Pembrokeshire football fixtures for Saturday, March 2nd:

West Wales Cup quarter finals (1.30pm):

Carew 3-1 Mumbles Rangers

Carew have now not lost since November 17th last year and with home advantage especially, start favourites here.

Sam Christopher has five goals in two games so there is now no doubt about his fitness, and it was his hat trick that helped The Rooks to a 5-1 win in Pennar last week.

Poor defending early on did cost them against Hakin three weeks ago but overall their defensive record is a good one, and they carry real threat going forward. The throw-ins of Shaun Whitfield and corners of Scott Ferney also make them dangerous at set plays.

Mumbles won 2-1 at Johnstown to reach this stage but their Swansea League Division 1 form has been inconsistent, and they are not yet safe from relegation.

Any game at this stage is difficult, but on paper Carew look to have a good chance of making a second straight semi final.

Hakin United 1-3 Goodwick United

They meet again.

These two have had plenty of crunch clashes over the years, and this is another one. For Hakin especially, given it looks their last chance of silverware this season.

The Vikings will be without Justin Harding though and that is a big loss, even with Nicky Woodrow in the form he's in. Their back four has been makeshift of late due to injuries and they did creak late on at Clarbie last week before coming through 5-4.

But Hakin always threaten goals. And young Camron Thomas seems the latest in a long line of talented youngsters to emerge with strikes in their last two games.

Goodwick warmed up nicely for this with a 12-0 win over Neyland. Like Hakin they are missing a key figure in Matty Delaney on Saturday but they are not short on depth - with Kieran O'Brien coming into the side and scoring five times against The Nomads.

The Phoenix Boys have also had the recent edge in this fixture and have beaten Hakin twice already this season (League and Jubilee Cup). 

It will be intense, probably niggly, could be cards and my score line may end up totally wrong.

But I'm going with the holders here.

Merlins Bridge 2-0 Plough Colts

Bridge do deserve credit for they've reacted since being thumped by Monkton.

That put them under real pressure but they went out and beat Llandarcy to reach here before straight league wins over Narberth, Goodwick, and St Clears. Their season is very much alive on three fronts.

They comfortably won 6-2 at St Clears with Nathan Greene scoring twice but will be unsure of what to expect here. Plough Colts are only fourth in the second tier in Swansea, but did hold runaway leaders Sandfields to a 0-0 draw last week. That suggests this one could be tight as well.

Matthew D'Ivry has had his team organised for West Wales Cup games this season. In fact, they've conceded just once in their four ties and their 1-0 win at Penlan defied a lot of people.

And as added incentive, The Wizards have never won this competition and perhaps haven't challenged for it as strongly as they should have done this past decade. They have a chance to change that here.

Division 1 (2.30pm):

Monkton Swifts 5-2 Pennar Robins

The prize for Monkton here is far more important than bragging rights. A win, and they will be seven points clear by Saturday night.

They show no signs of slowing. Their 8-0 win over Herbie, inspired by a Ben Steele hat trick, was also a second straight clean sheet and Shaun Jones has marshalled the back four superbly this season. Keeper Thomas Doyle had stepped in when Michael Murray has been unavailable and been solid.

It has been a strange three weeks for Pennar. Two defeats to Carew with a 9-2 win over Herbie in-between. 

That latest defeat (5-1) will concern Chris Lloyd and he will know his side must shore up against their arch rivals, who currently have a number of players chipping in with goals.

Pennar carry threat as well and Ben Adams, Sam Southcott and Josh Dearsley have all been in the goals of late, and of course the chance to scupper Monkton's title challenge will be ample motivation.

But I've said frequently lately that Monkton's momentum seems too much to back against them. I think the same here.

Narberth 4-2 Milford United

You have to give credit for Milford. Not so long ago you wondered where a win would come from. Now they are on 10 points and look virtually safe.

They had to fight back from 1-0 down as goals from Lewys Tee and Liam Parr turned things around, and will believe they can get a result here. With Scott Griffiths impressive they have been more resolute at the back of late pushed Narberth hard before losing 3-2 at Marble Hall in December.

The Bluebirds didn't play last week but while they lost two on the bounce before that, competed well in defeats to Bridge (3-2) and Monkton (3-1).

Jordan Williams scored in both those games and despite their improvement, The Robins will have their work cut out.

I think a home win, but then the visitors have defied my predictions a few times of late.......

Neyland 2-4 Clarbeston Road

Neyland have had a terrible three weeks - losing three times, conceding 21 goals, and scoring twice.

Depleted it or not they would have been disappointed to have been beaten so badly in Goodwick and Andrew Kemp shouldn't need to give a team talk here. Having said that, the Neyland cricket team playing in Edgbaston this weekend may prove a hindrance for him depending on their departure plans.

Last week perhaps summed up Clarbie's season. They conceded five, but carried plenty of threat to score four themselves, with Jason Griffiths now was past 20 League goals for the season. That is a remarkable total in a team lying seventh.

Matthew Ellis has had to deal with the loss of some key players this season but a top half finish would still represent a good campaign. I think they will push three points closer to it here.

St Clears 5-2 Herbrandston

After back to back wins St Clears were well beaten by Bridge on Saturday despite leading early on. 

Will Evans did score again to make it four goals in three games and the Carmarthenshire Saints will eye a return to winning ways here.

Herbie only went to Monkton with 11 men last week and although Jack Ackermann did return in goal they lost Ed Smith to injury early on. It goes without saying they have to travel stronger on Saturday.

Survival now looks unlikely for the away side. They have eight games to go and with their goal difference, essentially need a minimum of 10 points to have any chance - and that's if Milford get nothing else themselves.

I expect their hopes to fade a little bit more after this.

Division 2 (2.30pm):

Camrose v Letterston

Hundleton v Llangwm H'west CC

Johnston v Fishguard Sports

Kilgetty v Broad Haven

Lawrenny v Hakin United II

St Ishmaels v Solva

Division 3 (2.30pm):

Fishguard Sports II v Carew II

Milford Athletic v Narberth II

Pendine v Goodwick United II

Solva II v Pembroke Boro

Third Division Cup Round 2 (2pm):

Clarbeston Road II v Monkton Swifts II

Milford United II v St Clears II

Division 4 (2.30pm):

Broad Haven II v Pennar Robins III

Cosheston v Hundleton II

Herbrandston II v Camrose II

Llangwm H'west CC II v Kilgetty II

Pembroke Boro II v Neyland II

Division 5 (2.30pm):

Letterston II v Johnston II

Newport Tigers v Carew III

Saundersfoot Sports II v Tenby