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Tigers survive Sports comeback

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Johnston 5

saundersfootJOHNSTON returned to winning ways as they beat Saundersfoot Sports in an entertaining game. After just one minute, Liam James went up for the ball but twisted his knee on landing meaning manager Jamie Picton had to go on as he was the only sub. Soon after the Tigers went 1-0 up after a long ball up to Jame Picton who slotted the ball through to Scott Murray to cross for Adam Hawkins to tap home to make it 1-0.

With six minutes gone the ball came across from Martin John to Scott Murray to rifle a shot in to the top corner from 25 yards. The visitors could have scored a few more but wasted chances and it was still 2-0 when the half time whistle went. The Tigers made an excellent start to the second half and they made it 3-0 thirteen minutes into the half.

Ben Phillips took the ball from 25 yards out, stopped and turned before driving the ball to the keepers’ right, giving him no chance. The home side did not go down without a fight and some sloppy play from Johnston let Saundersfoot back in the game. Geoff Marsh headed on at the back post with 66 minutes gone to make it 3-1.

With fifteen minutes to go the Sports were awarded a penalty for a push and Sam Coleman scored on the rebound after a great save from Joel Codd. Despite the wobble Johnston restored their two goal advantage three minutes later when Jamie Picton put through Adam Hawkins with a killer pass only for the last defender to take Hawkins out. Adam took the penalty and made it 4-2. Saundersfoot hit back again with a great goal when Sam Coleman who produced a stunning overhead kick which sailed into the top corner to make it 4-3.

The Tigers finally made the points safe with two minutes to go when Jamie Picton once again took the ball in midfield and played in Steven Mills to fire home from 16 yards. Johnston saw out the game and will be pleased with the win which takes them up to eighth in the table. The Tigers are next in action on January 3 when they take on West Dragons. Saundersfoot’s first game of the new year will be at home against Merlins Bridge.

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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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