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Magnificent seven for Nomads

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Saundersfoot Sports 3

NEYLAND were too good for Saundersfoot Sports on Saturday as they romped to a 7-3 victory over Saundersfoot Sports.

Both sides came into the game off the back of impressive wins in their last games and despite a slow start Neyland roared back to take the victory.

There were just two minutes on the clock when Saundersfoot took the lead as George Taylor robbed Paul Hannon of the ball before running on and firing a shot into the top of the net.

However, that lead only lasted a minute as Gary Power was sent through on goal and he lifted the ball over the keeper and into the net.

Leigh Power

On target: Leigh Power scored two goals for Neyland

Saundersfoot’s players were convinced that Power had handled the ball in the build up but their appeals fell on deaf ears.

Neyland were then gifted a second goal when Sports keeper Ben Evans played the ball straight to Joe Charlton who curled the ball into the bottom right corner to give the Nomads the lead.

The Sports looked to get back into the game and came close on a couple of occasions as Jack Parkinson saw a shot go narrowly over the bar.

Saundersfoot almost levelled with fifteen minutes gone when Neyland’s keeper spilled a cross from Sam Coleman and Parkinson’s follow up effort was well saved.

Neyland had a third goal ten minutes before half time as Leigh Power headed the ball home from a corner.

They added a fourth nine minutes into the second half when Nathan Warlow tapped in after keeper Ben Evans failed to gather a cross.

The home side were not finished there and they had a fifth just five minutes later. Leigh Power got on the end of a forward cross and his header looped in over the keeper.

With twenty minutes to go Joe Charlton was brought down in the box and referee Ben Williams pointed to the spot. Charlton picked himself up and sent the keeper the wrong way to make it 6-1.

Saundersfoot did not give up and grabbed a consolation goal five minutes from time when Sam Coleman shot low into the bottom corner.

Two minutes later Neyland added a seventh when sub Aaron Mcquillan went on a mazy run into the box but after his shot was saved Sam Laugharne tapped the ball home.

Neyland were reduced to ten men with one minute of the ninety remaining as Wayne Parry was shown a second yellow card for a late tackle.

Then in stoppage time Saundersfoot added a third goal when Matt Webb tapped in after an initial header hit the bar.

The win sees Neyland move up to fourth in the table while Saundersfoot remain in the bottom two.

Neyland will look to continue their good run of form when they take on leaders Hakin next week. Saundersfoot will look to bounce back as they play St Clears.

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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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