The Nomads 1st X1 entertained high-flying Merlin’s Bridge on Saturday at the Athletic Ground. The game didn’t start well for the ‘homesters’ when they went down to a well taken header from the Bridge’s Joe John in the 7th minute. However this didn’t appear to deter Neyland from making positive attacks at the visitor’s defence only to be thwarted by some good defensive work or lack of striking power in the shots. The scoreline remained unchanged at the interval and there must have been an air of optimism that the deficit could be bridged. However the visitors clearly had other ideas and began to create more chances in front of goal. Neyland conceded three further goals to the Bridge albeit that Patrick Hannon in goal had pulled off some very good saves. In the last 15 minutes Neyland began to exert more pressure on the visitors and create more chances down the flanks. In the final 5 minutes the home team was awarded a free kick some 10 yards outside the box and Henry Durrant fired a left footed shot in to the top left hand corner of the net to give the home team some consolation.
A positive outcome from the game was the return of Wayne Vaughan-Parry after a ten month injury lay-off. His presence will be felt once he has regained some of his phenominal match fitness!
Team: Patrick Hannon, Nicky Koomen, Leigh Power, Sean Hannon, Andrew Kemp, Craig Harding, Scott Jones, Paul Hannon, Henry Durrant, Gary Power, Wayne Parry, Mike Chandler, Jarred Campbell.
Meanwhile the 2nd X1 earned a well deserved draw away to Prendergast Villa with the goal coming from Ashley Hutchings.
Next Saturday the 1st X1 is away to ‘Giants Grave’ of the Neath League in the West Wales Cup and the 2nd X1 is home to St. Clears.
What I forgot on Sat evening was to mention the 2nd X1. They entertained Monkton Swifts at the Athletic Ground. They had a 2-1 win with both goals coming from striker Andrew Smith! Sorry about that – can’t always access this info immediately as I normally come straight home from the First’s game. I’m an ‘old geezer’ now and can’t take this socialising thing after matches! Need to get more committee members involved in reporting!! Looking forward to three of our juniors playing in Dubai next spring!!! Also must keep tabs on the progress and retention of those juniors who are training with Swansea City!
The Nomads travelled to newly-promoted Angle on Saturday looking to regain some positive form after last week’s performance at Herbrandston. With a couple of changes in personnel together with some positional changes, there was a degree of optimism that they could come away with a win. However it was the home side which took the lead after 25 minutes when a sloppy exchange between the visitor’s defence allowed an Angle striker to take advantage, latch on to the ball and efficiently slot the ball to the right hand side of on-coming keeper Patrick Hannon. The remainder of the half was reflected by 50/50 possession and it remained 1-0 at the break.
The second period began in a similar fashion, albeit that the Nomads did begin to initiate some positive attacks via the flanks. Half way through the half, a lovely through ball was neatly passed in to the path of foraging mid-fielder Gary Power who adeptly side-footed the ball past the Angle keeper. Although Neyland managed to create a few more chances and slot the ball in to the home side’s net on one more occasion, the referee adjudged that the final pass found a player in an off-side position. So the Nomads had to settle for what was a disappointing draw with the prospect of a much stiffer test next week when they entertain Merlin’s Bridge.
Pictured below is goal scorer Gary Power
Neyland 1st X1 made the short trip to Herbrandston on Saturday 13th September for the return fixture in the First Division of the league!!
After the first 25 minutes the balance of play was equally shared between the teams with both defences appearing to be in control of any attacks which the opposition could throw at them. The real battle was in midfield where there was frenetic tackling and ‘no holds barred’ in attempts to trigger attacks by respective sets of forwards. In the 30th minute one of the Neyland defenders was adjudged to have handled the ball and Herbie were awarded a penalty. Although visiting keeper, Patrick Hannon dived in the right direction the ball was out of reach and tucked away in to the bottom corner.
So at half time the sides were separated by the penalty. During the second half an early mistake was made by one of the visiting defenders when an attempted ‘back header’ intended for the keeper, failed to be sufficiently weighted giving Patrick Hannon no chance in preventing the Herbie striker from latching on to the ball and despatching it in to the net for their 2nd goal. Things got even worse for the Nomads when the homesteads scored a third after the ball was less than adequately dealt with by the visiting defence.
With virtually the last kick of the match, Neyland scored a consolation goal when Henry Durrant picked up the ball from just outside Herbie’s box and struck a low shot to the bottom left hand corner.
So after two successive wins, the Nomads were dealt a reality check and now look forward to a more positive outcome next Saturday when they visit newly-promoted Angle.
Neyland: Patrick Hannon, Nicky Koomen, Sean Hannon, Leigh Power, Andrew Kemp, Scott Jones, Nathan Warlow, Henry Durrant, Mikey Chandler, Gary Power, Aaron McQuillan, Paul Hannon, Jarred Campbell, Craig Harding
At the meeting of Pembrokeshire County Council’s cabinet on Monday 8 September Councillor Simon Hancock made a statement about the Neyland Youth Club facility. The county council is proposing to close the present building which is in poor condition and relocate the sessions to an alternative location within the town.
Councillor Hancock states:
‘Neyland Youth Club will not be closed down in Easter 2015, nor is it being transferred out of the town. True, the number of sessions are to be reduced to two (the same number as for
Haverfordwest) but this is on account of a 50% drop in the number of young people attending the
Neyland club in just over three years. The number is now down to 116. I am going to fight hard to ensure: The club is being relocated to the PRIDE building near the High Street car park and will be specifically branded as the new youth club. The services offered by the excellent Neyland youth worker staff will be refreshed, and varied and there is a remarketing and re-launch of youth services in the town. If there is increased attendance as a result of the rebranding I have secured the agreement of officers to add an additional session bringing the total up to three.
The old youth club, together with the disused Day Centre and Infants school and the land to the rear present an excellent regeneration possibility for the town of Neyland. The county council is sure to realise a significant amount from any sale. At cabinet I warned my colleagues that if and when that occurred I would be reminding them of further investment in the opportunities for young people in Neyland in the interests of fairness to the community.
On Sat 13th Neyland v Pembroke we will celebrate the opening of our new changing rooms.
On 20th Jan we play Llangwm in our local Derby and invite all our Sponsors and all ex players to support the start the new season.
Dennis Stolliday, Neyland RFC.
The Duane Evans Fun Day was recently held at Neyland AFC and this year’s event surpassed any other. The event is held as an annual fundraiser / fun day in memory of former Neyland AFC player Duane Evans who tragically died in a car accident.
This year’s event, sponsored by Adrian Moore of Honeyborough Garage Ltd featured many fun stalls, face painting, bouncy castle, temporary tattoos, cross bar challenge and various other games for the children and youngsters of Neyland to enjoy. A barbecue was also kindly sponsored by Scott Gregory of Caddies Cafe
The event culminated in the Annual Duane Evans Football Match. This year’s match was the Current Neyland Playing Squad versus a Coaches / Parents / Members of the Evans Family XI.
The match was an entertaining affair which ended in a 4 all draw with the highlight being Mark Riley (better known for his rugby skills) scoring a cracker of a goal from fully 35 yards out – We won’t mention his penalty which he blazed over the bar.
In the resulting penalty shootout, Jim Payne (Parent) was the hero for the Coaches / Parents team in saving 3 penalties and it was left to Chris Gale (Parent) to strike home the winning spot kick.
Pictured are the squads pre match and also Duane’s parents Colin and Janice presenting the winning trophy to Adrian Moore (Captain and match sponsor)
This evening Neyland Town Development Committee awarded the club £500 towards its new netting. Neyland Mayor Simon Hancock said ‘The Neyland AFC does terrific work in the community and we want to recognise this by helping them in a practical way to maintain their facilities.’