Johnston were playing well and their equaliser came in the 25th minute after good play by Alfie Crawford, who was using his pace to create havoc across the front line. Johnston took the lead a short time later through Crawford, after great work by the experienced Ashley Bevans and went further ahead a few moments later.

3-1 at half time in a highly entertaining game.

The second half started as the first half had finished, with both teams going for an all out attack mentality, and Cosheston got themselves back into the match in the 52nd minute and their constant attacking, combined with a little uncertainty in the Johnston defence, saw them equalise in the 53rd minute.

At this stage, the scoreline was 3-3 but could easily have been 6-6 and that was added to even further just a minute later, when Johnston retook the lead through Pete Donnelly!

Some game at The Playing Fields!!

Johnston made a tactical change with a view of firming up their defence with Squashie coming on for Liam Brown, and he made a positive impact ensuring the defence was communicating more, making it more difficult for the Cosheston strikers.

The visiting team scored two late goals to finish as 6-3 winners, but the game was exceptionally entertaining and on another day Cosheston would easily have come out on top.

Cosheston have had a tough season in many ways, but it was lovely to see the club stick together, and with some players coming back from injury hopefully they can build on this year and have a better season next.

Johnston continue to be a threat to all teams and now hope to push on and gain promotion.

Huge credit to both clubs for playing in a respectful manner throughout and referee Marty Jones praised both clubs in his post match Facebook post.

A credit to Pembs Div 5, good luck to Johnston in their promotion push.

Cosheston 3-6 Johnston.

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