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Vikings survive late comeback to lift Jubilee Cup

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HAKIN UNITED survived a late comeback from Merlins Bridge to lift the Jubilee Cup at the Bridge Meadow Stadium on Tuesday (Aug 15).

The League champions were three goals up thanks to two goals from Ryan Wilson and another from Nicky Woodrow but Nathan Greene and Luke Hayward scored for the Senior Cup winners inside the final ten minutes to set up a tense finale.

Hakin held on to lift the Jubilee Cup, the annual curtain-raiser to the start of the Pembrokeshire Football league.

Merlins Bridge had the best chance to go ahead after ten minutes after some good play in the box. First, Will Haworth cut inside but despite losing his footing, he was still able to get the ball to Nathan Greene who ran to the edge of the six yard box but checked back to come around the keeper only for Hakin’s defenders to come to the rescue and block his shot on the line.

The danger wasn’t cleared and the ball fell kindly but two Bridge players both went for the ball and got in each other’s way allowing the Vikings to escape.

There were a couple of strong tackles in what was a hotly-contested game but referee Roy Boswell controlled the game well giving out a number of yellow cards.

Midway through the first half the Vikings took the lead after Nicky Woodrow’s shot was blocked and the ball fell to Ryan Wilson whose shot deflected in past Bridge keeper Gary Thomas.

Ashley Beck came close for the Wizards but his shot went just over the bar.

With five minutes to go until half time Hakin doubled their lead as Woodrow flicked the ball up to get away from the defender and volley the ball into the net for a stunning goal.

Early in the second half, Woodrow tried his luck with a similar effort but this time his shot went over.

Adam John then won the ball on the edge of the box but his shot hit the side netting with the Hakin supporters on the other side of the ground thinking it had gone in.

With just over 20 minutes to go Hakin got their third to all but secure victory as Ryan Wilson superbly volleyed the ball into the top right corner.

Adam Hawkins came close to scoring for the Wizards soon after but his effort was blocked.

With ten minutes to go Hawkins did well to win the ball back but he was fouled by Brad Barrett giving the Wizards a free kick wide on the right.

The ball was floated in and Luke Hayward did enough to head the ball into the net despite the best efforts of keeper Adrian Devonald to keep the ball out.

Two minutes later it was 3-2 as Hawkins again did well on the right before crossing into the box where Nathan Greene arrived to smash the ball home.

That set up a nervous final five minutes but Hakin United held on to win the Jubilee Cup.

Both teams will now be busy preparing for the start of the league season with Hakin taking on Herbrandston and Merlins Bridge facing West Dragons this coming Tuesday (Aug 22).

Elsewhere on the opening day, Angle play Lamphey, Goodwick host newly promoted Clarbeston Road, Monkton take on local rivals Pennar Robins and Neyland face Milford United.

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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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