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Daley hits maiden ton but Dock fall short against Town

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HAVERFORDWEST and Pembroke Dock were relegated to Division 2 on Saturday (Aug 13) despite a win for Town.

Going into the game Town knew they would need to win and hope the teams above didn’t pick up many bonus points. The Dock also needed to win to keep their survival hopes alive but it wasn’t to be for either side.

Town won the toss and chose to bat and they were able to score 249-7 from their 45 overs.

Adam James and Mikey Jones made a good start for the home side as they shared 56 runs for the first wicket.

James hit four fours and four sixes as he smashed his way to a score of 44 from just 24 balls but he could not carry on as he was then bowled by George Smith.

Jones and Ben Field added another 56 runs for the second wicket as Jones neared his half century. He hit nine fours in his score of 48 but he was then caught by Jamie White off the bowling of Neil Gregory.

Ben Field and Dai Davies then shared a third stand of 56 runs as they continued to bat well.

Field then became the third batsman to miss out on a half century. He hit six fours and a six in his score of 49 but he was then caught by Scott Griffiths off the bowling of Billy Wood.

Wood then also bowled Chris Phillips and Archie Thomas as Town slipped to 175-5.

Davies and Jack Scriven then shared 41 runs for the sixth wicket as they took their score over 200.

Scriven hit four fours in his score of 21 but he was caught by Jake Davies off the bowling of Wood.

Wood then claimed his fifth wicket as he had Ashley James caught by Euan McDonald.

Davies then reached his half century, having hit four fours and a six, finishing unbeaten on 52 as Town set the Dock 250 to win.

The Dock got their reply off to an excellent start as Jake Davies and Rhys Daley shared 98 runs for the first wicket.

Davies reached his half century after hitting six fours but he was caught by Ashley James off the bowling of Chris Phillips.

Billy Wood hit a four and a six in his quickfire 13 but he was then bowled by Phillips.

Daley and Scott Griffiths then shared another 85 runs for the third wicket as they kept themselves in the game.

Griffiths hit six fours in his score of 47 from 38 balls but he was caught by Archie Thomas off the bowling of Clive Tucker.

Daley then reached his first ever ton, hitting ten fours to finish unbeaten on 102.

Unfortunately for the Dock they finished just short on 234-3.

Both teams finish their season on Saturday, August 20, as Haverfordwest host Lawrenny and Pembroke Dock are at home against Neyland.

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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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