Pembrokeshire football fixtures for Saturday, February 16th:

Manderwood Pembrokeshire League Division 1 (2.30pm):

Carew 2-2 Hakin United

Perhaps ironic I've gone for a draw here, as it's a game I think both sides have to win.

Looking at the table if both win their games in hand they can still challenge for the title. But doing that when games come thick and fast at the end of the season, especially with both still chasing cup silverware, will be difficult.

In nine home games, Carew's only defeat this season was a shock one against St Clears. Aside from that both Bridge and Goodwick have been held to draws and they have won the other six, including that 2-0 success over Pennar last week with Scott Ferney scoring twice. And after four weeks without a league game, it was a vital three points.

You felt so much of Hakin's season hinged on that game with St Josephs last week and they came through. Justin Harding's 118th minute winner typified the side we've become used to - finding a way to win big games.

Again The Vikings created early chances and perhaps should have won the game in normal time. But here Harding, Nicky Woodrow and co will come up a Carew defence and keeper in Tom Davies in solid form. 

It's shaping up to a close one and I can see a point apiece. Not that either will want that.

Herbrandston 2-3 Pennar Robins

Losing 5-3 last week typified the season for Herbie. They can cause problems and when Scott Reid gets service, he scores goals.

But defensively they have been way too vulnerable and when you go that long without a league win, inevitably it becomes harder to close a game out.

With Milford not playing, they have to target this as a game to cut the gap. Pennar lost in Carew last Saturday after a few weeks without activity and Sean Thomas' side will hope some ring rust still remains.

But it's difficult to go against The Robins seeing as they won the reverse fixture 7-2 earlier in the season. Ben Adams scored five times that day and he will fancy getting at the Herbie back four again tomorrow.

I think this one will be tighter given what's at stake for the home team, and yet I suspect their frustration will continue.

Merlins Bridge 2-3 Goodwick United

Another crunch game at the top.

The pressure is now on Bridge. They are 16 and 15 points off Monkton and Goodwick respectively and if they lose here, those four games in hand will look like scant consolation.

But here they run into a Goodwick team that has clicked into gear. Since drawing with Monkton on October 27th, they've won nine league/West Wales Cup matches in a row. And since Christmas they've scored 27 times and conceded just once.

Unlike against Monkton last month, if The Wizards get chances they have to take them. They will still be missing the suspended Adam Hawkins but aren't short of attacking options. Manager Matthew D'Ivry returned to the starting XI last week after injury and scored twice in a 3-2 win at Narberth, so seemingly has to include himself again.

Last Saturday Goodwick hammered Saundersfoot 11-1 and significantly, didn't let up after leading 4-1 half time. Their goal difference is now better than Monkton's and that could well end up a factor.

Rhys Dalling and Jordan Griffiths both started that game with Dalling scoring five times. If fit and available, Chris Ormond and Richard Hughes will need all their experience to shackle that pairing.

My hunch is the visitors will edge this.

Narberth 2-4 Monkton Swifts

Monkton's momentum continued against Milford last week thanks to a Dylan Davies hat trick - and with the teams around them all playing each other three points is a must here.

A difficult run in awaits the Swifts with Bridge, Carew, Hakin and Goodwick all to play but this won't be easy. Narberth have become an unpredictable team and pushed Bridge all the way last Saturday before losing 3-2. And through Jordan Williams, Tony Evans and Dafydd Wright they do score goals.

But Monkton are currently looking strong in all departments. Their last three league games have yielded 16 goals scored with only two conceded and they seem too focused right now to slip up.

Manager Joe Lewis has spoken sensibly lately about taking one game at a time. They'll want a win here, and then a couple of draws elsewhere.

Neyland 1-3 St Clears

Given these two only met last week, they should know what to expect.

St Clears won that game 5-2 and the return of Sean Seymour-Davies alongside Steve Thomas up front inevitably boosted them. Given that result, they have to start favourites here.

The Nomads did go in 2-2 at half time last week though and could have been leading at the break before losing their way. Jake Booth was their stand out performer with two goals but Andrew Kemp's side need consistency. They've had good wins over Narberth and Saundersfoot since Christmas but have also suffered four defeats.

Last week I tipped Neyland and St Clears won. This week I tip St Clears, so I know what's coming.....

Saundersfoot Sports 2-4 Clarbeston Road

Clarbie are another side whose form is fluctuating.

But they responded to defeat in Monkton, and losing Seymour-Davies, to see off Herbie last week and once again Jason Griffiths came up trumps with four goals. That win took them sixth and while they are unlikely to finish higher than that, staying there would still represent a good campaign. Especially given the injury problems they've had this season.

Saundersfoot meanwhile are currently struggling with seven defeats in eight league games. They are in no danger of going down but can't afford to head into next season with so little momentum.

Nick Cope's penalty was mere consolation against Goodwick and it goes without saying they need a better defensive display here.

Otherwise it will be eight defeats in nine.

Division 2 (2.30pm):

Fishguard Sports v Lawrenny

Hakin United II v Llangwm H'west CC

Hundleton v Broad Haven

Johnston v Prendergast Villa

Kilgetty v Camrose

Letterston v St Ishmaels

Solva v Merlins Bridge II

Division 3 (2.30pm):

Clarbeston Road II v Solva II

Goodwick United II v Carew II

Milford Athletic v St Florence

Monkton Swifts II v Milford United II

Pembroke Boro v Narberth II

Pennar Robins II v Pendine

St Clears II v Fishguard Sports II 

Division 4 (2.30pm):

Camrose II v Pembroke Boro II

Llangwm H'west CC II v Neyland II

Pennar Robins III v Cosheston

St Ishmaels II v Broad Haven II

Division 4 Cup semi final (2pm):

Kilgetty II v Hundleton II

Division 5 (2.30pm):

Lawrenny II v Carew III

Newport Tigers v Johnston II