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Rugby match raises £4000 for charity



THE rugby match between a Pembrokeshire XV and a Valero XV has raised £4000 for charity.

It was played on Saturday (Feb 26) in front of a big crowd at Pembroke RFC with the final resulting going the way of the county side who won 36-15.

Clubs from across the county were represented as they put on a great show for those who had come to watch.

The two sides had previously locked horns in March 2020, prior to the start of the first UK lockdown, with the County side winning on that occasion too.

Saturday’s game was just two minutes old when Lloyd Davies opened the scoring for the County side. Nico Setaro (Whitland) then added the extras.

Lewys Gibby then went over for the County’s second try for a 12-0 lead.

The Valero team hit back though as Lewis Davies went over from close range. This time the conversion was missed.

Jordan Asparassa also went over and although the conversion was missed again the score now stood at 12-10 to the County side.

Shortly before the break though the County side hit back with some excellent play to set up Steve Martin (Milford Haven) to score. Setaro then added the extras to make it 19-10 at the break.

There was a large crowd watching the game

In the second Dan Jenkins (Milford Haven) scored a brace of tries to give the county side a commanding lead.

Valero came back again though as Mark Boswell (Pembroke) touched down to make it 29-15.

Pembrokeshire had the last say in the game though as Setaro went over and he then added the drop-goal conversion to complete the scoring.

It was an excellent game of rugby with the real winners being those who will benefit from the money raised.

It will go to Valero’s Charity of the year, The Pembrokeshire Cancer Support Group.

Organiser Gareth Scourfield, who also coached the Valero team, said: “It was a fantastic day, enjoyed by all, it was great to see so many people there.”

Pembrokeshire County Squad Coaches: Steve Martin (Milford Haven); Jon Evans (Tenby United); Gareth Bennett (Whitland); John Davies (Crymych).

Players: Jack Mason (Captain ) – Whitland (Back row); Iestyn Evans – Neyland (Back row); Owain Evans – Neyland (Back row); Scott Powell – Pembroke (Lock); Rhys Price – St David’s (Hooker); Jack Broadhurst – Tenby (Back row); Ben Gibby – PD Quins (Lock ); Jack Davies – PD Quins (Prop); Will Delaney – Fishguard (Prop); Chris Shousha – Fishguard (Back row); Kyle Hamer – Milford (Back row); Ieuan Power – Llangwm (Prop); Jason Mock – Llangwm (Lock ); Jack Clancy – Haverfordwest (Lock).
Steve Martin – Milford Haven (Full back); George Williams – Neyland (Centre ); Nico Setaro – Whitland (Outside half); George Raymond – St David’s (Centre); Cam Broadhurst – Tenby (Scrum half); Jamie Lewis – Milford (Centre); Dafydd Phillips – Crymych (Scrum half); Tomos Phillips – Crymych (Centre); Lewys Gibby – Pembroke (Scrum half); Josh Thomas – Haverfordwest (Centre); Dylan Walsh – Narberth (Scrum half); Ryan Scourfield – Narberth (Full back)

Valero RFC Coaches: Nathan Williams (Milford); Chris James (Narberth); Lee Scourfield (PD Quins); Gareth Scourfield (PD Quins)

First Aid: Huw Baker (PD Quins)

Players: Geoff Martin (Captain) – Tenby (Prop); Jonny Palmer – Pembroke (Prop); Jamie Brayford – Pembroke (Prop); Max Haywood – Pembroke (Hooker); Neil Brace – PD Quins (Hooker); Dewi Williams – Milford (Second row); Chris Hall – Milford (Second row); Darren Potter – PD Quins (Second row); Mike Davies -Tenby (Back row); Cyle Weatherall – Pembroke (Second row); Harry Owen – PD Quins (Back row); Joe Powell – Llandovery (Back row); Mark Boswell – Pembroke (Second row); Matt Price – Pembroke (Back row).
Jake Griffiths – PD Quins (Scrum half); Lewis Davies – Pembroke (Outside half); Jack Price – PD Quins (Centre); Jack Evans – Haverfordwest (Wing); Lloyd Thomas – Tenby (Outside half); Jordon Asparassa – Tenby (Wing); Iwan Thomas – Cardiff Met (Scrum half); Simon Stanford – Pembroke (Full back).

Valero team


Cup semi-finals and more league action this weekend



THERE are two Divisional cup semi-finals this weekend as well as the usual league action across Pembrokeshire.

The first of those semis is in the Division 3 Cup. Letterston will take on Lawrenny at Carew with that game kicking off at 2pm.

Letterston beat holders Clarbeston Road seconds on penalties in the last round while Lawrenny beat St Florence.

The other semi-final sees Haverfordwest CC taking on Camrose with that game taking place next weekend, March 11.

There is also one semi-final in the Division 5 Cup this weekend and it sees Cosheston seconds taking on Milford Athletic seconds with that game being played at Pembroke Boro and also kicking off at 2pm.

Cosheston beat Pembroke Boro seconds 5-1 in the quarter finals while Milford Athletic beat Broad Haven seconds 4-3.

There is a game in the Division 2 cup too as Herbrandston host Solva, with that game again kicking off at 2pm.

In Division 1, leaders Goodwick United host Kilgetty in what will be a good game between two in-form teams. Goodwick earned a 2-0 win over Kilgetty in their last meeting. Both sides go into this game on three-game unbeaten runs (in all competitions) and it promises to be a close encounter.

Second placed Merlins Bridge have suffered three straight defeats in all competitions and they will look to get back to winning ways when they take on Fishguard.

Clarbeston Road take on Neyland and the league’s bottom two also meet as St Clears travel to St Ishmaels.

Monkton Swifts are on a four game unbeaten run and they face local rivals Pennar Robins who themselves have won their last two games.

All Division 1 games will be kicking off at 2:30pm.

In Division 2, second placed Milford United host fifth placed Johnston. Milford were beaten last week by Tenby and they will be keen to get back to winning ways.

Johnston are unbeaten in three games and they will be looking for another win to close the gap on the top four.

Narberth have won their last three games and they take on Carew seconds. A win for the Bluebirds will take them closer to their opponents in the table.

Tenby will be bouyed by their win over Milford last week and they host Broad Haven on Saturday.

Pennar Robins seconds earned their first win of the season last weekend and they now host rivals Monkton Swifts seconds.

In Division 3, Cosheston host Camrose, Haverfordwest Cricket Club host Goodwick United seconds. Milford Athletic host Pendine and Pembroke Boro visit St Florence.

Fixtures for Division 4:

Angle v Newport Tigers
Camrose II v Tenby II
Carew III v Prendergast Villa
Kilgetty II v St Ishmaels II
Neyland II v Herbrandston II

Fixtures for Division 5:

Broad Haven II v Pembroke Boro II
Johnston II v N Hedges & Saundersfoot
Lawrenny II v Letterston II
St Clears II v Monkton Swifts III

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Bluebirds beaten on the road



HAVERFODWEST County suffered defeat on Saturday (Feb 25) as their hopes of finishing seventh took a blow.

The Bluebirds had beaten Flint Town United last time out and were hoping to pick up another win but they came up against a Pontypridd side bouyed by their late show against Aberystwyth in their last game which saw them earn a 3-3 draw.

There was a chance for Ben Fawcett early on as he latched on to a long ball but his shot from the edge of the area went just wide.

In the 24th minute, Jordan Davies crossed the ball to the back post for Jazz Richards whose header back towards proved too hot for the Ponty keeper to handle who palmed the ball into the net.

However, nine minutes later the home side were back level as Kieran Lewis’ corner was headed in by Jarrad Wright.

The game remained 1-1 at the break with both sides keen to make a good start to the second half.

For the Bluebirds, it was anything but. Four minutes in, Oscar Borg was sent off for pulling down Ponty’s Ben Ahmun, giving the home side a free kick on the edge of the box.

Lewis stepped up and curled a brilliant effort into the net to put the home side ahead.

Ponty nearly added a third late on as the ball was sent through for Danny Williams but he could not beat Bluebirds keeper Zac Jones. The rebound fell to Owain Jones but he sent his effort over the bar.

The win for Ponty moves them back out of the bottom two and they now sit three points behind the Bluebirds.

The sides now have a two-week break before their next league game.

On Saturday, March 11, Haverfordwest travel to Aberystwyth Town while Pontypridd host Caernarfon Town.

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Division 2: Johnston, Tenby and Hakin seconds earn victories



THERE were wins for Johnston, Tenby and Hakin United seconds on Saturday (Feb 25) as the race for promotion to Division 1 hots up.

Hakin United seconds remain top of the table after they beat Monkton Swifts seconds 2-0.

Leon Davies scored after half an hour and James Trueman added a second with twenty minutes to go as the Vikings earned their thirteenth win of the season.

Their gap to second placed Milford United increased to four points as the Robins were beaten 4-0 by Tenby.

After a goalless first half, Dan Storer put Tenby ahead before Scott Ferney added a second. Jerome Mansbridge added a third before Ferney put the result beyond doubt with an 82nd minute penalty.

Herbrandston missed the chance to close the gap to Milford after they were beaten 2-0 by Johnston.

Craig Bendall scored a 17th minute penalty and Joey George added a second ten minutes before the break. There were no more goals and Johnston held on for the win which moves them five points behind Herbie.

Narberth earned their third league win in a row on Saturday as they came from behind to beat Merlins Bridge seconds 2-1.

Rhys Corney put the Wizards ahead but two quick goals from Jordan Williams and Morgan Preece gave Narberth victory.

Broad Haven earned their sixth win of the season on Saturday as they beat Solva 6-1.

Jack Thornton put Solva ahead in the thirteenth minute but Thomas Lawrence equalised a minute later.

Spencer Le-Petit then scored either side of half time to make it 3-1. Ian Harvey added a fourth before scoring a further two goals in the space of four minutes to seal a comfortable win.

Pennar Robins seconds earned their first win of the season on Saturday as they beat Carew seconds 1-0. It had looked as if the game was heading for a 0-0 draw but a late goal from Bobby Jones earned Pennar a welcome win.

Fixtures for Saturday, March 4:

Second Division Cup
Herbrandston v Solva

Division 2
Milford United v Johnston
Narberth v Carew seconds
Pennar Robins seconds v Monkton Swifts seconds
Tenby v Broad Haven

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