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Goodwick see off spirited Lawrenny

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Goodwick United 2
Lawrenny 0

Rob Morgan: Scored a brace to send his side through.

Rob Morgan: Scored a brace to send
his side through.

TWO goals from Rob Morgans were enough to send Goodwick United through to the quarter finals of the Senior Cup after beating Lawrenny 2-0. The tie was a repeat of last year’s first round tie which Goodwick won 9-2 and Lawrenny were keen to avoid that happening again. They gave keeper Dan Harries plenty of cover with central defender James Durbridge dominant in the air.

Goodwick started to spread the ball wide and Scott Delaney and Karl Hedley were causing havoc down the right wing. Harries made several fine saves and his fellow defenders made numerous last ditch blocks and tackles to prevent Goodwick taking the lead. Steffan Hayes hit a cross from the left which found Lewis Banks bursting into the box but his header from 15 yards hit the crossbar with Harries beaten. Lawrenny were gaining in confidence and Goodwick were getting frustrated.

Lawrenny should have taken the lead five minutes before half time when Dean Morris gained possession on the right wing. His excellent cross into the 6 yard box was met by Conrad Mandiki who headed wide when it was easier to score. Goodwick were not shaken by this and went back up the field with Rob Morgans who lofted a pass into the Lawrenny box and Rhys Dalling was brought down by a clumsy Tom Lewis challenge. Referee James Oylott pointed to the spot and Morgans stepped up to score. The second half continued in the same fashion with Goodwick having most of the possession and Lawrenny defending resolutely. With twenty minutes to go Goodwick brought on substitutes Nigel Delaney, Darren Devonald and Stephen Evans.

Goodwick extended their lead when a dangerous cross from Devonald into the near post was blocked by Harries but he was unable to hold the ball and Morgans tapped the ball into the net. Lawrenny played their hearts out in what was an excellent cup tie but it was Goodwick who progressed and they can now look forward to the quarter final in the New Year.

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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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