EVANS HALSHAW MERTHYR TYDFIL AFL PREMIER DIVISION BLUEBIRDS .................... 1 HILLS PLYMOUTH ........ 1 AS the result suggests, this was a very close game with no goals in the first half, both sides scored in the second half but neither side could find a winner. Stephen Hughes scored a penalty for Hills and Nathan Cotterill scored for the home side. Ryan James didn’t help his side being sent off for Bluebirds early in the second half. COURTHOUSE ............... 2 PENYDARREN BGC ...... 3 IN an exciting game the visitors just edged it with goals from Keston Edwards, Harry Moyle and an own goal. Home goals came from Jamie Fitzgerald and Luke Sirrell. GURNOS SOCIAL B ...... 5 MERTHYR SAINTS ....... 3 GURNOS hit some form and took the game to the Saints. They were rewarded with goals from Luke Jones (2), Curtis Meredith, Jack Davies and Ethan Thomas. NAVI FC ........................ A PENYDARREN SOCIAL A NAVI were comfortably winning this game but sadly on 47 minutes the game was abandoned due to a bad injury to a Navi FC player. We wish him a speedy recovery. PANTYSCALLOG VJ ..... 2 ABERCANAID WANDERERS ................. 2 PENTREBACH LABOUR 1 QUAR PARK RANGERS 0 THIS was a very good game and it was 0-0 until the last minute when up popped Liam Davies to clinch the points for the home side. TERV U12 WHITE DIVISION HEOLGERRIG RED LION ....................... 3 GEORGETOWN BGC .. 11 IN this local derby the visitors were just too strong for their hosts and left with the three points. LLANTWIT ..................... 4 GURNOS FC ................... 0 GURNOS suffered their first defeat of the season as they came up against the unbeaten table-toppers and they will need to learn from this defeat. TERV U13 DIVISION CILFYNYDD .................. 6 HEOLGERRIG RED LION ....................... 0 PENYDARREN BGC ...... 5 TREFOREST .................. 0 THE home side held a narrow 1-0 lead at halftime but they then took the game to the visitors and rattled in four second-half goals. Home scorers were Lloyd Type (3), Conner Hier and Jacob Long. TERV U14 DIVISION CASCADE ...................... 0 TREHARRIS ATH WESTERN .................... 11 THE Western boys certainly know where the back of the net as they hit 11 at the expense of a Cascade side who never gave up. Kian Downes (4), Ben Galvin (3), Jack Carlick, Josh Jones, Sam Johnson and Lewis Thomas got the goals. HEOLGERRIG RED LION ....................... 9 PONTYPRIDD ................ 0 THE Red maintained their good start to the season and managed nine goals without reply. Home scorers were Kyle Hawkins (5), Rio Davies (2), Dylan Dyer and Ellis Parker. LLANTRISANT .............. 2 GEORGETOWN BGC .... 5 TERV U15 DIVISION GEORGETOWN BGC .... 1 PONTYCLUN ................. 2 IN a close fought game the home side lost by the odd goal in three. Netting for the Town was Troy Williams. PENYDARREN BGC ...... 1 CASCADE ...................... 4 IN a scrappy game Pen just didn’t get the luck and although Joshua Edwards scored for the home side they conceded two in the first half and a further two in the second. TERV U16 DIVISION TREHARRIS ATH WESTERN ...................... 7 PENYDARREN BGC ...... 1 THE home side were too strong for their plucky visitors and Keenan Wiggins (2), Charlie Tovey (2), Tom Eynon, Ben Morris, and Dylan Sussex got the home goals.
WORTHINGTON’S MERTHYR AND DISTRICT DARTS LEAGUE 2017/2018 ROUND ONE MERTHYR VALE EX CLUB B (DAGGERS) ...... 5 PENYDARREN SOCIAL CLUB A ........................... 1
THIS was a highly entertaining game with the visiting Pen A giving a good account of themselves against the First Division hotshots.
Warren Rees 100, Karl Manns, Lloyd Davies and Mike Davies put the home side into an early lead with a break of throw over Jonathon Evans, Mike Bond 100, Phil Bond and Glen Jones and 2-0 then appeared on the scoreboard with Dai Phelps 100, 109 out and Derek Dobbins holding throw over a battling Glen Jones and Mike Bond in the first pairs leg. The second and final pairs battle also went the way of the home side with Karl Manns 100 and John Terrett taking the darts off Richard Beynon and Nigel Owen as they took a 3-0 lead going into the singles match-ups.
John Terrett 100 continued to stick it to the opposition as he held throw over Glen Jones 112 putting the Daggers 4-0 ahead just one point away from victory but they were made to wait as Richard Beynon 100 held throw over Mike Terrett pulling a leg back for the Pen before Phil Morris 100 held throw over Phil Bond in a tight game to complete the win and book a place in the second round.
YE-OLDE EXPRESS ...... 5 CYFARTHFA ARMS ...... 1
CREDIT here to the Cyfarthfa who gave a good account of themselves against one of the giants from the First Division in the shape of their hosts at the Ye-Olde Express.
The Express was quickly away with Peter Locke 140, Paul Thomas 140, Owain Davies and Brian Nicholas breaking the throw of Scott Davies, S Ridgeway, K Driscoll 100 and P Foxhall for an early lead but the scores were soon level with Jarred Russell and Scott Davies scoring a ground-breaking shock break over Steve Nicholas 125, 137 and Wayne Titcomb 100 in the first pairs leg. Peter Locke 100 and Dean Thomas then regained the lead for the home side with a break over S Ridgeway and K Driscoll in the final pairs as the teams geared up for the singles battles.
Dynamite Dean Thomas 2x100, 138 held throw in the first singles over S Ridgeway putting the Express 3-1 ahead which then converted into 4-1 with Wayne Titcomb 2x100 breaking the throw of P Foxhall. Paul Thomas then secured a place in the second round for the Express with a fine break over Dominic Illari.
GUEST KEEN BOWLS CLUB A ........................... 5 MERTHYR EX CLUB ..... 1
NEWLY promoted to the First Division Merthyr Ex Club had one of the toughest draws possible with an away trip to last season’s league champions the Guest Bowls A where they gained a taste of what life will be like for the coming season.
Shane Williams, Jason Davies, Wayne Jones 100 and Luke Davies saw their throw broken by Steve Thomas 140, Andrew Coombs 100, Terry Pearce and Lyndon Price as the hosts took an early lead which they then doubled with Justin Davies 140 and Phil Williams successfully holding over Wayne Jones 100 and Shane Williams in the first of the pairs legs. The second pairs saw the Ex get into the game with Jason Davies 140 and Matthew Sullivan over a surprised Jamie Evans 140 and Dale Pinch halve the deficit going into the match-deciding singles legs.
The Guest extended their lead to 3-1 with Phil Williams 2x100, 140 holding over Luke Davies and with Jamie Evans 2x99, 100 then breaking the throw of Wayne Jones the Guest were homing in on a place in the next round. Victory duly arrived in leg six courtesy of Steve Thomas 140 holding over Steve Mahoney 134 for a comfortable 5-1 victory.
PENTREBACH LABOUR CLUB ............................... 5 RED LION ....................... 2
THE Lion roared to victory in the opening fours leg with Paul Scott Thomas, Jamie Chamberlain 121, Aaron Howard 100 and Richard Howard holding throw over M Price, Eddie Jones, Gary Champion 100 and Gareth Jones but the lead was short lived with Graham Price 100, 125 and Josh O’Keefe holding over Dai Richards and Allen Moore in the first of the pairs legs.
Tony Galliers and Gwyn Jones then edged the hosts ahead with a break against Richard Calahane 100 and Jack Bush as the sides got themselves ready for the up and coming singles games.
The first of the singles went the way of the home side with M Price holding over Paul Scott Thomas for a 3-1 lead which Tony “The Tiger” Galliers 100, 140 then extended to 4-1 with a fine break over Jack Bush. Allen Moore kept the game alive a little longer with a break over Josh O’Keefe but the next game proved to be the last with Eddie Jones breaking the darts of Johnny V.
COLLIERS CWTCH ....... 2 SILVER BULLET ............ 5
THE Bullet were quick to fire off a few rounds with Christopher Davies 2x100, Steven Walker 100, Cael Howells and Brian Birch holding throw over Aaron Beck, R Davies 121, H Lawrence and Vic Harding and they doubled their lead with Steffan Williams 117 and Mark Birch breaking the throw of G Jones and J Watts in the first of the pairs legs.
The second pairs saw G Williams and P Beck give the Cwtch their first point with an excellent break over Owain Pugh and Marc Roberts to cut the arrears to a single point going into the singles games.
Steven Walker 2x100 took the first singles with a break over H Lawrence 100 and a following hold by Steffan Williams over Aaron Beck gave the Bullet a clear 4-1 lead in the race to five points. G Jones 140 was in good form with a great hold over Christopher Davies claiming a second point for the battling hosts but the Bullet were not to be denied with Anthony Morris claiming the winning point with a hold over G Williams.
HEOLGERRIG SOCIAL CLUB ............................... 5 BAILI-GLAS A ................ 2
THE defending runnersup Baili A travelled to the Heolgerrig Social, again a player short for the second week running which again cost them dear, but again battled hard and gave a good account again under pressure and understrength.
The Baili started well holding the fours leg through Tim Charleston, Mark Hulbert 2x100, Ian Thomas 100 and Terry Morgan but the scores were then level with Ray Williams 118 and Bob Watkins edging past Andy Morgan 100 and Tim Charleston in a hard fought game. A brilliant second pairs saw the hosts take the lead with Iory Haines and Trad Davies 100, 125 apiece just scraping past Ian Thomas and Mark Hulbert 100 apiece as the singles legs came into play.
The Baili were understrength and had to give away the first leg as a bye putting the hosts 3-1 ahead which was then cut by a point with Ian Thomas 100 battling past Colin Morgan 100 with a fine hold of throw. Mike Evans edged past Tim Charleston in another tight game making it 4-2 with Meirion Evans then just nipping past Andrew Morgan with a break of throw to see the home side through to the second round.
PENYDARREN SOCIAL CLUB C (SEASIDE) ........ 3 MERTHYR CONSERVATIVE CLUB 5
THIS was a splendid game from start to finish with newly promoted to Division One the Pen C seeing the tide turned as they lost out to the visiting Merthyr Con Club.
Ceri Richards 140, Gavin Galleozzie 123, Ceri Stent and John Sedgemore gave the hosts a good start by taking the opening fours leg against the throw beating Greg Howells. John Hulbert, Ron Phillips and Colin Lloyd for an early lead, but the visitors were quick to reply with Jonathon Davies and M Hughes 140 taking the darts off Ceri Richards and Johnny Murphy 100 apiece for a level game at one apiece. Robert Pike 127 and Nathan Morgan then regained the lead for the Pen with a narrow win over Chris Price and Chris Stansfield to take a slender 2-1 advantage into the singles battles.
Robert Pike 100, got off the hook against M Hughes 100 in the first singles holding his throw to put the hosts 3-1 ahead and seemingly on course for victory but the visiting Con had other ideas with Eddie Cunnington 100 beat Johnny Murphy to draw the sides a point nearer and a superb break from Chris Price over John Sedgemore made it three apiece as the tension grew. C Thomas 100 edged past Nathan Morgan with a hold of throw to put the Con ahead at 4-3 and then in game eight Jonathon Davies stunned Connor John 100, 140 with a break of throw to take the visitors into the next round.
HILLS PLYMOUTH CRICKET CLUB ............. 5 MERTHYR LABOUR CLUB ............................... 3
NOPE. This is NOT a misprint.
This was definitely the game of the night and it saw the Cric send shockwaves through the competition with a stunning win over the mighty Merthyr Labour Club.
The visitors took an early lead with Ron Morgan 100, Jason Baynham, Gerald Williams and David Rowlands holding throw over the hosts’ quartet of Aled Walters 180, Craig Clayton 125, Jason Castaldi and Dean Lewis but the home side were quick to reply taking the first pairs with a fine hold from Dean Lewis and the superb Jason Castaldi 2x100, 140, over Wayne Davies and Chris Galleozzie 100 apiece. The second pairs saw the Labour lads reply with Ron Morgan 2x140 and Gareth Dunn holding throw over Craig Clayton 100 and Rhys Lee in a closely fought encounter to lead 2-1 going into the singles legs.
Jason Castaldi 125 held throw in the first singles over Gareth Dunn 100 to level the match at two apiece and then the hosts took the lead for the first time with Phillip Lewis 86 out beating Wayne Davies 100 with a break in a closely fought game. Keith Harnedy 180 then made it 4-2 to the Cric with a solid hold over Ron Morgan but back came the away side with Chris Galleozzie 140 holding throw over the excellent Rhys Lee 100, 180 to pull back to within a point. Deadly Dean Lewis 2x100 then completed a brilliant win for the home side with a hold over Jason Baynham 100 to condemn the Labour Club to a place in the Supplementary Cup. A position they rarely find themselves in.
ROSE & CROWN ............ 5 LORD RAGLAN ............. 3
THIS was another titanic battle that could have gone either way.
The Rose took root quickly breaking the throw of their opponents in the fours leg with Stuart Hughes, Robert Gibbins, J Titcomb and Liam Russell 125 seeing off the challenge of Kevin Snowden, Karl Hunt, Mike Matthews and Lance Thomas for an early lead which then became 2-0 with Trevor Williams and Phil John 100 apiece holding throw over Lance Thomas and Kevin Snowden 100. Kiron Meek and Brian Meek then steadied the ship for the Lord with a break over Kristian Dowd 140 and John Wood to halve the deficit going into the match-deciding singles legs.
Trevor Williams 180 was in fine shape for the home side with a break over Mike Matthews putting the Rose 3-1 ahead before the old head of Brian Meek 140 held throw over Steve Evans to pull a point back for the visitors. Old campaigner Kevin Morgan held throw over the equally ancient Kevin Snowden to put the home side 4-2 up and just one win away from the second round but Kiron Meek 100 put a break on the hosts charge with a battling hold over John Wood to pull a point back for the Lord. Phil John 100, 127 then stepped up for the Rose in leg eight and held throw over Lance Thomas to seal the win and earn a place for the home side in the next round.
Llwyn-Yr-Eos have dropped out of Division Three so there will now be bye in the division.
This Friday, October 13, sees the first league game for the 2017/2018 season take place with some mouth watering battles in prospect.
Good luck to all teams taking part this season.
All teams are reminded that the first Delegate Meeting of the 2017/18 season takes place on Tuesday, October 17, at the Merthyr Ex Club starting at 8pm.
All teams must be represented and all monies owed to the League must be paid.