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Vikings come from behind






Hakin United 5
Pengelli United 1

HAKIN UNITED  came from a goal down to beat Pengelli United by five goals to one to progress to the third round of the FAW Trophy. The Carmarthenshire Premier League outfit started the game well and went close when Mark Bier’s dangerous cross was well cleared away by Steve Allen.

With fifteen minutes gone Pengelli took the lead when Luke Rees flicked the ball on a goal kick to Peter Lewis and his stunning volley flew over the keeper and into the net. Hakin could have been level just two minutes later but Ashley Bevan’s shot flew just over the bar. Pengelli were playing well and caused problems at the back for Hakin and they were lucky not to be two goals down when Peter Lewis closed down James Manson’s clearance but the keeper got back well to stop Lewis’s shot from going in.

Hakin responded well and were inches away from equalising but Matthew Broome’s shot bounced back off the post and away to safety. The whistle went with Pengelli still leading but Hakin posed the greater threat going forward. The Vikings started the second half well and within ten minutes they had turned the game on its head. Firstly, Gareth Fawcett flicked on a throw in and Jonathan Bennett was in the right place to knock the ball into the net. Then just two minutes later Hakin took the lead thanks to a brilliant strike from Steve Mathias whose shot curled into the top corner.

Peter Lewis then saw a shot deflected narrowly over before Hakin added a third goal. Allen floated in a free kick and Fawcett headed the ball down for Adam Davies to tap in despite calls for offside. The Vikings continued to dominate and they made it 4-1 with fifteen minutes to go when Davies played in Bevan who fired the ball home. Then with nine minutes to go they had their fifth goal as Bevan crossed into the box and Justin Harding ran in to knock the ball into the net at the back post.

The Vikings will be pleased with their second half performance and will look forward to the third round draw of the FAW Trophy. Hakin Team: James Manson, Ewan Findlay, Gareth Fawcett, Steve Allen, Steve Mathias, Matthew Broome, Jonathan Bennett, Ashley Bevan, Adam Davies, Justin Harding. Subs: Andrew Kingston, Nathan Banner, Dan Evans, Aaron Owens

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Goodwick bow out of West Wales Cup



GOODWICK United bowed out of the West Wales Cup as they were beaten 1-0 by South Gower on Saturday (Dec 4).

The West Wales Premier League side travelled to Pembrokeshire on the back of four straight wins, including their 21-0 demolition of Hendy in the second round of the competition.

This time though they came up against a Goodwick United who were yet to taste defeat this season.

The only goal of the game came sixteen minutes in as Ieuan Priede headed South Gower ahead.

Goodwick had a number of chances throughout the game but were unable to find an equaliser.

Nathan Greene and Johnny Horgan were both brought on to try and change the outcome but their opponents held on to book their place in the next round.

On Saturday, December 11, Goodwick return to Division 1 action with a trip to St Ishmaels.

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Carew go through in extra time



CAREW needed extra time to beat Tumble to book their place in the next round of the West Wales Cup on Saturday (Dec 4).

Shaun Whitfield had put Carew ahead at the end of first half stoppage time but just four minutes into the second half, Trystan Leech pulled Tumble level.

Jordan Richards then scored Carew’s second to put them back ahead and Whitfield’s second goal looked to have sealed the visitors’ passage into the last sixteen.

However, Leech grabbed his second five minutes from time to give the home side hope of forcing the game into extra time.

And Leech completed his hat trick in the 92nd minute to make it 3-3 and to ensure the teams would be playing another 30 minutes.

In the first period of extra time it was Carew who got the goal to put them back in the lead with Harvey Langston scoring.

Tumble were unable to find a way back this time and Joe Williams’ goal two minutes from the end secured the win for the Rooks.

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Narberth seconds earn bonus point win over Aber



NARBERTH seconds (also known as Narberth Athletic) travelled to Aberystwyth as they looked to leapfrog Newcastle Emlyn at the top of the West Wales Conference League.

There was a gale blowing straight down the pitch from the clubhouse, which made attractive rugby difficult in such cold weather conditions.

Narberth lost the toss and played with the wind. They put the home side under pressure for most of the first period using the elements to their advantage and scored two good tries through scrum half Jordan James and livewire flanker Dylan Walsh and, converted by Shane Rossiter but was a 12 point advantage enough going into the second half?

Narberth coach James Merriman sent on two heavyweight replacements at half time in Daf Walters and Jac Norcross to help carry the ball against the elements.

The tactics worked superbly with Walters rumbling over for two tries and centre Ryan Scourfield rounding off a tremendous second half performance for the young Otters going over under the posts to put the score beyond doubt and an excellent bonus point win.

After the game and changing out of their playing strip, the boys then put on their Santa outfits for the Christmas social and long drive home.

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