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Wilson double sends Bluebirds to victory

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A LATE double from Jack Wilson saw Haverfordwest County come from behind to defeat Cefn Druids 2-1 and pick up a vital three points in the JD Cymru Premier.

The Bluebirds trailed for much of the game in a tight tussle at the Ogi Bridge Meadow, after Emmanuel Agyemang bundled the ball over the line from close range after a goalmouth scramble.

County pushed hard for an equaliser, and eventually found it when Dylan Rees’ flick on from a corner fell into the path of Wilson, who made no mistake from a few yards out in to bring the hosts level.

The thoughts quickly turned to searching for a winner, and, dramatically, Wilson was on hand again as he showed great composure to take a touch from Alaric Jones’ cross, before sitting goalkeeper Ryan Neild down and poking in to spark wild celebrations from the home supporters.

It was far from a straightforward afternoon for the Bluebirds, who were forced into an early change when Iori Humphreys replaced Mason Jones-Thomas, who was unable to continue after five minutes of play.

There were a couple of sighters in the early stages for Wayne Jones’ men, with Wilson’s shot deflected behind, before Ben Fawcett’s effort was blocked, falling into the path of Kieran Lewis who also had a shot deflected for a corner.

The visitors took the league just before the half hour mark, when a shot from inside the area fell into the path of the onrushing Agyemang who, despite the best efforts of Jones, got just enough contact on the ball to force it over the line.

County went in search of an equaliser as half-time approached, with Lewis striking just wide before Danny Williams glanced a header just over the crossbar.

It was one-way traffic for much of the second-half, as the Ancients looked to defend their slender lead. Elliot Scotcher nearly brought the Bluebirds level when his free-kick grazed the bar on its way over.

Fawcett was next to go close as his shot flew just wide of the left upright, as County began to turn the screw.

They were level five minutes later when a corner was headed towards goal by captain Rees, and Wilson showed excellent reactions to stick a foot out and direct the ball past Neild, who had no chance in the Druids goal.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men a couple of minutes later when Niall Flint was shown a straight red card for a strong challenge in midfield.

The momentum was firmly with the Bluebirds at this point, and they were able to make their pressure count when Wilson scored from close range to send the County supporters into pandemonium.

Following the victory, Jones’ side climb to 9th place in the JD Cymru Premier, and are next in action on Tuesday (October 26) evening when they host Cardiff Met in the quarter-final of the Nathaniel MG Cup.

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Goodwick bow out of West Wales Cup

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GOODWICK United bowed out of the West Wales Cup as they were beaten 1-0 by South Gower on Saturday (Dec 4).

The West Wales Premier League side travelled to Pembrokeshire on the back of four straight wins, including their 21-0 demolition of Hendy in the second round of the competition.

This time though they came up against a Goodwick United who were yet to taste defeat this season.

The only goal of the game came sixteen minutes in as Ieuan Priede headed South Gower ahead.

Goodwick had a number of chances throughout the game but were unable to find an equaliser.

Nathan Greene and Johnny Horgan were both brought on to try and change the outcome but their opponents held on to book their place in the next round.

On Saturday, December 11, Goodwick return to Division 1 action with a trip to St Ishmaels.

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Carew go through in extra time

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CAREW needed extra time to beat Tumble to book their place in the next round of the West Wales Cup on Saturday (Dec 4).

Shaun Whitfield had put Carew ahead at the end of first half stoppage time but just four minutes into the second half, Trystan Leech pulled Tumble level.

Jordan Richards then scored Carew’s second to put them back ahead and Whitfield’s second goal looked to have sealed the visitors’ passage into the last sixteen.

However, Leech grabbed his second five minutes from time to give the home side hope of forcing the game into extra time.

And Leech completed his hat trick in the 92nd minute to make it 3-3 and to ensure the teams would be playing another 30 minutes.

In the first period of extra time it was Carew who got the goal to put them back in the lead with Harvey Langston scoring.

Tumble were unable to find a way back this time and Joe Williams’ goal two minutes from the end secured the win for the Rooks.

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Narberth seconds earn bonus point win over Aber

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NARBERTH seconds (also known as Narberth Athletic) travelled to Aberystwyth as they looked to leapfrog Newcastle Emlyn at the top of the West Wales Conference League.

There was a gale blowing straight down the pitch from the clubhouse, which made attractive rugby difficult in such cold weather conditions.

Narberth lost the toss and played with the wind. They put the home side under pressure for most of the first period using the elements to their advantage and scored two good tries through scrum half Jordan James and livewire flanker Dylan Walsh and, converted by Shane Rossiter but was a 12 point advantage enough going into the second half?

Narberth coach James Merriman sent on two heavyweight replacements at half time in Daf Walters and Jac Norcross to help carry the ball against the elements.

The tactics worked superbly with Walters rumbling over for two tries and centre Ryan Scourfield rounding off a tremendous second half performance for the young Otters going over under the posts to put the score beyond doubt and an excellent bonus point win.

After the game and changing out of their playing strip, the boys then put on their Santa outfits for the Christmas social and long drive home.

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