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Freak goal and double penalty miss costs Bluebirds on Halloween

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Jordan Follows missed two penalties for the Bluebirds

A FREAK goal and two late penalty misses cost the Bluebirds all three points on Friday as they had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Afan Lido.

Jordan Follows could have settled it for the home side but after his first penalty was saved the referee ordered a re-take for encroachment by the Afan players.

However he sent the second penalty wide to let Afan Lido off the hook.

The visitors also survived the late sending off of Callum Bowden to earn themselves a point.

Rain and wind prior to the match had not made conditions easy at the Bridge Meadow but it was Haverfordwest started the brighter of the two teams.

The closest the home side came was when Chris O’Sullivan saw his free kick fly harmlessly over in the fifth minute.

Afan Lido threatened briefly when Josh Webber cut inside but he saw his shot blocked away for a corner.

The Blues began to dominate and went close when Jordan Follows saw a shot go narrowly wide but just moments later the Bluebirds finally took the lead.

An error at the back let Luke Borelli in and he took the ball round the keeper before shooting low into the net to make it 1-0.

Declan Carroll then chipped the ball through for Follows but the striker could not take it cleanly and the chance was gone.

In keeping with Halloween night, a freak goal then got Afan Lido back in the game.

Ross Hudson spotted keeper Wyn Walters off his line and his audacious attempt from out on the right wing looped all the way in to the net to make it 1-1.

The Blues looked to regain the lead and they almost did five minutes before half time when Follows crossed for Borelli but his low drive was well saved by Lido keeper Rory McCreesh.

The Bluebirds continued to dominate in the second half and they were inches away from taking the lead but after Carroll cut inside his shot whistled just over the bar.

Captain Dale Griffiths and Sean Pemberton both saw headers saved and frustration began to set in for the home side.

Keeper Wyn Walters had to be alert at the other end as the wind almost caught him off guard but he clawed away a free kick before also being tested with another ball into the box.

Then with just over ten minutes to go the Blues were given a penalty when the tricky Carroll was brought down.

Follows stepped up but saw his penalty magnificently saved by McCreesh only for the referee to order a re-take as he had spotted Afan Lido players encroaching into the area.

Callum Bowden was the player penalised by the referee and was shown a yellow card.

However, Follows sent his second spot kick wide of the left post and Afan Lido breathed a sigh of relief.

Bowden then received his second yellow eight minutes from time for a late tackle but he was dismayed at the decision as he was convinced the ball had gone out earlier in the move.

The Blues pushed on but they could not find a winner meaning they would have to settle for a point.

Manager Wayne Jones was disappointed with the result saying: “Everyone here tonight could see we had enough chances to win the game. All credit to them (Afan Lido), I thought they sat back deep and they made it hard for us to break them down.

“At the end of they day it is still another point, we’ve got to be positive, we had plenty of chances, two spot kicks, you’ve got to put them away, but their keeper’s pulled off three really good saves.

“It just wasn’t to be tonight, Halloween hit us hard”.

The Blues will look to get back to winning ways when they take on Ryhader Town in the Welsh League Cup next Saturday.

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Bluebirds soar into MG Cup quarter finals

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HAVERFORDWEST County soared into the quarter finals of the Nathaniel MG Cup on Tuesday night (Sept 21) as they beat Undy Athletic 5-0 at the Bridge Meadow.

Jazz Richards started for the home side while Danny Williams made his first start since re-joining the club.

The Bluebirds made a strong start to the game as Elliot Scotcher saw his shot deflected off Ricky Watts and on to the crossbar.

Fresh from his brace against Flint on Saturday, Alhagi Touray Sisay also went close but his shot was blocked wide for a corner.

He came close again in the twentieth minute but his effort looped just over the bar.

Their pressure finally paid off as Mason Jones-Thomas picked the ball up 30 yards out and ran on before firing into the bottom corner.

It was 2-0 soon as Jack Wilson lead a counter attack down the right before crossing into the box for Touray-Sisay to score.

Wilson was at it again moments later as he showed good footwork before crossing for Danny Williams but his header went just wide.

Scotcher saw a free kick pushed just wide on the stroke of half time as the Bluebirds looked to add to their two-goal lead.

It wasn’t long before they did have their third though as Touray-Sisay scored in the opening minutes of the second half to all but put the game to bed.

Williams thought he had scored Haverfordwest’s fourth after 54 minutes but his header was ruled out for offside.

However, they did get their fourth just after the hour mark as Wilson’s ball across goal was turned into his own net by the unfortunate Undy captain Gyles Thompson.

Danny Williams then did get his goal and County’s fifth as the Bluebirds began to think about the next round.

There were more chances for the home side but it remained 5-0 and the Bluebirds will have been pleased to progress to the next round.

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Milford Ladies darts presentation night

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AT the Milford Haven Ladies Darts league presentation, a number of trophies were given out to league winners and runners up and tournament winners.

The British Legion were league winners, Gallon winners, threes winners, singles winner, house champions winner, captains runner up. They also got to the semi-final of the fives while Naomi had the highest score and Moira Hawkins had the highest out.

Pictured left to right: Judith, Linda (Capt), Naomi, Helen, Tracey and Jean.

Victoria B were League and Gallon runners up, fives, pairs, and house champions runners up. They also got to the semi-finals of the fours, threes and singles.

Pictured are Georgia (Captain), Katy, Bethan, Paige, Debbie, Jackie, Noelle, Sharon, Rachel, Helen.

Victoria B

Debbie and Sonia (pictured) were 4-a-side winners, captains winner, threes and pairs semi-finalists for the Three Crowns.

The Haven Hotel were fours, threes and singles runners up, Pairs and captains semi-finalists. Pictured are Jackie (captain), Adele, Sue, Sandra and Louise.

The Singles winner was Tracey from the British Legion and Runner up was Jackie from the Haven Hotel.

The Audrey Hawkins House Champion was Tracey Hawkins from the British Legion and Runner up was Georgia John from Victoria B.

The new league seaon will start on October 14 and any new teams are asked to contact Linda as soon as possible.

Haven Hotel
Three Crowns
Singles winner Tracey and runner up Jackie
Audrey Hawkins House Champion Tracey and Runner up Georgia John

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Coach Gale blown away as Narberth beat Trebanos

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SOMEONE who has been looking forward to the new rugby season more than most during the post pandemic period at Narberth RFC is Sean Gale, who is Director of Rugby and head coach of the Otters.

He is charged with the responsibility of keeping them in the championship section of the WRU setup which this year has had a Championship Cup Competition introduced into the fixture list by the WRU prior to the normal Championship League delayed start on November 13.

Sean has a wealth of experience as a player with Llanelli and Bridgend, one season at Tenby United and then three years back at Parc-y-Scarlets when the Welsh regions were formulated and he became a professional player with the Scarlets.

“I was made very welcome by the players and especially the supporters at the Lewis Lloyd Ground way back in 2005 and I am still here. It is one of the reasons why I have stayed so long; plus the fact that we have managed to keep doing well, despite some of the so-called bigger clubs having a much bigger budget”.

That Sean should be so involved in rugby was perhaps only natural because his father Norman was a Llanelli player of some repute who played hooker for Wales on 25 occasions, two of them as captain. Then the Gale family had a pub near Stradey Park and Sean made his first team debut for the Scarlets when he was only 18 as he played against Pontardulais in the Welsh Cup.

On Saturday, September 18, he was blown away with the performance his Otters team produced at Trebanos.

Up to that date The OTTERS had remained unbeaten and the week before they had played at The Lewis Lloyd ground in the centre of Narberth Town and beaten Trebanos. So he was expecting a backlash at the rematch on the Trebanos home ground at Pontardawe in the Swansea valley.

At first it looked as though Trebanos were going to rule the day. Within 3 minutes ,on the grey Saturday afternoon with little wind and no sun glare, a quick break on the wing Trebanos scored a try by their outside half which was quickly converted by him. The Otters supporters were stunned. Score Trebanos 7-0.

Not to be outdone at the restart Otters gained possession and Guto Davies crossed the line under the posts leaving the ever reliable Nick Gale, Son of Sean, to convert. Score 7-7.

In the Trebanos 22 metre zone, New blood scrum half, a mere 18 years old George Macdonald, son of former stalwart Chris, was soon to make a rapid break and passed to Jonathan Rogers who claimed a try but unfortunately it was disallowed by the referee.

Moments later another opportunity presented itself when Nick Gale took an advantage  penalty and successfully crossed the bar. Score 7-10.

The otters were now in the ascendency but Trebanos kept up the pressure and were awarded a penalty outside the 22 metre line but the kick drifted to the right of the posts. Another Trebanos penalty kick 4 or 5 metres inside the OTTERS half also drifted to the right.

Twenty minutes into the first half drizzle affected the handling for both sides and unfortunately in the slippery conditions one of the Trebanos props sustained an injury. Trebanos did not have a front row replacement so the game continued with uncontested scrums. After the injury stoppage George Macdonald pounced on the ball passing to Steff Phillips to score, converted by Nick Gale. Score 7-17.

Narberth kept up their relentless pressure and George Macdonald was rewarded with a try to the left of the posts which reliable Nick Gale converted. Half Time Score: 7-24.

The second half continued in a similar vein finishing up with a final score of 12-43. So the OTTERS remain unbeaten this season and having blooded some very promising young players Sean Gale is justly proud of his results.

The outstanding performance from young George MacDonald netted him 4 tries and the award of Man of The Match presented by former Wales International legend and Trebanos supporter Rob Jones.

In the post-match summary Coach Sean Gale commented on his new “diamond” George Macdonald who scored 4 tries and the superb commitment of his other strong team members in the back row – Steff Phillips, Guto Davies, and Richie Rees the Captain. He was also full of praise for Ryan Banner and Rees Williams. In his view the control of the forwards was good and the defensive sets followed the drills so meticulously practiced in all their mid-week training sessions.

No wonder the travelling supporters came home to Narberth in a very merry mood. Narberth travelling supporter Peter John also commented that the Trebanos caterers provided the best beef burgers in the west.

The WRU has published dates for the second round of the WRU Championship Cup but at the time of going to press Team fixture dates/venues are not defined but the first set of games will take place on October 9.

However, the shortened WRU Championship League fixtures are known. The first home game for Narberth is Saturday, November 13, when they will host Neath.

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