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Bluebirds end losing streak with draw against Flint

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HAVERFORDWEST COUNTY had to settle for a share of the spoils from a 1-1 draw with Flint Town United yesterday, which ended the Bluebirds’ run of four consecutive defeats.

Dylan Rees’ goal after 23 minutes gave County the lead at the Ogi Bridge Meadow, but Bobby Beaumont equalised just before half-time.

The Bluebirds had more of the play throughout the game, but struggled to create clear-cut opportunities after the break as the match ended honours even.

Manager Tony Pennock made three changes to the side from Tuesday’s game against Taff’s Well, with Zac Jones, Jazz Richards and Rhys Abbruzzese coming in for Lee Idzi, Iori Humphreys and Ryan George. There was a first league start for 16-year-old Harri John, while midfielder Corey Shephard made a welcome return to the squad for the first time since April.

The hosts made a positive start to the game, which much of the action taking place inside the Silkmen’s half. Jordan Davies saw his shot go wide after Jayden Major was off target with the first effort of the afternoon.

Having knocked on the door in the opening 20 minutes, the Bluebirds went ahead when captain Rees reacted fastest to leap off the ground and direct the ball into the right corner with his acrobatic effort to make it 1-0.

Pennock’s side were very much on the front foot at this point, and they created a couple more chances when Jordan Davies’ cross picked out Ben Fawcett, who headed wide, before Abbruzzese’s well struck shot was saved at the near post by Harry Allen.

County appeared to be in control with half-time approaching, but the visitors were able to draw themselves level just two minutes before the interval when Beaumont headed in at the far post from a corner.

Abbruzzese was heavily involved for the Bluebirds with another high energy display, and the wing-back almost set up Jamie Veale who saw his shot saved by Allen, before his snapshot from distance was just wide of the left post.

Chances were harder to come by for the Pembrokeshire outfit in the final half hour, with their best opportunity arriving when Jack Wilson’s squared pass took a deflection off a Flint player before rolling just wide of the right post.

County were boosted by the return of Shephard, who was introduced from the bench for the final 15 minutes, as the game drew to a conclusion with neither side able to score a late winning goal.

The Bluebirds are back in action on Tuesday night, when they host Cardiff Metropolitan at the Ogi Bridge Meadow. Kick-off is at 7.45pm, and you can purchase tickets beforehand from the club’s Official Ticket Partner, Ticketpass. A percentage of every sale will be donated to their Official Charity Partner, the Justin Edinburgh 3 Foundation.

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Seren shines in shooting sports, breaking records and winning medals

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SEREN THORNE, a young talent from Letterston, has been making waves in the world of 10m air rifle precision shooting. A former student of Ysgol Casblaidd, Ysgol Bro Gwaun, and the sixth form at Haverfordwest’s VC High School, Seren is currently furthering her education in music at Cardiff University. However, it is her achievements in shooting sports that are capturing the nation’s attention.

Seren’s journey in shooting began at the tender age of 8, initially with the pistol as part of her participation in the Pony Club tetrathlon. Her transition to the air rifle in 2020 marked the beginning of an illustrious path in this discipline. Since then, Seren has not only embraced the sport but has excelled at it, demonstrating an exceptional level of precision and composure.

Her hard work and dedication bore fruit in November when she clinched two gold medals at the Welsh Championships. At this event, Seren not only topped the podium but also broke the Welsh and British junior women’s qualification record, setting a new benchmark for aspiring shooters.

However, Seren’s achievements did not stop at the national level. In February, she represented Great Britain at the Junior World Cup in Granada, Spain. There, she added to her medal tally by securing an individual silver medal and breaking the British junior women’s final record. Seren’s success continued as she contributed to a mixed team bronze medal, once again breaking the previous British junior record.

More recently, Seren participated in the British Open Championships, where she was crowned the British junior women’s champion and won the British confined open women’s championship. These victories are a testament to her skill, determination, and the promising future she has in the sport of shooting.

Seren Thorne’s achievements are not just personal victories but also a source of pride for her community in Letterston, her schools, and indeed for the whole of Britain. As she continues to study and train, the nation watches eagerly to see how far this talented young shooter will go.

Seren’s journey in shooting sports is a vivid reminder of the dedication and hard work required to excel at the highest levels, and she is undoubtedly a rising star to keep an eye on in the years to come.

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Crunch time in local Cup Competitions

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Recently we have lost so much local sport due to weather making pitches unplayable. This weekend however looks more promising and there are some huge cup ties due to take place. We’ve previewed the West Wales Cup and Senior Cup, with the second division cup preview to follow.

The West Wales Cup fifth round sees four Pembrokeshire based teams in action, with one all Pembs tie as Merlins Bridge host Kilgetty. Meanwhile Goodwick United travel to Seaside and Milford United host Penlan.

West Wales Cup Ties –

Seaside vs Goodwick United

Goodwick United are a team nobody wants to face in any competition in current form. However Seaside will be very confident themselves, they sit top of their division and are a massive sixteen points clear of second place. Last time out in this competition they beat Carew 2-1, and haven’t lost a game since October. A real test for Chris O’Sullivans men this one when they travel to Llanelli, I’m sure they’ll have plenty of support on the supporters bus too.

Milford United vs Penlan

Steve Parks and his men have been looking forward to this fixture since it was drawn, they are in excellent form this year and this will be a great match up. Penlan themselves are a strong outfit and beat Evans and Williams last time out in the competition. A mouthwatering match up down at Marble Hall which I’m sure will draw plenty of local support.

Merlins Bridge vs Kilgetty

The league table would suggest the Wizards are the stronger of the two Pembrokeshire teams in this tie. However Kilgetty have a lot of games in hand over the majority of the league and their league position is somewhat misleading. A team with plenty of quality and the hosts will have to be on top form to ensure the visitors don’t upset the party here.

Pembrokeshire Senior Cup Ties

Fishguard Sports vs Clarbeston Road

The hosts are not enjoying much success in their league campaign so far this season. The visitors are on the opposite end of the scale and have impressed in the league this year. Matthew Fox’ team have shown they have the quality to go all the way in this competition and he’ll be hoping for a good performance.

Haverfordwest Cricket Club vs Carew

Third division Haverfordwest Cricket Club are more than a potential banana skin for Carew. The visitors naturally will be confident going into this one however the hosts have plenty of experienced and quality players in their ranks and will be no push overs.

Pennar Robins vs Tenby

Two first division teams who have had two close games already this season. Last time out it was a 2-2 draw and before that Tenby won a close game 2-1. Another close game is to be expected and both teams will be quietly confident of progressing to the latter stages of this competition.

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Pembrokeshire Football Division One Round Up

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It was once again a weekend where the majority of the county’s scheduled football fell foul to waterlogged and unplayable pitches. A frustrating time for players, club members and referees alike as the last month to six weeks has been very wet and we’ve had a huge number of games called off.

In the first division Clarbeston Road continued their dominance over Hakin United as we reported in our feature game. Two other games were played in the top division Tenby made it three wins in a row when they beat Fishguard 4-2 at the Clicketts. Adam Muskett scored twice, both assisted by the man of the match Jerome Mansbridge who then scored twice to cap off a stand out performance. The result lifts the Seasiders into fifth place, while Fishguard look all but relegated as they sit rock bottom on just four points.

Tenby’s local rivals Kilgetty boosted their league position with an important win over Pennar Robins at Bush Camp. Robins missed a great opportunity to go one up when they were awarded a penalty but Edmundson failed to hit the target from the spot. Josh Bevans goal was enough to secure the three points for the visitors who now only sit two points behind Pennar with four games in hand over them. 

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