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Hawkins hat-trick gives Tigers win

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Johnston 4
St Clears 1

Saints scorer Dan Ramsey: Challenged for the ball by a Johnston player.

Saints scorer Dan Ramsey:
Challenged for the ball by a Johnston player.

ADAM HAWKINS scored a hat trick as Johnston ran out 4-1 winners against St Clears on Saturday. The Saints were unable to field a full strength side at the start of the game as their keeper James Dickson turned up late for the game. Neil Thomson deputised in goal for the Saints but by the time Dickson turned up with 20 minutes of the game gone they were already 1-0 down.

Johnston had the better of the early stages against the ten men and could have gone ahead in the third minute but Thomson pulled off a brilliant save to deny Liam James. Despite being a man down the Saints had a couple of chances as Steve Thomas saw his shot pushed away before a Simon Bancroft cross just evaded the Saints players in the box. However the Tigers continued to dominate and they went ahead with seventeen minutes gone as skipper Luke Hayward played in Adam Hawkins whose low shot found the bottom corner of the net.

The Saints were then boosted by the arrival of the keeper and the referee allowed the switch meaning they were back to full strength. Sean Seymour-Davies then set off on a mazy run into the Johnston half but he was brought down for a free kick in a dangerous position. Steve Thomas passed the ball to Bancroft but his shot hit the side netting. With seven minutes to go until half time the Tigers doubled their lead when Ryan Doyle lashed the ball into the top corner.

Shortly before half time the Saints got back into the game when another Seymour-Davies run set up Dan Ramsey who curled a shot into the bottom left hand corner. The Saints started the second half well as Scott Page’s effort flew just wide before Seymour- Davies went close with a free kick. The visitors then claimed for a penalty but referee Gareth Elliot waved away the appeals.

Johnston came back into the match and twenty minutes in their two-goal advantage was restored when Adam Hawkins tapped in after a shot was saved. The home side began to control the game and with five minutes left they added a fourth goal. Steve Mills was tripped in the area and referee Elliot pointed to the spot. Hawkins stepped up to take the penalty and although the keeper got a hand to it he could not keep the ball out.

The win for Johnston sees them close the gap to Goodwick in the table going into their game with Pennar Robins on Saturday. Johnston: Joel Codd, Chris Phillips, Steven Mills, Sion Price, Ben Phillips, James Skudder, Scott Murray, Luke Hayward, Adam Hawkins, Liam James, Ryan Doyle. Subs: Jack Mills, Gary James, Jamie Picton. St Clears: James Dickson, Neil Thomson, Aiden Rainbow, Ryan Maunsey, Scott Page, Sean Seymour-Davies, Ian Darbyshire, Ynyr James, Steve Thomas, Dan Ramsey, Simon Bancroft. Subs: Gareth Griffiths, Ben Hewens.

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Haverfordwest County ask fans to stay away as football returns to Bridge Meadow

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HAVERFORDWEST COUNTY has asked fans not to attend the Bridge Meadow Stadium today, March 6, as the club restarts its JD Cymru Premier campaign.

The Bluebirds take on Cardiff Met in a game that kicks off at 2:30pm but, like all fixtures in the Cymru Premier, the game is being played behind closed doors.

A club statement asks fans not to congregate outside the stadium and adds that there are ‘rigorous protocols’ for those who must attend.

A spokesperson said: “Haverfordwest County AFC would like to urge all fans to stay at home for (the) fixture against Cardiff Met. For the foreseeable future, all matches will remain behind closed doors.

“The club, along with Welsh Government guidelines, explicitly forbids the congregation of fans outside the stadium to watch the game. There are numerous precautions in place to ensure that those who must attend the game, stick to rigorous protocols to remain safe.

“All match highlights will be available post-match, via Sgorio. We look forward to welcoming fans back to the Bridge Meadow, when it is safe to do so.”

The Club says that this will apply to all future home matches.

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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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