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Hakin win Joe Lennon Cup

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HAKIN UNITED retained the Joe Lennon Cup as they beat Milford United 4-1 in the final on Friday night (August 4).

The Vikings beat Herbrandston 3-0 in the semi-final while Milford United beat rivals Milford Athletic 2-0 in the other game.

It was the home side who began brightly at The Obs with Adam John going close with a header while Nicky Woodrow had a goal ruled out for an offside.

Jason Hicks came close for Milford but his shot went wide of James Manson’s goal.

With half time approaching Hakin took the lead as Ben Fawcett beat a defender before firing a shot into the top corner of the net.

Moments later it was 2-0 as Daniel Armstrong pounced on some slack defending at a corner to knock the ball into the net.

Shortly after the restart Hakin made it 3-0 as Adam John cut inside before shooting low into the bottom left corner.

Nicky Woodrow then headed over as the Vikings continued to dominate for large parts of the game.

Milford’s Taku Padiwa then saw his shot saved but when the ball came back to him his cross evaded everyone.

Woodrow turned on the style as he nutmegged the defender before shooting just over for the home side.

It was 4-0 soon after when Adam John saw his shot blocked and the ball fell to Ben Steele who shot low towards the bottom left corner but Milford keeper Josh Partis only succeeded in pushing the ball over the line.

Steele came close again when he tried to lob the Milford keeper but he was equal to the shot.

Milford pulled a goal back that their play had deserved five minutes from time as a free kick from the right was headed in by the towering William Goodall.

Ben Aldred came close to adding a fifth goal late on but his shot from the edge of the box was excellently tipped over the bar by Partis.

There was still time for Hakin to be awarded a penalty on the stroke of full time when Steele was brought down in the box. Steele picked up the ball himself but went for a ‘panenka’ penalty which keeper Partis read to save the spot kick.

It remained at 4-1 but the final whistle went to bring an end to the game.

After the match, Ben Fawcett was presented with the man of the match trophy by Malcolm Jones and Nicky Woodrow was presented with the Joe Lennon Cup for the sixth straight year.

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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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