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Crymych edge thriller with Milford

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CRYMYCH edged a thrilling contest with Milford Haven on Saturday (Oct 9), eventually coming out 33-26 winners at the Observatory Ground.

In an enthralling first half, Milford took the lead within the first minute when tight head prop Rhys Davies went over in the corner.

The conversion was missed and moments later Crymych got their first points as Gavin Thomas landed a penalty.

Milford held a slender lead but it was the visitors’ turn to attack with Osian Hill going to over to score Crymych’s first try of the game and Thomas added the extras.

Just moments later they had their second try as the ball bounced awkwardly and was collected by Ilan Phillips who broke through to score under the posts. Thomas added the extras and Crymych led 17-5.

The home side responded and they were soon back in it. A Milford kick forward was gathered by Crymych but, under pressure, the pass on the floor was forward giving Milford a penalty.

They took a tap penalty and the ball was worked across for Dan Birch who burst through to score the home sides’ second try. Steve Martin added the extras.

However, Crymych extended their lead once more as from a line out they worked the ball left and it was Ianto Davies who went over for the try. Thomas then added the extras to make it 12-24.

Milford hit back again with another converted try but Thomas added another penalty and the visitors held a 19-27 lead at half time.

Early in the second half the home side got their fourth try of the match and Dan McClelland added the extras.

That brought them to within a point of Crymych but from the restart Milford gave away another penalty. This time Thomas’ angles were slightly off as his kick hit the post.

It did not matter though as inside centre Ilan Phillips added two further penalties to increase his sides’ lead to seven points.

Milford were unable to score again though as Crymych held on for the win.

The Mariners will take two bonus points for their efforts as they sit fifth in WRU Plate Group H1. The win for Crymych sends them up to third, two points off leaders Whitland.

On Saturday, October 16, Crymych host Pembroke while Milford travel to Fishguard.

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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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