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Cresselly on brink of title after beating Neyland

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CRESSELLY are on the brink of claiming the Division 1 title after beating 2021 champions Neyland on Saturday (Aug 13).

They sit 17 points ahead of nearest challengers Llangwm going into the final game of the season.

Cresselly would need only three bonus points to secure the title but anything less, coupled with 20-point win for Llangwm, would see their challengers take the title.

On Saturday, Cresselly won the toss and chose to field and they were able to bowl Neyland out for 143.

Sean Hannon and Nick Koomen opened up with 18 runs for the first wicket before Sean was caught by Neilson Cole off the bowling of Dan James.

Koomen fell on a score of 19 when he was caught by Tom Murphy off the bowling of Charlie Arthur and soon after, Ashley Sutton was caught by Simon Cole off the bowling of James.

Ross Hardy and Gregg Miller fell to the same duo as Neyland were in trouble on 40-5.

Paul Murray and Patrick Hannon looked to stop the flow of wickets as they shared 22 runs but Tom Murphy had Murray caught and bowled on a score of 21.

Hannon and Brad McDermott-Jenkins added another 22 runs for the seventh wicket before Nicky Cope got in on the wickets.

He had had Hannon caught by Simon Cole on a score of 12.

McDermott-Jenkins made 18 but he was then caught by Neilson Cole off the bowling of Murphy.

That left them on 90-8 but Jack John and Andrew Miller shared 42 runs for the ninth wicket as they looked to push the score up.

John hit three fours in his score of 23 but he was run out by Tom Arthur. Miller scored 19 but was bowled by Tom Arthur and Neyland’s innings came to a close in the 44th over.

Adam Chandler and Matthew Morgan shared 60 runs for Cresselly as they got their reply off to a great start.

Chandler scored 29 before being caught by Sean Hannon off the bowling of Ross Hardy.

Morgan hit ten fours in his score of 60 but he was then forced to retire hurt.

Simon Cole and Iwan Izzard were then able to see Cresselly to victory with plenty of time to spare.

Izzard hit three fours in his score of 18 while Cole hit six fours in his score of 33 as Cresselly won by nine wickets.

Cresselly’s final game of the season sees them take on Narberth on Saturday, August 20.

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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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