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Vikings thump Tigers to reach final



Hakin United 7

Johnston 0

Four goal hero: Woodrow scored four for the Vikings

Four goal hero: Woodrow scored four for the Vikings

HAKIN UNITED booked a mouth-watering final with Goodwick United on Thursday as they thrashed ten-man Johnston 7-0.

The game was played in wet conditions at the Bridge Meadow Stadium in Haverfordwest but that did not stop a large crowd attending.

Johnston were looking to cause an upset but it was Hakin who started well with a dangerous cross from Ben Steele headed away from the advancing Nicky Woodrow.

In the eighth minute of the game, Johnston’s Ross Williams appeared to kick out at Steele but the incident was not seen by the officials.

Ryan Doyle came close to giving Johnston the lead but his shot was deflected wide for a corner.

Woodrow was working hard in midfield as he twice won the ball back before setting up team-mates but both occasions saw long range efforts go wide.

Steven Mathias then played the ball to James Stanmore who crossed into the box but Ashley Bevan’s shot went wide.

With half an hour gone Hakin finally made the breakthrough that their play had deserved as Mathias crossed from the left for Woodrow who headed the ball back across goal and into the net.

The Vikings doubled their lead with seven minutes to go until half time when Matthew Broome played the ball to Mathias who grabbed his second assist as Woodrow tapped in for his second goal.

Shortly before half time Hakin thought they should have had a penalty when Steele was brought down by Williams but the referee waved away the protests.

A minute later, Williams kicked out at Steele off the ball and this time the referee was left with no choice but to send Williams for an early shower.

Johnston faced an uphill battle in the second half and it didn’t get any easier for them when Hakin scored a third goal six minutes in.

Woodrow turned provider as he crossed for Steele who beat the defender before shooting low into the bottom left corner of the net.

Steele nearly grabbed his second goal of the night with an hour gone but his curled effort from the edge of the box rebounded off the post and out for a goal kick.

With twenty minutes to go Hakin finally added their fourth when Ashley Bevan ran into the box before squaring for Woodrow who tapped in to seal his hat-trick.

Four minutes later it was five when Bevan won the ball back and after his initial cross was blocked he shot low into the bottom left corner of the net.

The Vikings were playing some great football and came close to a sixth when Bevan crossed into the box but Stanmore’s volley was only just wide.

With ten minutes to go Hakin made it 6-0 when Steele crossed into the box for Woodrow who dived in to head the ball home for his fourth of the night.

They saved their best goal of the night for the last as with seven minutes to go, Bevan crossed to the edge of the box for Stanmore who rifled a shot into the top corner of the net.

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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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