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Kilgetty secure promotion to Division 1

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KILGETTY secured promotion to Division 1 on Monday night (Apr 29) as they beat Johnston 2-0 in the final game of the Pembrokeshire Football League Season.

It was a winner takes all promotion decider with Johnston needing a win to go up while Kilgetty knew they just needed a point to reach the first division.

Kilgetty had moved into third place on Saturday (Apr 27), enough to secure promotion with Merlins Bridge seconds sitting second, with a 2-1 win over Division 2 Champions Fishguard Sports. Jordan Gorman scored both goals for Kilgetty in that game and he was at it again on Monday scoring another double to send his side up.

It means a return to the top division for Kilgetty for the first time since the 2010/11 season.

Kilgetty Coach Robbie Beynon said he was ‘delighted’ to get the win against a tough team in Johnston.

He saw his side play second best in the first half, however, as the Tigers’ passing and movement caused the home side a lot of problems.

Kilgetty had earlier chances to go ahead but it was Jordan Gorman who put the home side ahead at the break as they caught the Tigers on the counter attack.

In the second half the home side continued to frustrate their opponents limiting them to a couple of chances.

Kilgetty’s Henry Lawrence then saw a shot saved by Johnston keeper Jim Payne but Gorman was in the right place to tap home the rebound.

The home side were awarded a penalty late on when Ollie Gamble was fouled but Jordan Gormann missed the opportunity to grab a hat trick.

Despite that miss, Kilgetty saw the game out and celebrated a return to the top division of Pembrokeshire football.

Coach Beynon added: “When I came in to take this job over, Kilgetty football was in a bit of a mess if I’m honest, happy to be lingering in the bottom half of division 3, so may aim was in three years to try and get us back to Division 1.

“I’ve had to bring some players in to do this but the main core are Kilgetty boys and youngsters at that. Two cup finals and two promotions in the three years I’ve been doing it is a great achievement for our club.

“Being a Kilgetty lad there’s nobody more proud of our achievements and I would like to thank Lukas Gamble and all the players I’ve had over the 3 years for all their hard work and we will give it our best shot back in the top Division of Pembrokeshire football. Over the moon is a understatement.”

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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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