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Walters winner puts Bluebirds through

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fawTHE BLUEBIRDS are through to the third round of the Welsh Cup after they beat Rhayader Town by two goals to one. The visitors took the lead in the eleventh minute when Tom Rowlands scored a penalty after Gethin Jones was brought down by Nicky Palmer. However the lead only lasted six minutes as Luke Borelli slid the ball past keeper Luke Evans after he was played in by Ricky Watts.

Rhayader’s Nefen Savage saw a shot fly just over the bar as the visitors looked to regain the lead. Borelli could have grabbed a second goal for the home side but he headed Spencer Williams’ cross against the bar. The striker was at it again when he poked the ball home after Sam Rodon’s header was saved but Borelli was ruled to be offside. Wyn Walters saved a couple of shots from Rowlands and Savage as Rhayader started the second half well. Watts then shot wide before Follows was inches away from connecting with a Borelli cross.

Chris O’Sullivan and Greg Walters were brought on and just as it looked like the game would end in a draw the latter scored what would turn out to be the winner. In the last minute of the ninety, Follows crossed for Walters whose shot from 25 yards out went low into the corner. The draw for the third round was made on Monday, November 10, and the Bluebirds have been given a tough draw away at Welsh Premier League side Airbus UK.

The draw was made by Wales manager Chris Coleman and the tie will be played on the weekend of November 29. On Saturday the Bluebirds return to league action when they take on Cardiff Met University. Bluebirds: Wyn Walters, Ricky Watts, Spencer Williams, Sam Rodon, Dale Griffiths, Sean Pemberton, Jack Britton, Nicky Palmer, Luke Borelli, Jordan Follows, Declan Carroll. Subs: Sam Wilson, Dan Evans, Greg Walters, Chris O’Sullivan.

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Signed Wales shirts gifted to RNLI go up for auction

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FOLLOWING a winning start to the Six Nations Tournament, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) have scored a winning try for the RNLI, gifting six signed rugby shirts to help save lives at sea.

Each rugby shirt has been signed by the full WRU squad and are accompanied by a certificate of authentication – a winning prize for any Welsh rugby fan.

To avoid a ruck for the WRU shirts the charity has placed all six signed shirts on an online auction, ensuring a fair game for all who wish to win the golden prize. The auction will be live until Wednesday, March 31, which allows plenty of time for supporters to bid for the team in red.

Each signed shirt includes Wales Captain, Mumbles RNLI supporter and the most capped international player of all time Alun Wyn Jones; as well as Louis Rees-Zammit, the Man of the Match in the nail-biting Scotland v Wales game.

Nick Evans, RNLI Fundraising and Partnership Lead said: ‘On behalf of the charity I would like to say a big thank you to the Welsh Rugby Union for donating these fantastic prizes to the RNLI. RNLI volunteers are on call 24-7 and are often called away from important events such as family celebrations – or international rugby tournaments – to respond to the pager if someone is in trouble at sea.

‘Like all charities, 2020 was a challenging year for the RNLI when all traditional fundraising had to stop – all our shops were closed, there were no collections and all events had to be cancelled. This is why we at the RNLI are so grateful to all the team at WRU for their ongoing support. The auction is now live and we would like to encourage all Wales rugby supporters to throw the RNLI a lifeline and place their bid for the winning prize.’

To place a bid or find out more about the charity auction please visit https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/rnliwru.

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Five subs to be allowed for JD Cymru Premier clubs

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THE FAW’s National Leagues Board has confirmed that JD Cymru Premier clubs will be permitted to make five substitutions in matches, in accordance with the Laws of the Game, until the end of the 2020-21 top-flight season.

FIFA extended the use of the rule, which was first introduced following the COVID-19 outbreak, citing “player welfare” as part of the reason for the temporary amendment to Law 3 of the Laws of the Game.

FIFA stated that “Some competitions which resumed in 2020 may have a shorter-than-usual recovery/preparation period before the start of their next season.”

“For many competitions, the 2020/21 season will involve matches being played in a condensed period due to a delayed start and the inability to end later than usual because of major international tournaments.”

With the JD Cymru Premier set to restart on March 2, the National Leagues Board has approved the use of the rule in the JD Cymru Premier until the end of the current campaign.

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Haverfordwest County’s remaining phase 1 fixtures released

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HAVERFORDWEST County will return to action on Saturday, March 6, with a home game against Cardiff Met University.

The JD Cymru Premier has been granted elite status by the National Sports Group once again and the FAW has announced the rescheduled fixtures.

The first fixture upon the return will see Newtown AFC host Penybont on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 live on Facebook via Sgorio’s platforms.

Bala Town travel to The New Saints on Sgorio on March 6, 2021 with a 5pm kick off.

This will be followed by a full host of fixtures on Saturday, March 6, 2021.

The new calendar sees clubs play their final six matches of Phase One, which is now due to be completed on April 4, 2021.

Haverfordwest County’s remaining fixtures for phase 1 are listed below.

March 6 – 14:30

Haverfordwest County FC v Cardiff Met University FC

March 9 – 19:45

Aberystwyth Town FC v Haverfordwest County FC

March 13 – 14:30

Haverfordwest County FC v The New Saints FC

March 20 – 14:30

Connah’s Quay Nomads FC v Haverfordwest County FC

March 27 – 14:30

Newtown AFC v Haverfordwest County FC

April 2 – 17:00

Penybont FC v Haverfordwest County FC

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