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MARVELLOUS MARINERS SINK SEAGULLS

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Milford Haven 31

Fishguard & Goodwick 15

 

LAST SATURDAY (Jan 24) saw a top of the table clash at the Obs between Milford Haven and Fishguard. The large crowd weren’t disappointed in a hard fought

Squad photo: Milford Haven on Saturday

Squad photo: Milford Haven on Saturday

game between two sides in a clash of the titans.

The Mariners made the decision of playing on the 2nd field and played up field for the 1st half, The mariners back row were a dominate force from the 1st whistle with several hard hitting tackles within the first few minutes, with player-come-coach Mark Wonnacott leading from the forefront, was able to assist young Sam Dolling; and the ever present James Passmore.

The back-line was controlled by the man of the match Leigh Broome how kick started the scoring with an inspirational solo try within the first few minutes which he also converted, Broome has recently returned to the Mariners side from a stint at football and was in truly outstanding form kicking the Fishguard side out of the game completely with some top class touch finding kicks, Broome also sealed the victory for Milford Haven with an inspirational chip kick through the Fishguard defensive line and it was a foot race to the line which Broome pounced on just before Veteran Fishguard player Romeo Colella.

The next score was the Mariners again and this came through some hard work from outstanding player Dai Sweeney, who delivered a sweet little pop pass to pacey winger Lee Reily, who dived over the line for an unconverted try.

Fishguard had their chances throughout the game with some great moves from the back-line, and were awarded a penalty try from a scrum in the bottom corner, they tried hard to string passages of play together but were outshone with the mariners true grit and determination in defence, this lead to a try for fullback Rhys Baker, who picked up a pass of his toes and showed some twinkle toes moves to cross the line.

The Mariners then used the downhill advantage in the second half to show some truly classic moves and physical presence and to close the seagulls out of the game with further tries coming from Prop Nathan Rees from a driving line out, Rees even popped up in the centre and thrown a sweet dummy pass and had a short burst. Milford’s line out was top class with Dolling, Wonnacott and Tom Manning stealing crucial line out ball from the Seagulls; Manning showed some strong running and breaks before leaving the field mid-way through the 1st half with a head injury.

Milford Haven side was also bolstered by the return of Grant Rodgers to the Obs who formed a brick wall defence in the centre with Dean Matthews, Milford also saw the return of club captain Mike Cockburn who came on off the bench. The Final Whistle was greeted by an all mighty roar from the home supporters and the entire Milford Senior Squad, The Mariners were led to victory by Captain Marvel Craig “Miffy” Smith, the win now sees the Mariners Undefeated at home and sitting at the top of the Table.

 

PLAYERS: Milford Haven: Rhys Baker: Lee Riley; Dean Matthews; Grant Rogers; Jimmy Thomas: Leigh Broome; Evan Morgan: Nathan Rees; Craig Smith; Andrew Rees: Tom Manning; Dai Sweeney: James Passmore; Sam Dolling; Mark Wonnacott. Replacements: Kern Cunningham; Dean McSparron; Michael Cockburn; Jonathan Coe; Dominic Todaro.

 

Fishguard & Goodwick: Ed Bendall: Gareth Adamson; Mike Jenkins; Joni Vatu; Matthew George: Ben John; Alun George: Gerwyn Davies; Gavin Walsh; Andrew Morrillo: Richard Hunter; Gwilym Evans: Owain Morgans; Chris Shousha; Simon James. Replacements: Rhodri Morgans; Romeo Colella; Rhys Lewis; Ryan McVeigh; Jason Davies.

Referee: Colin Phillips (Crymych)

Photos provided by Sheila Witts- Sear

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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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