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Bluebirds earn point at home

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Haverfordwest County 1

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Late goal: Luke Borelli halts his run being chased by a Port Talbot player

Late goal: Luke Borelli halts his run being chased by a Port Talbot player

HAVERFORDWEST COUNTY scored a late equaliser on Saturday as they earned a point against Port Talbot Town.

The Bluebirds started slow and were thankful to keeper Alex Connell who made a superb save to deny a header in only the second minute of the game.

Two minutes later Ricky Watts was played in by Luke Borelli but Watts could not control the ball and Port Talbot were able to clear the danger.

On ten minutes, the Bluebirds came close when Luke Borelli’s wellstruck free kick was excellently saved by the Port Talbot keeper who pushed the ball over the bar for a corner.

However, just two minutes later Port Talbot took the lead when a cross from the right hand side from Chris Jones was tapped in at the back post by Joe Clarke.

The Bluebirds looked to get back into the match and came close when Sean Pemberton headed the ball on for Jason Bertorelli but his shot went wide.

Connell was also in action at the other end as he did well to save a free kick from Luke Bowen.

Both sides had chances to score in the remaining minutes of the first half but the score was still 1-0 to the visitors when the half time whistle went.

With an hour gone, Bertorelli was sent through on goal but his shot was blocked and the follow up effort fell straight to the keeper.

The Bluebirds were awarded a penalty late on when Cann was yellowcarded for a foul but then redeemed himself by saving Borelli’s penalty.

With just ten minutes to go Borelli atoned for his penalty miss when he shot low into the corner after being played in to make it 1-1.

The Bluebirds pushed forwards in the closing stages desperately looking for a late winner but it never came and both sides were forced to settle for a point.

 

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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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