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Bluebirds earn a point against Nomads

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BEN Fawcett struck a dramatic late equaliser to earn Haverfordwest County a deserved point in a 1-1 draw with reigning Cymru Premier champions Connah’s Quay Nomads on Saturday (Oct 2).

Neither side were at their fluent attacking best in the first-half, with Elliot Scotcher’s blocked effort and Jack Wilson’s shot from outside the area the closest the Bluebirds came to opening the scoring.

The visitors took the lead 10 minutes before half-time, when Alhagi Touray Sisay was adjudged to have fouled Nomads forward Jamie Insall inside the area, and Nomads captain Callum Morris made no mistake from 12 yards.

This was to be the Nomads’ only clear-cut opportunity of the entire 90 minutes, with the Bluebirds defence limiting Craig Harrison’s side to speculative efforts, as they dealt well with crosses into the area.

Wayne Jones’ side were much more purposeful in the second period, as they ramped up the pressure in search of an equalising goal.

They nearly made the perfect start to the second-half when Scotcher’s effort from distance flew just wide of the right post.

Touray Sisay, who had scored five goals in his last three matches, had a great opportunity to level matters with just over 20 minutes left to play. The striker was freed inside the area by Wilson, giving him a chance to shoot from close range, however a last-ditch challenge forced the ball behind for a corner.

Mason Jones-Thomas was introduced with just under a quarter of an hour left to play, and the young winger provided real impetus from the bench as the Bluebirds continued to push hard for an equaliser.

The hosts thought they had found that equaliser when Jazz Richards played Wilson through on goal, and the winger dinked the ball over Oliver Byrne but saw it stop agonisingly short of the goal line.

It appeared that it was going to be one of those afternoons for County. However, with just two minutes of normal time remaining, a cross into the area came off the head of captain Dylan Rees and onto the left post, taking it across the goal line.

The Nomads tried desperately to stop it going in, but Fawcett was alert to the situation and managed to force it from underneath Declan Poole and across the line to spark wild celebrations.

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Blues battle to win over Aberaeron in KO Cup

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HAVERFORDWEST booked their place in the quarter finals of the Pembrokeshire KO Cup, where they will meet Pembroke Dock Harlequins, after beating Aberaeron on Wednesday night (Oct 20).

Despite the atrocious weather conditions, which saw rain batter the Pembroke Road playing surface for much of the game, both sides played an excellent game.

In the end it was the Blues who came out on top with a 44-6 win.

Outside Half Jake Morgan got the Blues rolling early on with a penalty and Rhys Baker then scored the game’s first try to make it 8-0.

Second Row Jack Clancy got his name on the score sheet but the conversion was missed.

Aberaeron then got themselves on the board with a penalty but the Blues were soon back on the attack with Will Blackburn next to go over.

That was converted by Morgan to give the home side a 20-3 lead.

Lewis Tingay and Rhys Baker added further tries for the Blues while Aber added a further penalty as the sides went in at half time with the score reading 30-6.

Early in the second half Tingay added his second try of the night and Morgan added the conversion.

That all but ended any hopes the away side had of getting themselves back in the game and the Blues continued to play despite the pouring rain.

Tingay then completed his hat trick with a try under the posts giving Morgan a simple conversion to make it 44-6.

There was no scoring in the final twenty minutes but the Blues had done the job and booked their place in the last eight.

Their quarter final with the Quins will be played on or before January 22.

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Pembrokeshire Schools Under 10s get season up and running

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PEMBROKESHIRE Schools Under 10s played their first game of the new season last Sunday (Oct 17) against a strong OT Academy Squad.

The Pembrokeshire boys played four small sided games, drawing one and losing three. The boys are next in action next month when they hope to play Carmarthenshire Schools.

Pembrokeshire Schools Under 10s: Spencer James (Cleddau Reach), Noah Bicknell (Prendergast), Harri Jones (Holy Name), Jamie Cook (Pembroke Dock), Toby Jones (Holy Name), Isaac Jenkins (Narberth), Iori Williams (Narberth), Cai Price (Ysgol Caer Elen), Celt Edwards (Frenni), Joe Davies (Ysgol Glannau Gwaun), Jaden Petrie (Prendergast), Logan Lewis (Pembroke Dock), Zach Loveridge (Waldo Williams), James Burns (Lamphey).

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Pembrokeshire Junior Netball League results

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The results for the Pembrokeshire Junior Netball League for Saturday, October 16 were as follows:

• Under 12’s:

Chaos Thunder 11-1 Pembroke 2

Players player:

Chaos: Leah Davies

Pembroke: Holly Jones

Sapphires Whites 0-19 Pembroke 1

Players player:

Sapphires: Orla Maulio Martina

Pembroke: Skye Sutton

• Under 14’s:

Chaos Hurricanes 4-20 Sapphires Black

Players player:

Chaos: Bo Davies

Sapphires: Anya Beynon

• Under 16’s:

Chaos Blue 40-7 Pembroke

Players player:

Chaos: Lucy John

Pembroke: Megan Bowen

Sapphires Black 45-12 St David’s

Players player:

Sapphires: Ella Wainwright

St David’s: Skye Bramley

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