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Narberth edge Bluestone

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NARBERTH began their Bluestone Foundation League Campaign with a 2-1 win over Bluestone on Saturday (Aug 5).

The League has been organised by the Bluestone Foundation to raised funds for the Foundation and to give football clubs around Pembrokeshire the chance to be part of an exciting pre-season tournament.

St Clears and Pendine began the tournament on Wednesday, August 2, and the pair played out a thrilling 4-4 draw.

On Saturday, it was the turn of Narberth and Bluestone at Jesse Road. The Bluestone team was created for this tournament and of their 20 players, just one of those plays competitive football in the county.

Narberth’s Ben John came close to scoring in the first half after he cut inside but his shot was saved.

Bluestone’s Ian Derbyshire then saw his free kick saved by the Narberth keeper and soon after he saw another effort saved.

Llew Jones looked dangerous for Bluestone as he did well to win a corner but the ball was headed wide.

Ceri Phillips had a chance for Narberth shortly before half time but his free kick was saved by the Bluestone keeper.

It remained 0-0 at half time but it wasn’t long after the restart that the Pembrokeshire League Division 1 side took the lead.

Ben John was played in and he chipped the ball over the Bluestone keeper to make it 1-0.

Jones then had an excellent chance to equalise for Bluestone as the ball fell kindly to him in the area but he couldn’t compose himself and his weak shot was saved.

Narberth substitute Harry Ryan impressed with some neat skill down the right and he crossed into the box but the shot went wide.

Narberth’s Callum O’Connell then sent a free kick just over the bar as the home side looked to double their lead.

However, moments later, Narberth had another free kick. This time O’Connell stepped up and sent the ball fizzing into the top right corner of the net leaving the Bluestone keeper with no chance.

To their credit, Bluestone continued to plug away and they were rewarded for their efforts with a goal from Kial Keane to make it 2-1.

It marked an excellent start to the tournament for Narberth, whose next match is on Tuesday (Aug 15) away to Pendine.

On the same day, Bluestone are away to Carew.

The final of the Foundation league takes place at the Bridge Meadow Stadium in Haverfordwest on Friday, September 1, with kick off at 7.00pm.

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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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