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Otters move up to sixth with Friday night win over Trebanos

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ON Friday night (Mar 18) Narberth travelled to Trebanos for a rearranged league fixture and had a mixed squad of experienced players and youngsters due to Covid issues and work commitments.

Trebanos started the game well and were keeping the Otters on the defensive within their own half.

However, against the run of play, full back Nick Gale intercepted a pass close to his own line and ran a full 80 metres to score wide out. Fly half Jonathan Rogers converted (0-7).

The home team continued to dominate play but excellent defence from the Otters kept them out.

Then from a scrum on the half way line Rogers chipped the ball over the top of the Trebanos defensive line and the ball was collected by centre Jake Jenkins who raced up field and when tackled the ball was released to young second row, Rhys Williams, who passed on to the supporting Gale who once again scored in the corner. Rogers converted (0-14).

Trebanos continued to attack at every opportunity but when trying to run out of defence the ball was dropped and Otters winger Josh Davies was quick to get to the ball and kick it downfield.

He regathered the ball close to the home team’s try line and was able to force his way over the line with two Trebanos defenders hanging on to him. Rogers once again converted to stretch the Otters lead to 0-21.

Before the break Rogers kicked a penalty for the visitors and Trebanos fly half Rhys Harries responded with a penalty to get their first points on the board (3-24).

Throughout the second half Trebanos continued to look dangerous with ball in hand and although managing to control the majority of possession some exceptionally strong defence from flankers Tom Curry and Richie Rees and centres Jake Jenkins and Rheon James continued to stop the home team in their tracks.

The Otters also had their chances to score in the second half but were unable to get a further try and bonus point to go with it.

Trebanos eventually managed to get over the Otters try line to peg the score back to 8-24 but Narberth completed the scoring when Rogers once again kicked a penalty near the end of the game to make the final score 8-27 to the Otters.

The Narberth coaches gave their Man of the Match Award to Rhys Williams for his overall work rate, ball carrying skills and defensive work. Next week the Otters have another away League match against second placed Bedwas which is sure to be another tough encounter.

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Burton ladies beat Pembroke Dock to win Clive Huxley Cup

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BURTON ladies won the Clive Huxley Cup on Sunday, August 7, as they beat Pembroke Dock in the final.

The game was played at Stackpole and a good crowd gathered to watch two teams who had played brilliantly throughout the league season.

Pembroke Dock sat top of Division 2 while Burton were second in Division 1 and it promised to be an exciting final.

There were some excellent performances and some outstanding catches but it was Burton who came out on top.

Burton won the toss and chose to field first and they were able to restrict the Dockettes to 82-8 in their 20 overs.

Olivia James struck in the second to remove Carys Lloyd. Sian James scored 16 but she was then bowled by James.

Katie Griffiths and Ava Midgeley then shared 31 runs for the third wicket. However, Midgeley was then stumped off the bowling of Zoe Brick on a score of 14.

Soon after, Griffiths departed, having also scored 14, when she was caught by Bronwen Scale off the bowling of Finola Scale.

Finola Scale also claimed the wicket of Cheryl Hughes before Lilly Thomas bowled both Rachel Sander and Nicola Murray.

Olivia James returned and she bowled Lana Jones for a duck and to finish with excellent figures of 3-18.

Pembroke Dock ladies celebrate the catch of the match

Burton began their reply well with Finola Scale and Rhiannon Morgan sharing 45 runs for the first wicket.

Morgan was then trapped leg before by Lana Jones but the runs continued as Scale and Lilly Thomas added another 34 runs before the second wicket fell.

Thomas hit two fours but she was caught and bowled by Cheryl Hughes.

Finola Scale was joined by Bronwen Scale and the pair shared the best partnership of the match, adding 72 runs for the third wicket.

Bronwen hit four fours in her score of 30 but she was then caught by Lana Jones off the bowling of Carys Lloyd.

Ava Midgeley then bowled Rebecca Barton for a duck and Olivia James was run out as the Dock hit back late on, looking to keep the score down.

They were unable to remove Finola Scale though as she finished unbeaten on 76 which included 10 fours.

That gave Burton a score of 163-5 in their 20 overs, a lead of 81.

The Dockettes knew they would need to bat well if they were to get Burton to bat again and they made a good start with Katie Griffiths and Ava Midgeley sharing 20 runs.

Midgeley made a score of 10 but she was then bowled by Finola Scale.

Soon after, Sian James was caught by Elaine Scale off the bowling of Rhiannon Morgan and Carys Lloyd was also caught by Elaine off the bowling off the bowling of Finola Scale.

That left the Dock 33-3 but Griffiths and Cheryl Hughes added 27 runs for the fourth wicket.

Hughes hit two fours in her score of 16 but she was then bowled by Morgan.

More wickets began to fall as Rachel Sander was run out and Nicola Murray was bowled by Finola Scale for a duck.

Opener Griffiths had made her way to a score of 21 but she was then bowled by Lilly Thomas the Dock slipped to 72-7.

Louise Kitts was bowled by Thomas and Ellie Davies was run out. Olivia James then bowled Lowis Hughes and the Dockettes were all out for 83.

It meant that Burton would need just three runs to win the game. They needed just five runs to hit the winning four and Burton celebrated their cup win.

After the match, Finola Scale was named as the player of the match for her knock of 76 and figures of 3-11 and 2-10 in both innings.

Player of the match: Finola Scale
Runners up: Pembroke Dock ladies
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Rogers achieves fourth place finish at UK Strongest Man event

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PEMBROKESHIRE man Wayne Rodgers recently achieved a fourth place finish at the UK’s Strongest Man Masters tournament.

Wayne, from Mastlebridge, travelled to the event, held in Bishop Auckland, following numerous hours of training.

Competing with some of the strongest men in Great Britain, Wayne finished just half a point off the podium places.

And he is already looking ahead to his next competition, Wales’ Strongest Man, in Cwmbran on October 31.

Speaking to the Herald after the event, Wayne said: “It felt good, there were some massive lads there. I was half a point off finishing in third place. It was a shock to the system but I am chuffed with that.”

It was an incredibly tight contest with just two points separating the top four.

Among the events Wayne competed in was the Viking Press. He came third in that event with 12 reps, the winner producing 15 reps.

In the deadlift event, Wayne managed 310kg and was all set to go for 320kg, which would have been a Welsh Masters’ record, but he was just unable to complete the lift.

Wayne also did a Farmers Walk and also competed in the famous Atlas Stones event. Wayne managed 140kg but couldn’t quite get the 150kg stone up.

The final event was the car deadlift and Wayne managed to hold for 85 seconds, just five seconds off the leaders’ time.

Wayne, who works as a roofer, trains three nights a week with Pembrokeshire Powerlifting in Cresselly and is also one of the organisers of the Pembrokeshire’s Strongest Man event.

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Hakin to play Herbie in Joe Lennon Final

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HAKIN United will play Herbrandston in the Joe Lennon Cup Final on Friday (Aug 12) after the pair won their respective semi-finals this week.

Hakin United earned a 6-0 win over Milford United on Monday, August 8. Goals from Justin Harding, Leon Luby, Jack Britton, Shane Walsh, Laurie Haworth and Hayden Dimond gave them a comfortable win.

It was the same story on Wednesday (Aug 10), as Herbrandston beat St Ishmaels 6-0.

Craig Nicholson scored twice for Herbie with other goals coming from Dan Evans, Callum Stannett and Daniel Armstrong.

The final will be played at The Obs on Friday, August 12, 6pm kick off.

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