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Hannon double gives Nomads victory

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Neyland 2
St Clears 0

neyland AfcTHE Nomads picked up another three points this afternoon when they beat high flying St Clears 2-0 at the Athletic Ground. The visitors, who had beaten Herbrandston last week and were sitting fifth in the table with only one defeat this season, arrived full of confidence. The Nomads fielded 10 of last week’s starting 11 from the Johnston game, Patrick Hannon returning to replace Ollie Marshall who was unavailable and stuck to the 4-4-2 system which worked well away to the Tigers.

The visitors ploy was to feed the ball long towards their two big strikers, they played high with two wingers but in the early exchanges Nick Koomen and Paul Hannon at the back were calm and dealt with the long ball threat with ease. The first incident of the game saw the visiting keeper rolling round on the floor after he brushed into Sean Hannon on the 6 yard line earning himself a word from the referee who condemned his theatrics. On twenty minutes Henry Durrant’s drilled ball was flicked on by Leigh Power towards strike partner Sean Hannon who volleyed a hooked shot into the net to give the Nomads the lead.

The Nomads kept their shape and had numerous chances to add to the score line before the break, but a mixture of poor finishing, good keeping and luck on the visitors’ part meant the score remained 1-0 at half time. It took the Nomads ten minutes into the second half to add to their lead, a deep Joe Charlton corner was headed back towards goal by Wayne Parry and Hannon poached his second making contact on the goal-line. The visitors changed their shape dropping a winger into midfield so subs Mike Chandler and Nathan Warlow were sent on to counteract the change.

Chandler cutting in from the right wing created a few chances late on, and Patrick Hannon was only called into action once more near the end having to close down a chance from the 6yrd line. For the second week running Nick Koomen found himself needing to make a last ditch tackle to block a goal bound shot deflecting it into the side netting. Neyland will be looking to pick up another win next week when they take on Saundersfoot Sports. St Clears will be looking to bounce back when they take on Loughor Rovers in the West Wales Cup.

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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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