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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.

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