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ANGLE AND BRIDGE BATTLE TO DRAW

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MERLINS BRIDGE and Angle were forced to settle for a point on Saturday as their game finished 2-2.

All the goals came in a frantic first half which saw Merlins Bridge take the lead with only two minutes gone before Angle hit back to take the lead.

Scott Crawford equalised for the Wizards ten minutes before half time but neither side could find a winner in the second half.

Merlins Bridge needed a win to keep up their faint hopes of winning the league but the draw means they can no longer catch the leaders with only two games to go giving Hakin the league title.

The Wizards made a flying start to the match as they took the lead after just two minutes. Peter Thomas sent the ball into the box and after Angle failed to clear the ball fell to Scott Crawford who tapped into the net.

Angle hit back and had a chance of their own with ten minutes gone but Lee Brockway’s from the edge of the box was well tipped round the post by the Bridge keeper.

However, five minutes later they were level with a well-taken goal. Ben Adams won the ball wide on the right before crossing into the box and after Lee Brockway laid the ball off, Craig Brockway smashed the ball into the top left corner.

Both sides had further chances to take the lead but it was Angle who did so after half an hour.

A corner came in from Chris Richards but the referee had spotted a push an awarded a penalty. Craig Brockway stepped up and fired the ball into the top right corner to give his side the lead.

Then with ten minutes to go until half-time Merlins Bridge equalised when Scott Crawford headed in for his second goal of the game from Luke Hayward’s cross.

The game was evenly poised at 2-2 going into the second half and was anybody’s for the taking.

Angle were nearly ahead seven minutes into the second period as Chris Richards’ cross-come-shot was parried onto the bar by the Bridge keeper.

Merlins Bridge were then forced to change their keeper due to an injury but with no subs the injured Dan Birch had to go in goal with Chris Thomas going up front.

A nasty collision between Crawford and the Angle keeper saw Crawford come off worse with a split lip but whilst the Bridge were down to ten men, Angle could not capitalise on their man advantage.

Crawford came back on and nearly completed his hat-trick when he tricked his way round three players before shooting inches wide.

Angle’s Chris Richards was then played in by Lee Brockway but Richards saw his shot saved by the make-shift keeper.

Peter Thomas went close for the Wizards with four minutes to go but his stinging effort was well saved. The Bridge appealed for a penalty in the aftermath but the appeals were waved away by the referee.

Angle thought they had snatched a late winner as substitute Jake Seaton tapped in at the far post but the goal was ruled out for offside.

That was the end of the action and both sides would have to settle for a point.

Merlins Bridge will be doing all they can to secure second spot in the league and next Saturday they are away to St Clears.

Angle welcome Tenby in their next game (Mar 21).

Merlins Bridge: Chris Thomas, Chris Ormond, Andrew John, Peter Thomas, Paul Thomas, Scott Crawford, Henry James, Nathan Thomas, Dan Birch, Luke Hayward, Simon Thomas. Sub: Gethin Roberts.

Angle: Luke Lawerence, Lee Duignan, Gareth Richards, Scott Richards, Craig Brockway, Darren Mason, Connor Willis, Ben Adams, Chris Richards, Lee Brockway, Joshua Clark. Subs: Jake Seaton, Thomas Grimwood, Jonathan Badrock.

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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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