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United prove too strong for Athletic in Milford derby

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MILFORD UNITED claimed bragging rights on Saturday (Sept 11) as they beat rivals Milford Athletic 7-0 at Marble Hall.

With United being relegated and Athletic being promoted to Division 2, it meant that Milford’s two first teams were in the same league for the first time since the 2014/15 season.

The game was barely a minute old when the home side were given a penalty and Liam Parr stepped up to put United ahead.

Seven minutes it was 2-0 as Morgan Picton’s free kick from wide on the left floated all the way in over the head of Athletic keeper David Hawkins.

Just a minute later it was 3-0. Liam Parks was fouled but after Parr had shot wide the referee pulled play back for a free kick.

Picton stepped up once again and curled an excellent free kick into the left corner of the net.

They weren’t finished there though as they were given another free kick, this time on the right hand side.

There was no hat trick for Picton but Aaron Griffiths’ free kick again sailed over the keeper and into the net in a carbon copy of Picton’s first free kick.

That made it 4-0 inside the opening fifteen minutes and the game was all but over.

Picton did have a chance to grab his third minutes later but this time he sent his free kick just wide.

Athletic did begin to enjoy a good spell of pressure as Connor Harper did well to win the ball in the Milford half before winning a free kick. Gareth Quirk sent his free kick into the area but the Milford keeper collected.

Sam Davies then shot over for United before Harper saw a shot saved at the other end.

Goal: Morgan Picton’s free kick looped all the way in

With just under ten minutes until half time, Joel Blair crossed into the box for Parks but his shot was well blocked.

The home side continued to search for a fifth goal as Parr saw a shot pushed wide while Griffiths sent a long range effort straight into the hands of the Athletic keeper.

The Athletic did have a free kick on the stroke of half time but Scott Griffiths got up well to head the ball away.

When the half time whistle the score was still 4-0 to United.

Twenty minutes into the second half Parr finally got his goal to make it 5-0.

With six minutes to go Parks made it 6-0 and he grabbed his second with a minute of the ninety to go to make it 7-0.

It was an excellent win for United who move up to third place in Division 2.

On Saturday, September 18, Milford Athletic will look for their first points of the season when they play Merlins Bridge seconds.

Milford United travel to Monkton Swifts seconds looking to continue their good start to the season.

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Ammanford sign Kurtis Marsh from Lawrenny

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LAWRENNY’S Kurtis Marsh will play for Ammanford Cricket Club in the 2022 season after the two clubs agreed a deal.

Marsh was one of Lawrenny’s stand out performers in Division 1 of the Pembrokeshire League this year.

He scored a number of important centuries and fifties as his club just missed out on securing the league title.

In total he scored 1070 runs in 15 innings while his highest score was 140 not out.

He was the Division’s highest scorer by just over 200 runs and was unbeaten in five innings.

On Twitter, Lawrenny Cricket Club said: “Absolutely gutted to lose Kurtis Marsh to Ammanford but he absolutely deserves this opportunity to play at a higher level. An unbelievable player and a top, top bloke. Go and smash it up there Kurt!!”

Marsh will now look forward to testing himself in Division 1 of the South Wales Premier Cricket League.

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Carew and Hakin earn big wins in West Wales Cup

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CAREW and Hakin United were big winners on Saturday (Oct 9) as they booked their places in round two of the West Wales Cup.

Carew travelled to Neath Premier Division side Cilfrew Rovers and it didn’t take them long to settle as James Hinchcliffe scored in the opening minute.

Cilfrew’s task became ever harder three minutes later as Adam Muskett scored to put his side in a strong position.

Matthew Evans pulled a goal back for the Rovers after 16 minutes but with five to go until half time Carew scored their third through Sam Christopher.

Muskett and Hinchcliffe scored in quick succession in the second half to all but seal the win for the Rooks.

Goals continued to come as Muskett completed his hat trick before Shaun Whitfield, a Dylan Morgan penalty and two from sub Jack Christopher took Carew’s score into double figures.

Muskett then got his fourth of the game to make it 11-1 to Carew.

Hakin also made the trip to Neath to face Division 1 side Resolven and, like Carew, they did not have to wait long for the first goal of the game.

It came from Justin Harding after four minutes and it was soon 2-0 as Jaden Chapman scored.

Ben Aldred then scored two goals in the space of two minutes, both assisted by Ryan Wilson, to effectively win the game for the visitors.

Harding added his second and Hakin’s fifth shortly before half time.

Twenty minutes into the second half, the Vikings added a sixth as sub Laurie Haworth found the back of the net.

Aldred and Chapman added to the scoring before Shane Walsh scored with three minutes to go to seal a 9-0 win.

Kilgetty bowed out of the competition as they were beaten 4-2 by Giants Grave. St Ishmaels were also sent packing after they were beaten 7-3 by CKSV.

Merlins Bridge’s game away at Treboeth was postponed because of a positive covid-19 case amongst one of the Neath teams’ players.

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Saints go through to round two

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ST Clears booked their place in the second round of the West Wales Cup on Saturday (Oct 9) as they beat Llangyfelach 3-0.

The Saints started the game slowly with most of the squad having been at captain Danny Peters’ wedding the day before.

Swansea Senior League Division 2 side Llangyfelach hit the post early on in what was their only real chance of the first half.

The Saints had quite a few chances to take the lead as Steve Thomas hit the bar with a good header from Ben John.

They slowly got on top and and they finally took the lead when the Llangyfelach keeper spilled a corner and Kyran Lewis nodded in from close range.

The second half was tight with more chances coming for the visitors but it was also heated at times with a number of yellow cards shown.

The second goal for the Saints when Nick squire hit a 30 yard effort from outside the box into the top corner, assisted by Martin Thomas.

Shortly before full time, the home side had Michael Matwychuk sent off for an apparent off the ball elbow.

Nick squire scored his second of the game from close range not long after to seal the victory.

The Saints’ reward for their win is a home tie against Felinfoel in the second round.

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