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Hakin champions after thrilling draw

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HAKIN United have been crowned Champions of the Pembrokeshire Football League after a thrilling 3-3 draw with Goodwick United on Wednesday night.

Champions: Hakin United celebrate their third title in a row

Champions: Hakin United celebrate their third title in a row

Goodwick needed to win to keep their slim title hopes alive but Hakin were in the mood to win their third league title in a row as they raced into a 3-0 lead.

However, the visitors hit back to earn a 3-3 draw but the point gives Hakin the title.

There was a tense start to the game as both sides knew what was at stake.

Ashley Bevan had the first real chance with ten minutes gone but his shot was well saved by Goodwick’s keeper.

Some neat play between Adam Davies and Nicky Woodrow saw the latter cross into the box but Justin Harding was unlucky to see his header bounce wide off the post.

At the other end Rhys Dalling squared the ball for Llyr Tobin but his shot hit the side netting.

Rain and wind did not make conditions easy and it looked like the sides would go in at the break with the score 0-0.

Hakin had other ideas and stunned their opponents with two goals in as many minutes.

Firstly, Nicky Woodrow latched on to a long ball forward and his first time shot flew into the bottom corner despite the Goodwick keeper getting a hand to it.

Then on the stroke of half time Nathan Banner’s mishit shot fell to Adam Davies six yards out and he calmly placed the ball into the bottom right corner to make it 2-0.

Strike: Nicky Woodrow scored two goals for the Vikings

Strike: Nicky Woodrow scored two goals for the Vikings

Goodwick were shell-shocked but came out fighting at the start of the second half as Rob Morgan saw a free kick hit the bar within a minute of the restart.

Then shortly before the hour mark Hakin made it 3-0 as Nicky Woodrow broke through before firing low into the net.

The visitors had a great chance to get back in the game moments later when the ball fell to Llyr Tobin but his shot was blocked onto the bar and over.

Jonathan Bennett had a chance to make it four with twenty minutes to go but after he was put through by Adam Davies, his shot was saved by keeper Dean Mopson.

Three minutes later Goodwick did get themselves back in the game as Rob Morgan took the ball down before slotting into the corner of the net.

Goodwick had the wind in their sails and with twelve minutes to go a pass back was sliced horribly by Hakin keeper James Manson and the visitors had a corner. It was taken by Rob Morgan and the ball caught the wind hitting the back post and going in.

A minute later Goodwick equalised as Johnny Horgan crossed into the box where the unmarked Rhys Dalling headed in.

They almost spoilt the party moments later as the same duo combined once more but Dalling headed inches wide of the post.

Hakin held on for their first draw of the season and the point seals the title for the Vikings.

Delighted: Captain Jonathan Bennett lifts the trophy

Delighted: Captain Jonathan Bennett lifts the trophy

After the match Hakin manager Gary Dawes said: “It has been a long, hard-thought season. We may have underperformed in the cups but the most important thing in Pembrokeshire is to win the domestic league and we are doing that consistently. We are over the moon.”

Hakin United: James Manson, Adam Davies, Leigh Broome, Michael Cooper, Nathan Banner, Jonathon Bennett, Justin Harding, Nicky Woodrow, Ashley Bevan, Steven Mathias, James Stanmore. Subs: Ally Greenish, Paul Jones, Scott Reynish.

Goodwick United: Dean Mopson, Scott Delaney, Steff Hayes, Llyr Tobin, Wayne O’Sullivan, Lewis Banks, Kieran O’Brian, Karl Hedley, Rob Morgan, Rhys Dalling, Johnny Horgan. Subs: Jordan Griffiths, Darren Devonald, Patrick Hughes.

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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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