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Cresselly survive Pembroke Dock scare to take win

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CRESSELLY maintained their position at the top of Division 1 on Saturday (Aug 6), but only after surviving a scare from Pembroke Dock.

The Division 1 leaders were reduced to 77-5 in response to the Dock’s 139-9 but Adam Chandler and Tom Murphy were able to see Cresselly to victory.

Earlier, Cresselly had won the toss and chose to field and the Dock made a good start as openers Rhys Daley and Billy Wood shared 40 runs for the first wicket.

Wood hit five fours in his score of 25 but he was then bowled by Charlie Arthur.

Daley and Scott Griffiths added 17 for the second wicket but Griffiths was trapped leg before by Dan James.

That sparked a mini-collapse as the Dock slipped from 57-2 to 66-5.

Anton John was bowled by James for a duck and Tom Murphy had Adam Phillips caught by Neilson Cole.

Daley had scored 24 but he was then stumped by Cole off the bowling of Nicky Cope.

Cope also bowled Neil Gregory to make the score 79-6 before Tom Grimwood and Nick Daley offered some resistance.

They shared 38 runs for the seventh wicket to take their score past 100.

Tom Arthur made the breakthrough though as he trapped Grimwood leg before on a score of 24 (three fours).

Jamie White was then caught by Tom Arthur off the bowling of Simon Cole before Euan McDonald was bowled by Charlie Arthur.

Daley and Rob Hearn then ensured the Dock batted out their overs, setting Cresselly 140 to win.

Hearn was not out on 6 while Daley finished unbeaten on 23.

Cresselly lost Phil Williams three balls into their reply when he was trapped leg before by Euan McDonald.

Matthew Morgan could only score 12 before he was also sent back after being caught by Scott Griffiths off the bowling of McDonald.

That left them on 15-2 and it soon became 20-3 when Simon Cole was caught and bowled by Neil Gregory.

Nicky Cope was also only at the crease for 10 balls as he was caught by Griffiths off the bowling of Billy Wood.

Adam Chandler and Dan James then shared 29 runs for the fifth wicket before the Dock struck again.

James scored 13 but he was caught by Rob Hearn off the bowling of Wood. That left the league leaders on 77-5 and the Dock had hopes of an unlikely victory.

However, Chandler reached his fifty and Tom Murphy also batted well as the pair held their nerve to see Cresselly over the line.

Murphy hit three fours and a six in his score of 25 not out while Chandler 13 fours as he finished unbeaten on 74.

The win gives Cresselly 17 points and they are now 19 ahead of nearest challengers Llangwm with two games left to play.

On Saturday, August 13, Cresselly travel to Neyland while Llangwm visit Lawrenny. Pembroke Dock’s next game sees them visit Haverfordwest.

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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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