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Clarby on the charge as Fox’s men impress once again



Hakin United 1 – 4 Clarbeston Road

CLARBESTON ROAD got off to a flying start to 2024 with a hard fought victory over top of the table Hakin at a very sticky Obs Ground. Hakin would have been looking to get the victory that would keep them at the top of the table, and would have been looking to avenge the defeat against Clarby earlier in the season in the Senior Cup. Matthew Fox’s team have been impressing all season, the cup win we deemed as a ‘shock’, it would be unfair to label this result a shock, Hakin would have been well aware of the visitors quality before kick off, however were unable to stop them.

Hakin started the brighter without creating anything clear cut but were the team in the ascendancy for the opening exchanges. However it was Clarby who then grew into the game and started to get the ball down and play. It was a route one ball that broke the deadlock. A long kick upfield from Clarby keeper Mansell evaded the Hakin defence, and Laurie Howarth, against his former club, was on hand to cut inside from the left of the box and unleash an unstoppable shot into the top right stanchion of Aldred’s goal. Buoyed by the goal, Clarby were on the front foot and when Ben John, who caused trouble for the Hakin defence all game., was brought down 25 yards from goal, up stepped Matthew “Chicken” Davies and he smashed his effort goal bound through the crowded box and into the roof of the Hakin net for a two nil lead.

Hakin, however, soon got a goal that got them back in it. A free kick down the hosts right was swung to the back post, and with the ball only half headed clear, Jordan Richards was on hand to thump home a side foot volley into the top left corner. This gave Hakin the lift they needed and they began to build pressure looking for the equaliser.  Having some joy down the flanks, they then threw a number of good deliveries into the visitors box but the centre half pairing of Tom Withers and Sami Hurton held firm. Shane Walsh continued to probe and press down the Hakin right but it was Clarby defending resolutely looking to hit on the break.

It was the Hakin eagerness to press for an equaliser that opened up the game for Clarby in transition and it was Ben Rocky John who made most of the spaces being left. He picked up the ball wide right of the area, and his run beat a couple of Hakin defenders and he was able to stab the ball past Aldred to restore the 2 goal advantage which Clarby took into the break.

Understandably it was Hakin who came out after the break looking for an early goal. Resolute Clarby defending again meant that they held firm but Hakin were getting the chances and it was Mansell again on hand with a couple of great saves, one for a free kick from 20 yards and another from an acrobatic effort from substitute Ashley Bevan. Travis Jones was working hard in the Clarby midfield to keep Hakin at bay and limit chances to long range efforts.

As the game entered the last 20 minutes, with the next goal vital, it was Clarby that grabbed it. Again it was Ben John who managed to evade the challenges of Jay Power in the Hakin defence, and he was able to finish into the bottom right corner of the goal.

Clarby were then content to sit in and defend and were able to see out the game to take the win. In the final 10 minutes, Clarby rang the changes and 16 year old George Thomas entered the field for his Clarby debut, one I am sure he won’t forget. 

Referee John Jenkins blew the whistle for full time and a well earned 4-1 Victory for the visitors. Having beaten Hakin twice this season already, the questions is are Clarby the up and coming challengers for Goodwick. Granted they may not quite be there yet, but the rate they are improving has not gone unnoticed and has impressed many throughout the county.


Fox’s Clarby win nine goal thriller



Clarby came out on top of a nine goal thriller at Neyland on Saturday. The result means that Clarby remain in 3rd whilst Neyland will now be relegated to the second division.

The visitors started the better and 7 minutes in Laurie Howarth scored directly from a corner. However Neyland came back flying and started to cause problems for the away team.

There was then two goals in five minutes. The first Ben Gale nipped in between the Clarby’s centre backs to slot home and minutes later it was 2-1 as a deep cross evaded Clarby defence and Leo Power slid in to give the home side the lead.

After 32 mins Ben ‘Rocky’ John beat a defender at the left of the box and his outside of the foot effort went found its way in to make it all square again.

Some great play by Wood and Matthew Davies down the Clarby right hand side meant the latter crossed for Howarth to head home his second goal of the afternoon advantage visitors.

Haworth then completed his hat trick to make it 4-2 Clarby and it seemed the madness was over for the first half. However there was time for another goal as a wicked cross from Harry Young was deflected off the head of Rheinallt George into his own net for 4-3 at the oranges.

Seven goals in the first half, however the second half saw the game settle down well a little bit.

Laurie Haworth scored at the far post, Matthew Davies again the provider and it looked like Clarby would roll home. But Mikey Chandler scored in the 89th minute, a deft chip from all of 30 years an over Sam Edge in goal.

Despite a late push from the hosts it finished 5-4 to the visitors and it’ll be second division football for Neyland next season.

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Carew stun Robins late on



Milford United went into this fixture with five key players missing from the squad which allowed some 2nd team players to step into Steve Parks squad to face a Carew side that has been in good form.

The weather and pitch was good and the game kicked off with both teams playing some good football. It was a mistake from the Robins which would allow Carew to score on the 17th minute. The goal came through Griffiths who picked up a short pass and carried the ball and slotted it past the robins keeper, Milford dusted themselves down and played some good penetrating football down both wings through Tyler Sheil & Cameron Lees, it was lees who equalised on the 28th minute. Milford played some nice one two football on the right and Lees finished it off with a good finish.

Milford finished the half the strongest and should of taken the lead when Scott Reid broke the offside trap and was through one on one with the Carew keeper but his shot was pared away by the keeper.

The second half started with Carew pressing looking to dominate the play. Both sides had half chances and on the 75th minute Milford’s Morgan Picton released Reid who made no mistake rounding the keeper to put the Robins 2-1 up.

Robins manager Steve Parks thought at the 83rd minute that the win in the bag but Carew had other ideas and equalised through J. Hinchcliffe to level it at 2-2, in hind site a draw would have been a fair result for both managers.

Milford switched off and allowed Carew to score a third on the 87th minute and again at 90+4 leaving Parks absolutely stunned how Milford were winning 2-1 and gave is away in a lack lustre 10 minutes.

As the season draws to an end The Robins will be happy with their first season back in Div 1 and Carew look forward to their Senior cup Semi final against Clarbeston Road on Saturday.

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Johnston Reserves win nine goal thriller



Division 5 promotion chasers Johnston 2nds visited bottom of the table Cosheston 2nds in what should have been a routine victory for the visiting team.

On a pitch that looked like it had cattle grazing just a few hours previously, both teams started in an attacking fashion with the young Johnston forward line causing no end of trouble for the experienced Cosh defence.

In a game that could have gone either way, Cosh took an early lead through Rhys Griffiths, before a succession of chances were missed for both teams.

Johnston were playing well and their equaliser came in the 25th minute after good play by Alfie Crawford, who was using his pace to create havoc across the front line. Johnston took the lead a short time later through Crawford, after great work by the experienced Ashley Bevans and went further ahead a few moments later.

3-1 at half time in a highly entertaining game.

The second half started as the first half had finished, with both teams going for an all out attack mentality, and Cosheston got themselves back into the match in the 52nd minute and their constant attacking, combined with a little uncertainty in the Johnston defence, saw them equalise in the 53rd minute.

At this stage, the scoreline was 3-3 but could easily have been 6-6 and that was added to even further just a minute later, when Johnston retook the lead through Pete Donnelly!

Some game at The Playing Fields!!

Johnston made a tactical change with a view of firming up their defence with Squashie coming on for Liam Brown, and he made a positive impact ensuring the defence was communicating more, making it more difficult for the Cosheston strikers.

The visiting team scored two late goals to finish as 6-3 winners, but the game was exceptionally entertaining and on another day Cosheston would easily have come out on top.

Cosheston have had a tough season in many ways, but it was lovely to see the club stick together, and with some players coming back from injury hopefully they can build on this year and have a better season next.

Johnston continue to be a threat to all teams and now hope to push on and gain promotion.

Huge credit to both clubs for playing in a respectful manner throughout and referee Marty Jones praised both clubs in his post match Facebook post.

A credit to Pembs Div 5, good luck to Johnston in their promotion push.

Cosheston 3-6 Johnston.

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