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Magic goals seal Division Two Cup for Wizards

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Goal: Ashley Prior doubles the Wizards’ lead with a well taken goal

Merlins Bridge II     2

Hundleton     0
Second Division Cup Final

MERLINS BRIDGE SECONDS won the Division Two Cup as two excellent second half goals gave them victory over Hundleton last night (Mar 10).

The game was played at the Bridge Meadow in Haverfordwest and a good crowd gathered to watch the game.

Hundleton won the cup two years ago and they were keen to repeat that feat and they started the game well creating a number of chances.

They had the ball in the net but that effort was ruled out for offside as Merlins Bridge breathed a sigh of relief.

It remained 0-0 at half time and both teams were still in with a chance of taking the cup home.

Hundleton started the second half well and came close when Aaron Goldsmith shot from thirty yards but Merlins Bridge keeper Nick Jones made an easy save.

Dan Bryce then went close for the Wizards but he shot wide of the left hand post from the edge of the box.

There were also a number of tackles flying in and the referee had to step in to calm things down.

With just under an hour gone Joe John ran into the box and he went down under challenger but the referee gave no penalty.

Goldsmith looked dangerous for Hundleton and he went close again when he ran into the box and beat two defenders before shooting low across goal but his effort was pushed wide for a corner.

With 65 minutes on the clock the Wizards were awarded a free kick in a dangerous position.

Dan Bryce stepped up to take the kick and curled a beautiful shot into the top left corner to make it 1-0 to Merlins Bridge.

Geraint Lewis came close for Hundleton as he ran into the box but he saw his shot saved by the Bridge keeper.
Hundleton were then given a free kick in a similar position to where Bryce took his.

Marc Edwards took the kick but rather than opting to loop it over the wall he bent his effort round the wall but just wide of the left hand post.

With fifteen minutes to go Joe Buckle also saw a shot saved for Hundleton as they tried desperately to get back on level terms.

However, with eight minutes to go Merlins Bridge all but sealed the win as the ball was played through to substitute Ashley Prior who ran through before lifting the ball over the Hundleton keeper and into the bottom right corner of the net to make it 2-0.

Hundleton continued to look for a way back into the game and Craig Manning crossed into the box but Goldsmith was beaten to the ball by the Bridge defender to clear the ball.

Merlins Bridge hung on to seal an excellent victory which they celebrated with many of the fans after the match.

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Young jockey joins Henderson’s yard

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PEMBROKESHIRE jockey James Bowen will join Champion trainer Nicky Henderson’s yard as a conditional from next month.

The 16-year-old riding sensation had been the subject of much speculation as to where he would end up but Henderson was the number 1 choice.

Bowen, who has been touted as a future champion jockey, earlier this year set a new record with 30 winners as a novice point-to-point rider this season.

That was five more than the totals managed by Nick Scholfield in 2007 and Rhys Flint in 2008, who both went on to become professional riders.

Henderson has partnered ten winners under rules so far this season and will be looking forward to having James join his team from October 1.

Speaking to the Herald, James said: “It is a big opportunity for me, it’s a big stable owned by a Champion Trainer. There are plenty of great horses so I’m hopeful it will go well.

“My parents are trainers so I was always brought up around race horses, I started at the age of 9 and then moved to pointing at the age of 16 and it has all been a good experience.”

James also said that there were a number of other places that he could have gone too but added: “At the moment, Nicky’s seemed like the best place to go. I had a day at his yard last Friday where we sorted it out and I’ll be starting at the beginning of October.”

He is looking forward to starting there and wants to ride as much as possible and told us that he would have liked to have won more races than he has.

If the opportunity came up James says he would love to ride in the Grand National but keeping his feet on the ground he said “I’m a long way off being at the top at the moment.”

Brother Sean is also a jockey and James says he is constantly talking to him about tactics for different races.

James adds: “My parents are up for it so that’s good and they’re backing me all the way.”

Coming up James has a couple of rides at Newton Abbot on Friday and another at Plumpton on Sunday before making the move to Nicky Henderson’s yard.

All at the Herald would like to wish James all the best in his time with Mr Henderson.

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Bowl second round draw made

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THE draw has taken place for the second round of the WRU National Bowl and has once again thrown up a host of interesting and competitive fixtures for the weekend of October 7.

All the teams are dreaming of staying to the end of the road that leads to Finals Day at the Principality Stadium. With reigning champions Amman United now playing in the WRU National Plate there will be a different winner.

Neyland’s reward for beating Llandovery Seconds is a home tie against the side who knocked out their local rivals Milford, Cefneithin.

Pembroke, who beat Haverfordwest 31-24 on Saturday (Sept 16), are at home to Aberaeron.

Nantgaredig head west to meet Pembroke Dock Quins looking to build on their unbeaten start to the new season. They currently top Division 3B West with a maximum 10 points along with Burry Port and Lampeter Town.

Lampeter will host Llangadog, a team they beat 55-10 in the second round of their league campaign. The 2016 champions, Burry Port, head to league rivals New Dock Stars.

WRU National Bowl – Round 2 – selected ties

(Matches to be played the weekend 7 October)

Ferryside or Cardigan v Crymych II or Newcastle Emlyn II

Lampeter v Llangadog

Laugharne v Llangwm

Neyland v Cefneithin

New Dock Stars v Burry Port

Pembroke v Aberaeron

Pembroke Dock Quins v Nantgaredig

Penybanc v Llandeilo

Trimsaran v Furnace Utd

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County publishes best figures for 2017

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THE Pembroke County Cricket Club (PCCC) has once again published the first division batting and bowling averages for the 2017 season.

Top of the runs scored column is Johnston’s Daniel Sutton (pictured) who scored a staggering 936 runs over the course of the 18 game campaign to help his side avoid the drop into Division 2.

Behind him is Iwan Izzard with 618 runs and another Johnston player, Lee Summons, was third.

It is a different story in the batting averages as Cresselly’s Dan Cherry scored at an average of 159.5.

Tim Hicks of Carew was second and Johnston’s Sutton was third with an average of 72.

The top bowler for the 2017 season was Neyland’s Andrew Miller who took 37 wickets, one more than Carew’s Tom Davies while Daniel Flynn of St Ishmaels was third with 34 wickets.

Top of the bowling averages was Whitland’s Iestyn Scourfield with an average of 10.23 with Shaun Whitfield of Carew in second and Haverfordwest’s Simon Holliday in third.

Tom Davies: Batting for Carew, took the second most wickets in 2017

Batting (Runs Scored)

  1. Dan Sutton – Johnston – 936
  2. Iwan Izzard – Cresselly – 618
  3. Lee Summons – Johnston – 532

Batting averages

  1. Dan Cherry – Cresselly – 159.5
  2. Tim Hicks – Carew – 72.14
  3. Dan Sutton – Johnston – 72

Bowling (Wickets taken)

  1. Andrew Miller – Neyland – 37
  2. Tom Davies – Carew – 36
  3. Daniel Flynn – St Ishmaels – 34

Bowling averages

  1. Iestyn Scourfield – Whitland – 10.23
  2. Shaun Whitfield – Carew – 10.46
  3. Simon Holliday – Haverfordwest – 11.08

Congratulations to all on an excellent season and as always a thank you to Paul and Janice Webb for their hard work.

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