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Derby ends all square



Pulled one back: Ben Nicholas (right) scored after thirty seconds of the second half.

Pulled one back: Ben Nicholas (right) scored after thirty seconds of the
second half.

Monkton Swifts 2
Pennar Robins 2

PENNAR ROBINS were forced to settle for a point on Saturday (Feb 14) as Monkton Swifts came from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw. The Robins had raced into an early two goal lead and should have added more but the Swifts rallied in the second half to come away with a deserved point. Both sides gave their all in a typical blood and thunder derby match but neither did enough to come away with the bragging rights.

The draw means Monkton are now unbeaten in four while Pennar ended a two match losing streak. Monkton Swifts are now up to eleventh place while the Robins stay seventh. The Robins started the game brightly and were ahead after just five minutes. Phil Thompson laid the ball off for Mike Powell who curled an excellent shot into the bottom corner. They doubled their lead soon after as Ben Steele crossed from the right for Phil Thompson to head home.

Thompson could have had a second with twenty minutes gone but his header was easily saved by the Swifts keeper. The Swifts came back into the game as the half came to a close as Robin Stanley headed narrowly wide from Blake James’ cross. Sean Jones also tried his luck from distance but his rasping drive fizzed past the post with thirty minutes gone. Then on the stroke of half time they had their best chance of the half when a corner from Ben Nicholas found its way to Lee Evans who was unmarked but he could only head over the bar.

The Swifts caught the Robins sleeping at the start of the second half as they pulled a goal back just thirty seconds in. Robin Stanley passed to Daniel Scourfield who flicked the ball on for Ben Nicholas whose shot went in off the post. The Robins responded well and could have scored a third but Sam Southcott’s effort was well blocked by the Swifts defenders. With just over twenty minutes to go the Swifts were level with another excellent goal.

Blake James crossed into the box and Matthew Davies slid in at the back post to poke the ball home. The home side could have taken the lead five minutes later but Ben Nicholas poked the ball wide from Liam Butland’s cross. Pennar had a great chance to win the game with ten minutes to go when Phil Thompson got on the end of a through ball before the Swifts keeper but his shot towards goal was cleared off the line by Lee Evans. Both teams looked for a late winner but it never came meaning they would have to settle for a draw. Next week Pennar are at home to St Clears while Monkton are also at home to Tenby.

Monkton Swifts: Scott Trayhern, Matthew Davies, Lee Evans, Aaron Butland, Ben Nicholas, Sean Jones, Liam Butland, Jordan Kilby, Daniel Scourfield, Robin Stanley, Blake James. Subs: Rob Jones, Jason Kilby. Pennar Robins: Stuart James, Ross Lascelles, Luke Phillips, Gareth Lewis, Richard Hughes, Mike Powell, Phil Thompson, Jimmy Russell, Sam Soutchott, Ben Steele, Adam John. Subs: Jimmy Walker, Adam Cole, Patrick Macdonagh.

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Haverfordwest County ask fans to stay away as football returns to Bridge Meadow



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



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

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Five subs to be allowed for JD Cymru Premier clubs



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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