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Glover’s late goal wins cup for Clarby

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Winners: Clarbeston Road celebrate winning the Second Division Cup

CLARBESTON ROAD won the Second Division Cup Final on Thursday night (Apr 7) as Tom Glover’s last minute goal gave them a 3-2 victory.

The first half was a dull affair but the second half came to life with Monkton coming from behind to lead 2-1, only for Clarby to hit back and win the cup for the second time in three years.

A good crowd gathered at the Bridge Meadow Stadium to watch the match which was played in a good spirit with both sides showing plenty of commitment.

After a tense opening ten minutes, Clarbeston Road had the first real chance of the game when Jason Griffiths played in Tom Reubens but his shot was saved by the Monkton keeper.

Michael Turpin then played the ball to Tom Reubens who played the ball back for Turpin but his shot was saved and Jason Griffiths could only knock the rebound wide.

Monkton threatened when John Hyde passed to Ryan Griffiths but after cutting inside and looking to shoot, Clarby defenders got back to clear the danger.

Michael Canton also hit the side netting for the Swifts before Turpin saw a shot saved for Clarby.

Ryan Griffiths was then sent free on goal but Clarby keeper Gary Thomas came out to nick the ball before Griffiths could get a shot away.

The whistle went with the score tied at 0-0 but it wasn’t long before the game came to life in the second half.

Five minutes in, Tom Reubens looped the ball over the defenders and Ben John was on hand to rifle the ball into the top corner despite the best efforts of Monkton’s keeper.

However, just five minutes later Monkton were level when a cross from the right was punched away but only as far as Ryan Griffiths who shot low into the bottom right corner of the net.

With twenty minutes of the second half gone the Swifts took the lead in spectacular fashion.

Ben Nicholas played the ball to Michael Canton and his shot curled onto the left hand post and bounced into the net.

Seven minutes later it was 2-2 as Jason Griffiths played the ball forward for Tom Reubens who returned the ball back across goal for Griffiths to bury a shot low in the bottom left corner of the net.

Both sides battled away in the final fifteen minutes and it looked as if both managers were anticipating extra-time with only a couple of subs made.

With a minute of the 90 left Clarby won a corner and when a cross was floated in, Monkton’s keeper came and missed and the ball fell to Tom Glover who lofted the ball into the roof of the net.

That goal sparked jubilant scenes among the Clarby players and their bench and it left Monkton with little time to respond.

The Swifts did come forward in injury time but saw a shot go wide and Clarby hung on to seal cup glory.

After the game, both sides were congratulated on an excellent final and the trophy was presented to Clarby captain Jason Griffiths.

Clarbeston Road: Gary Thomas, Paul Jenkins, Curtis Elliott, Dan Rees, Rheinallt George, Matthew Ellis, Tom Reubens, Tom Glover, Jason Griffiths, Michael Turpin, Ben John.

Monkton Swifts: Dan Roberts, Jimmy Walker, Tom Meiring, Sean Jones, Luke Probert, Ben Nicholas, Blake James, John Hyde, Daniel Scourfield, Michael Canton, Ryan

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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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