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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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Harrison Allen: Lawrenny go through to quarter finals

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LAWRENNY booked their place in the quarter finals of the Harrison Allen Bowl on Wednesday night (May 25) as they beat Burton by nine wickets.

Lawrenny won the toss and elected to field and they were able to bowl Burton out for just 93.

Burton lost James Davies early on as he was caught by Tom Cole off the bowling of Jamie Lewis.

Ryan Morton also claimed two wickets as Burton slipped to 58-3.

That brought Luke Hayman into the middle with brother Toby and the pair took the score to 67-3 after 13 overs.

Toby reached a score of 37 before heading back to the pavilion while Luke added 12.

Steve Lewis was in fine form for Lawrenny as he took five wickets to finish with 5-13 while Ryan Morton finished with 2-26.

There were also wickets from Jamie Lewis (1-14) and Finley Lewis (1-7).

In reply, Steve Lewis scored 23 before he was sent back. Harry Thomas finished unbeaten on 23 while Troy Purslowe was not out on 45.

It sets up a quarter final against the winners of the game between Hundleton and Cresselly.

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Llangwm edge past Tish to book Harrison Allen quarter final spot

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LLANGWM secured their place in the quarter finals of the Harrison Allen Bowl on Wednesday night (May 25) as they beat St Ishmaels by 4 runs.

Tish won the toss and chose to field and they restricted Llangwm to 146-9 in their 22 overs.

Noah Davies and Joe Kiff made a good start for the hosts as they shared 67 runs for the first wicket.

Kiff was the first man to go as he was caught by Ieuan Hawkins off the bowling of Brennan Devonald on a score of 27 that had included two fours and two sixes.

Soon after, Davies, who had hit one of each boundary in his score of 27, was also following Kiff back to the pavilion after being bowled by Jonathan Pawlett.

Pawlett also claimed the wicket of Will Beresford before Steven Mills departed on a score of 16 (1 four, 1 six) when he was caught and bowled by Devonald.

That left Llangwm on 107-4 but scores of 15 from Matthew Kiff and 16 not out from David Lewis saw them to their total.

For Tish, Pawlett finished with excellent figures of 4-41 while Devonald finished with 3-25.

Peter Bradshaw hit two early fours in his score of 12 but he was run out.

Karl Rhead and Andrew Palmer shared 42 runs for the second wicket as Palmer made his way to a score of 35.

Rhead was bowled by Steven Mills who then did the same to Brennan Devonald moments later.

Palmer had reached 42 with five fours and a six but when he was brilliantly caught by Luke Brock off the bowling of Mills, Tish had slipped to 77-4.

Phil Cockburn and Jonathan Pawlett then shared 23 runs for the fifth wicket as they looked to keep Tish in the game.

Pawlett hit a six but was then caught by Oliver Davies to give Mills his fourth wicket and figures of 4-28.

Cockburn and Andew Pawlett then shared 37 runs for the sixth wicket as they took the tie down to the final over of the game.

They scored 17 runs off the 20th over and 18 runs off the 21st over meaning they would need 11 off the final over to win it.

Cockburn took a run off the first to bring Pawlett on strike. After missing the third ball he went for a run that wasn’t there and keeper Beresford ran out Cockburn.

He had hit two fours and three sixes in his score of 39 from 30 balls.

Andrew Pawlett and Andrew Williams could only take five runs from the next five balls but it wasn’t enough for victory.

Pawlett finished unbeaten on a score of 20 from 11 balls with one four and two sixes.

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Crymych Panthers hold Boccia competition

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CRYMYCH Panthers Boccia Club recently held their first in-house Boccia competition, with eight members competing in two categories: BC1&2 (participants with a physical impairment) and BC8 (participants with an intellectual impairment).

Games were played in a round robin style competition. The final of the BC1&2 between Racheal Bailey and James Pugh was a very close game with James winning by 3 points to 1. The BC 8 final was between Yvonne Berry and Dewi Evans. Dewi won by 10 points to nil, back on form as a former Welsh international Special Olympic team member.

The competition was sponsored by Andrew Scott Davies of Pembroke who took part in the 2021 CARTEN 100 bike to assist the club.

Andrew Scott Davies presenting the winners and runners up with their trophies. All participants received a certificate of attendance.

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