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Power strikes to win West Wales Cup for Neyland U15s

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Report and picture by Tony Organ

NEYLAND Under 15s are West Wales champions – just like the Under 14s – after beating Sandfields Juniors 1-0 in Carmarthen.

It was a close affair against the Port Talbot side in what was an engrossing West Wales Cup final under floodlights at Richmond Park.

There was nothing between the two sides after 90 minutes and it took until the second period of extra-time for LEO POWER to score the winner amid scenes of utter jubilation.

The Under 14s also won their West Wales Cup final 1-0 and it shows the determination and fighting spirit and never-say-die attitude of Neyland’s youngsters.

Tuesday’s win makes it four cup successes for the Under 15s and Under 14s this season – two in the Pembs Cup in their respective age groups and two in West Wales competitions. Plus the Under 14s won their league while the Under 15s finished runners-up.

Neyland slightly edged the first half and tested the Sandfield keeper three times. The first occasion came via Ben Gale (8 minutes) and then Pirates keeper Lennon Howlett was called upon to make what was a comfortable save (11).

A Mason Morgan-Hurley corner struck the post (20) before midfield general Ashley Watkins produced a decent effort (30) and the score was level at the interval.

It was nip-and-tuck in the second half and we had a number of chances to win the game, especially with the last kick of normal time via an effort from Ben Gale. But it ended goalless and the final went into extra-time (10 minutes each way).

This was a nervous affair before Leo Power struck to take the cup home to Neyland.

Thanks once again to the sponsors of the team coach: R&M Electrical, O C Davies & Son Roundabout Garage Neyland and the Inker Family.

The squad tonight was: Lennon Howlett (GK), Harry Young (C) Theo Davies, Jay Barrett, Joe Gale, Mason Morgan Hurley, Ben Gale, George Wheeler, Ashley Watkins, Ethan Davies, Logan Scutt, Kieron Palmer, Cai Abbott, Sammie Vaughan-Harries and Leo Power.

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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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