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VIKINGS STORM INTO QUARTER FINALS

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Hakin United 3

 Garw 0

HAKIN UNITED are through to the quarter finals of the FAW Trophy after they beat Garw 3-0 on Saturday (Jan 31).

Ashley Bevan: Holds off a challenge.

Ashley Bevan: Holds off a challenge.

Strong winds and hailstones did not make playing conditions easy but Hakin made home advantage count to make it to the last eight of the competition.

Garw, who are based near Bridgend and play in Division Two of the South Wales Senior League, finished the game a man and a manager down as they were both sent off late on.

The visitors had a great chance to take the lead early on but with four minutes gone Ryan Hughes shot wide when through on goal.

Hakin responded well and could have been 3-0 by the fourteenth minute.

With ten minutes gone the ball fell to Adam Davies after a scramble in the six yard box but his stab at goal was cleared off the line.

He was unlucky again four minutes later after he was put through by Steven Mathias but his shot was again cleared off the line.

The ball came out to Matthew Broome and he crossed to the back post where Davies was waiting again but this time he poked the ball wide.

Ashley Bevan also saw a shot blocked as the Garw team defended well but shortly after Hakin were rewarded for their early dominance.

Nicky Woodrow ran to the byline and crossed for Adam Davies who scissor kicked the ball into the bottom corner to make it 1-0 to the Vikings.

As the half drew to a close the conditions took a turn for the worse as hailstones rained down on the pitch making it hard for both teams to create any real chances.

The wind took over in the second half as goal kicks and throw ins got caught up in it.

Woodrow crossed for Davies again five minutes into the half but this time his shot was saved.

With fifteen minutes to go Hakin all but secured their place in the last eight with a spectacular second goal.

Ashley Bevan played an excellent ball over the top of the Garw defence to the edge of the area where Justin Harding was on hand to volley the ball back across into the bottom right corner.

Bevan almost scored with ten minutes as he used the wind to his advantage but his free kick was tipped round the post by the Garw keeper.

Then with three minutes to go Hakin added a third when Davies turned provider as he crossed for Harding who side-volleyed home from the six yard box,

Garw were frustrated that a number of decisions go their way and that frustration first got the better of Oliver Davies who saw red for strong tackle.

There manager was also unhappy with the decision and after talking with his assistant, the referee also sent him off.

It finished 3-0 and Hakin will be hoping for another home tie in the next round.

Hakin return to league action next Saturday as they take on Tenby at the Observatory Field.

Hakin United: James Manson, Nathan Banner, Matthew Broome, Adam Davies, Gareth Fawcett, Jonathan Bennett, Justin Harding, Nicky Woodrow, Ashley Bevan, Steven Mathias, James Stanmore.

 

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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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