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Pembrokeshire College FC: Pictured at a previous fixture

Pembrokeshire College FC: Pictured at a previous fixture

Pembrokeshire College 1st XI 3

NPTC Group Neath 1st XI 0

VALERO sponsored Pembrokeshire College First Team entertained high flying Neath College on a crisp sunny winter’s day at the Bridge Meadow Stadium. After a disappointing start to the year, Pembs College were desperate to get back into winning ways for 2016.

The first 15 minutes saw both teams settling in to the run of the very bobbly surface, which is understandable after the horrendous weather that has befallen and much of the play was centred around the middle third with both teams battling for the that first break.

Indeed, it finally fell with Pembrokeshire when Alfie Stottor threaded a superb ball in behind the Neath defence for Jordan Kilby to run on to leave himself 1 on 1 with the keeper, but he scuffed his shot wide. Stottor came close again soon after this and he indeed was instrumental in breaking the deadlock on 22mins when he crossed the ball with the outside of his boot from the edge of the 18 yard box and the ball curled away from the keeper onto the head of Dan Raicu running in from the right, who met the ball brilliantly and guided it into the roof of the net.

The half continued with both teams creating opportunities and sharing an equal percentage of possession, with the Pembs midfield duo of Kilby and Ben Aldred continually breaking forward in support of the strikers Stottor and Louis Thompson and it was the home team that went in at half time with a slender lead.

The second half was poised for more of the same with Pembs starting to nudge ahead in the possession stakes. Nathan Annesley-Rees saw his header fly just over the bar and on 70 mins Thompson saw his shot from the edge of the box fly just over the bar.

This sustained period of Pembs pressure resulted in a corner which Fraser Finlay drove into the box, tight to the near post and the ball went in off a Neath defender, though Finlay is deservedly credited with the goal.

Finlay should have made it 3-0 when he was put through on goal by Stottor, but his uncharacteristically poor first touch saw the ball roll towards the grateful oncoming Neath keeper. Neath mounted the odd counter attack, which was brilliantly dealt with by the solid back 4 of Matthew Dickinson, George Taylor, Annesley- Rees and Jacob Knox, and this enabled Pembs to continually pressure Neath until the inevitable third goal came from the boot of Stottor who fired his shot into the roof of the net from the edge of the box.

In the final five minutes the ‘keeper made two superb saves from Kilby and Stottor to keep the score down to a more respectable 3 nil and a well-deserved and much needed win for Pembrokeshire College.

Pembrokeshire College Football Academy are indebted, as always, to their main sponsors Valero and are very grateful to Haverfordwest County AFC for providing the superb Bridge Meadow Stadium and also to the match officials Helmut Reinhardt, Gareth Elliottt and College Sports student Oliver Robinson, who is also a qualified referee.


Tyler Pickering, Matthew Dickinson, Nathan Annesley-Rees, Will Bateman, Jake ‘Leon’ Luby, Alfie Stottor, George Taylor ( C ), Jordan Kilby, Louis Thompson, Ben Aldred, Jacob Knox, Dan Raicu, Fraser Finlay, Donovan Griffin,

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Signed Wales shirts gifted to RNLI go up for auction



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

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Five subs to be allowed for JD Cymru Premier clubs



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



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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