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DOMINANT WIN FOR BLUEBIRDS

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Haverfordwest County 2
Pontardawe Town 0

Opening Goal: Luke Borelli gives the Bluebirds the lead with a fine strike.

Opening Goal: Luke Borelli gives the Bluebirds the lead with a fine strike.

H AV E R F O R D W E S T COUNTY kicked the New Year off with a comfortable 2-0 win over Pontardawe Town. The win was The Bluebirds’ fi rst since October 11 and keeps them fourth, in touch with joint leaders Cardiff Met and Penybont. The home side dominated their second from bottom visitors for much of the game and could have gone ahead in the tenth minute but Steffan Davies saw his shot cleared off the line by Pontardawe’s captain Luke Harris. Moments later, Luke Borelli headed the ball down for Sean Pemberton but he shot wide.

Pontardawe threatened briefly and The Bluebirds were thankful to keeper Craig Morris who pulled off a good save to deny a stinging effort from Alex Wild. Owen Thomas and Nicky Palmer then exchanged passes into the area but Thomas’s effort went wide of the post. Ricky Watts was also a threat down the right hand side for The Bluebirds and he put in a number of dangerous looking crosses, one of which Luke Borelli got on the end of but his header was well saved. It was still 0-0 at half time but it did not take the home side long in the second half to make the breakthrough. Three minutes in to the half Luke Borelli broke and he ran to the edge of the box before shooting low into the bottom left corner of the goal.

Ten minutes later, The Blues were inches away from going 2-0 up as Kieron Howard’s free kick evaded everyone but the Pontardawe keeper Steve Reeve, who did well to turn the ball round the post for a corner. Declan Carroll was brought on soon after and he was immediately involved, narrowly heading over the bar from Antonio Facciuto’s cross. The visitors could not get out of their own half and frustrations got the better of them as a number of players received yellow cards. With twenty minutes to go, The Bluebirds made the points safe with a stunning goal.

Kieron Howard shot from 25 yards out and the ball flew into the top corner giving the keeper no chance. They could have added a third late on when Carroll sent Nicky Palmer through on goal but his first shot was saved and he then sent the rebound over the bar. The Bluebirds saw the game out and will be relieved to get back to winning ways. Their next game at the Bridge Meadow is on January 17 against Ton Pentre. Haverfordwest County: Craig Morris, Ricky Watts, Antonio Facciuto, Sam Rodon, Dale Griffiths, Sean Pemberton, Kieron Howard, Nicky Palmer, Luke Borelli, Steffan Davies, Owen Thomas. Subs: Jordan Follows, Greg Walters, Declan Carroll.

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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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