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Tigers pay the penalty

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Assist: Joe John wins the ball before running on to set up the first goal

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JOHNSTON missed the chance to close the gap on the top two as Joe George squandered a late penalty in their 3-3 draw with Herbrandston on Saturday. 

The home side took an early lead but were stunned as Herbie came back to lead 2-1 at the break. Johnston equalised in the second half only for Herbie to ahead once more.

Ryan Doyle equalised for the Tigers again but Joe George’s late penalty was saved and both sides were forced to settle for a point.

The Tigers started the game well with Pembrokeshire League top scorer Adam Hawkins going close with a shot which flew just over the bar.

With twenty minutes gone Johnston went ahead in fine fashion as Joe John won the ball in midfield before running on to supply a cross to the back post for Adam Hawkins who volleyed the ball into the bottom left corner of the net.

However, just moments later, Herbie were back level as a corner from the left hand side went all the way to the back post where it found Chris Phillips who could only head the ball against the bar and into his own net.

Joe George was also a threat for the home side but he saw his effort squirm under the Herbie keeper but wide for a corner.

On the half hour mark tempers flared as a late tackle on Adam Hawkins went unpunished. Hawkins responded with a strong tackle of his own leading to a melee with a number of players.

After the referee had calmed things down Hawkins was shown a yellow for his part while Scott Murray and Herbie’s Adrian Rees were also booked for their part in the aftermath.

Eight minutes before half time Herbie took the lead when the ball was played in to the box but when Johnston attempted to clear the ball it was kicked straight against Alex Ouzman and the ball flew into the net.

Johnston brought on two new faces for the start of the second half but it was two familiar faces who got their side back level.

Ten minutes in Adam Hawkins ran to the by-line before crossing into the box for Joe John at the back post who poked the ball into the net.

Herbie responded in excellent fashion and went ahead just a minute later as Alex Ouzman’s low shot hit the post but the rebound was tapped in by Shane Walsh.

With twenty minutes of the second half gone Johnston equalised once more through substitute Ryan Doyle.

They were given a penalty moments later but Joe George’s kick was saved by the legs of Herbie keeper Gareth Marshallsay.

The Tigers were well on top in the final stages and came close to a goal when Ben Phillips’ header crashed back off the bar.

Steven Mills also had a late chance for the home side but his effort went over the bar.

Herbie also had a late chance to win it when Shane Walsh broke free into the area but his shot was saved by Johnston keeper Josh Pearce.

The referee brought an entertaining game to an end with both sides settling for a point.

The result keeps Johnston third but they are now four points off the top two.

Herbrandston will welcome the point as they look to take themselves away from the league’s bottom two.

On Saturday, Johnston are in action away to St Clears while Herbie are away to bottom side Carew.

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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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