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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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Narberth hosts Under 8s Rugby festival

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ON a cold Sunday morning (Sept 25) with temperatures barely above 10 degrees and with occasional rain and drizzle to dampen things down, a lively bunch of parents and coaches were entertained by youngsters learning and honing their rugby skills at the Lewis Lloyd ground which is the home of Narberth rugby.

It was a Lovely festival at home for the U8s of Narberth RFC and the young Otters won all their games:

Narberth 6 Llangwm 2
Tries from: 

Joe H x2
Danny E x1
Frankie P x2
Morgan R x1

Narberth 5 St Davids 2
Tries:

Noah L x1
Joe H x2
Danny E x2

Narberth 5 Pembroke 1
Tries:

Noah L x 2
Frankie P x 2
Molly J x1

Narberth 6 Milford 1
Tries:

Noah L x1
Jac M x1
Joe H x 1
Danny E x 2
Arthur P x 1

All the young players, boys and girls in the mixed team, were very pleased to be sporting their new kit, sponsored by RTS Lime Conservation and Tlysau’r Mor.

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Narberth Athletic seal big win over Emlyn

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THIS was a game of two halves, with Narberth playing at home on a very cold Saturday (Sept 24).

The visitors caused Narberth all sorts of problems at the breakdown in a frustrating first half of 40 minutes, the home team conceded 14 penalties but scored one try through Ryan Scourfield. Half time score 7-3.

After a good half time team talk from coaches Matt Davies and James Merriman, Narberth came out in the second half with a bit more enthusiasm and started to play at their renowned fast-running tempo creating some quick ball for the backs to work off, soon the tries started to come, scoring five tries in a purple ten-minute patch through players Ryan Scourfield, Shane Rossiter, Jordie James and Will (Pop) Davies.

During the second half, with Ryan Scourfield going over for his hat trick, two more tries followed from outside centre Llew Jones and Owain Hughes finishing off a superb display of running rugby.

Llew Jones moves the ball on

Shane Rossiter added four conversions to take the tally over 50 points. The running and linking play of the Narberth backs outclassed the visitors who never managed to breakdown the Narberth defence so they were unable to score any tries throughout the game.

Man of the match was awarded to flanker No 6 Jack Tucker on his first game back after a spell in Tenby.

A large crowd turned out to watch the squad and were well entertained. They enjoyed a social gathering in the clubhouse afterwards to finish the day off.

Sadly, one of the substitutes of the Newcastle Emlyn team, No. 6 Flanker Shaun Hawkins, suffered a leg and groin injury five minutes into the second half so he was taken to Withybush Hospital for a review. Narberth RFC wish him a speedy recovery.

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Narberth hold on for thrilling win over Bedwas

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NARBERTH travelled to Bedwas on Saturday (Sept 24) and came away with an excellent win at a ground where they hadn’t won for many years.

The young Otters team started well and within minutes a break from the base of a Narberth scrum led to centre Ilan Phillips sprinting in near the posts for a try which was converted by fly half Ianto Griffiths (0-7).

Shortly afterwards swift passing of the ball along the Narberth back line resulted in wing Josh Davies scoring in the corner. The try went unconverted (0-12).

Bedwas got themselves back into the game when the Bedwas scrum half took a quick penalty five metres from the Narberth line and scored under the posts. The Bedwas fly half converted to make the score 7-12.

Both teams attempted to run the ball at every opportunity but defences held firm until the ball unexpectedly popped out of the back of the Bedwas scrum and flanker Tom Powell was on hand to receive a pass and charge downfield. He raced a full 50 yards with no-one able to catch him until he reached the Bedwas try line and scored under the posts. Griffiths converted (7-19).

Then just before the break Bedwas were guilty of holding onto the ball on the ground and Griffiths kicked the penalty to make the half time score 7-22.

In the second half Bedwas came out far more determined and the Otters were forced to defend for long periods close to their try line. Eventually the Bedwas openside flanker raced over to score in the corner. The conversion attempt failed (12-22).

Within minutes Bedwas had scored again when from a lineout on the Narberth 5 metre line a rolling maul enabled the Bedwas hooker to score a try wide out and the conversion attempt was successful (19-22).

The Otters were now under constant pressure and the home crowd were jubilant when a further try was scored in the corner by the Bedwas right wing which was again converted to put the home team in the lead for the first time in the match by 26 points to 22.

However Narberth refused to give up and with ten minutes remaining they managed to score their fourth try when Josh Davies beat his man along the left touchline and passed inside to his supporting scrum half Lewys Gibby who scored the winning try wide out. The conversion attempt failed but the Otters held out for the remaining minutes to win an exciting and enthralling match 26-27.

After the match coach Sean Gale said: “I’m very pleased to come away with a win. We had 7 players in the squad today who were under 23 years of age and as a coaching team we feel we are doing our best to develop the young players in the area which augurs well for the future of the Club.”

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