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Swifts brushed aside by Tigers

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Monkton Swifts 0
Johnston 7

monkton swiftsJOHNSTON were emphatic winners on Saturday as they beat Monkton Swifts by seven goals to nil. The visitors started the game well and could have scored two goals in the opening ten minutes but after some good build-up they couldn’t find a finish. However, it was not long before they did take the lead. With twenty minutes gone a free kick from Luke Hayward was headed back across goal by James Skudder for Liam James who headed home to make it 1-0.

Ten minutes before half time Ryan Doyle slotted the ball home after a good through ball from Luke Hayward. Two minutes later James Skudder was brought down in the box but the visitor’s claims for a penalty were waved away by the referee. The Swifts faced an uphill battle in the second half and it got worse for them just seven minutes in as the Tigers made it 3-0.

Steven Mills set off on a mazy run before sliding the ball across for Ryan Doyle to grab his second goal of the game. With 67 minutes gone Adam Hawkins collected the ball from half way line and beat two defenders before driving the ball home from twenty yards to make it 4-0. Five minutes later it was 5-0 when Luke Hayward took the ball from half way, dummied two players and played the perfect through ball to Steven Mills to drive home from 16 yards. With eight minutes left Steven Mills crossed into the box and James Skudder was on hand at the back post to volley home Johnston’s sixth goal.

The scoring was complete three minutes from time when Adam Hawkins controlled the ball well before firing into the top corner from 25 yards out. Tigers boss Jamie Picton was very happy with the performance having seen his side dominate from start to finish. The Tigers will look to build on this result next week when they host Pennar Robins in the Senior Cup. The Swifts will be hoping to put this result behind them when they take on Neyland in the league.

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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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