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Harrison Allen: Town prove too strong for gutsy Herbie

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HAVERFORDWEST proved too strong for Herbrandston on Thursday night (Jul 28) as they booked their place in the final of the Harrison Allen Bowl.

The game was played at St Ishmaels and the Division 2 leaders put up a good fight but ultimately fell short in their chase of Town’s score of 184-7.

Ashley James and Mikey Jones opened up for Town, after they were asked to bat by Herbie, and they shared 21 runs for the first wicket.

James fell on a score of 16 when he was caught by David Malloy off the bowling of Dean John.

Jones and Ben Field then added 39 runs for the second wicket before Jones fell on 25 when he was caught by Jack Nicholas off the bowling of Rob Hood.

Field was joined by Dai Davies and the pair shared an excellent stand of 98 with the former reaching his half century.

Field hit six fours and two sixes in his knock of 64 but he was then caught by Kristian Bennett off the bowling of Paul Nicholas.

Town then lost quick wickets as their innings faltered as Kieran O’Connor was run out while Archie Thomas hit a six from his three balls before he was bowled by Paul Nicholas.

Jake Merry was also bowled by Dean John and Chris Phillips was run out late on.

That left Dai Davies not out on 48 from 41 balls (four fours) as Town set Herbie a target of 185 to win the game.

Herbie lost Jonathan Bennett early in their reply when he was bowled by Archie Thomas.

Ryan Davies was also bowled by Thomas as Herbie slipped to 13-2.

Harry Nicholas and Kristian Bennett added 13 for the third wicket but Bennett was caught by Chris Phillips off the bowling of Thomas.

Nicholas also fell on a score of 10 when he was caught by Dai Davies off the bowling of Ashley James.

Herbie’s chances of victory were beginning to slip away as Charlie Malloy was then trapped leg before by Clive Tucker and soon after Dean John was caught and bowled by Tucker.

That left Herbie on 36-6 and it soon became 41-7 when Rob Hood was caught by Jake Merry off the bowling of James.

Jack Nicholas and David Malloy then offered some resistance as they shared 41 runs for the eighth wicket.

Malloy scored 12 but he was bowled by Johnny White.

Nicholas had hit four fours in his score of 30 but he was then caught and bowled by Kieran O’Connor.

O’Connor then bowled Paul Nicholas to bring the game to a close and to secure a 100-run win for Town.

Town will now look forward to the final against Llangwm, to be played on Saturday, August 27 in Cresselly.

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Pembrokeshire Foootball Preview

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Once again we’ve had a wet week and groundsmen and volunteers up and down the county will be working hard today to try and ensure we get some games tomorrow. There are five cup ties due to take place tomorrow, three in the Senior Cup and two in the fifth division cup.

In the first division Clarbeston Road host Hakin United in what is a mouthwatering clash, the visitors will be extra motivated after Clarby have beaten the Vikings twice already this season. Elsewhere in the first division table toppers Goodwick United travel to Neyland in what looks likely to be a routine win for the visitors if form is anything to go by. Tenby United host Fishguard Sports at the Clicketts with the hosts looking very safely placed in mid-table, while Fishguard need a drastic change of form to have any chance of survival. Pennar Robins much like Tenby seem very safely positioned in the league, Carl Vincent’s team host Kilgetty who could do with a win or two to pull clear of the bottom two.

The second division has been full of interesting results of late and this weekend in form St Ishmaels host Monkton Swifts Reserves, the visitors have been faultless of late but the Mice are a tricky opponent. Promotion chasing Herbie also have a tricky game ahead as they travel to Johnston on the back of the Tigers win in the Senior Cup. Carew Reserves host St Clears in what really is a relegation six pointer and one neither team can afford to lose. Finally Broad Haven host Camrose in a mid table clash, the hosts would like a few more wins to be sure they won’t be sucked into any sort of relegation battle.

The Senior Cup has the potential for an upset this weekend with each of the three games having a strong favourite. In Cosheston there is likely to be plenty of passion and desire as they host local rivals Monkton Swifts and would love to knock their neighbours out of the cup. Solva who are having a good season in the third division host Merlins Bridge who on paper would be expected to win comfortably however the conditions in Solva are going to be more challenging than the perfect 4g surface they are used to at home. Finally in the cup, Haverfordwest Cricket Club host Carew in again will be a very different test for the visitors, Cricket Club have plenty of experience and quality in their ranks and the Rooks will have to be prepared to avoid any slip up here. 

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Saints revolution the real deal

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St Davids rugby club have always had a good junior set up, a good club house and a brilliant team spirit and culture off the pitch. However for the past decade the teams performances on the field were lacking, languishing at the bottom of division three west, hoping for a win or two a season. How times have changed!

This season they are in excellent form and sit fifth place in the league, above clubs who’ve sat above them in this league and leagues above very recently. Last Saturday saw the Saints host Pembroke, who last season were playing the likes of Llanelli Wanderers and Llangennech. However Saints are no longer a team clubs look forward to playing and they proved this once again Saturday coming out 31-24 winners.

Players such as Jack Jones, George Raymond, Ben Joyce and Morgan Griffiths are just a selection of the quality players at the Saints disposal this year. Under the guidance of club legend Jack Dudley the Saints are absolutely flying in comparison to what they’ve become accustomed to over the past decade.

Off the field the clubhouse is always welcoming and there’s always a good atmosphere in there post game win or lose. The junior section is strong and all in all the future for our county’s only city rugby club looks very bright. It’s a credit to all involved with the club as we well know it takes so much work to keep a small club alive. I’m sure there have been numerous challenges over the years including covid and struggling for players. It’s times like that when the club’s characters really come to the fore and I’m sure everyone involved with the club is prouder than ever of their teams on field performance.

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Goodwick win again as Mice hammer Cosh

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Most games fell foul to the weather last weekend with pitches saturated after all the rain we’ve had. Five games however did go ahead, including two senior cup ties. As Goodwick booked their place in the next round after another impressive win.

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Goodwick United 5-0 Herbrandston

Will Haworths excellent hat-rick put the tie to bed for the hosts before half time. Despite having a good season in division two Herbie were unable to pose any real threat to Goodwick senior cup run. Jones and Delaney added two more for O’Sullivans men in the second half. The excellent form continues and we await to see who they’ll face in the next round.

Camrose 2-3 Johnston

A five thriller goal thriller between two mid table division two teams, ended with the Tigers progressing to the next round. The visitors came back after finding themselves 2-0 down after a Chalmers brace for the hosts. Joey George started the late comeback with a goal after 79 minutes, Richards soon added the equaliser, before Kieran Blundell got the vital goal to send his team into the next round.

Elsewhere in league action St Ishmaels hammered Cosheston who’s recent form has been good. Brennan Devonald was the man of the match with a hat-rick for the Mice. Tish’ league form in 2024 is now three wins out of three and they climb to sixth with a fair amount of games in hand over the teams above them.

In the third division Morgan Elliott’s hat-rick kept Solva’s promotion charge on track. The hosts beat St Florence 3-1, and Solva now sit second just two points off table toppers Lawrenny. In the fourth division Angle came out on top of an eight goal thriller when they hosted St Ishmaels reverses. A brace a piece for Niall Brunton and James Potter ensured the points for the hosts, which leaves them in fourth place and with an outside shot of promotion as it stands.

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