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Rooks win relegation six-pointer

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Ashley Smith: Running at Herbrandston (Pic Brian McKehon)

Ashley Smith: Running at Herbrandston (Pic Brian McKehon)

AFTER Carew had lost in midweek to fellow strugglers Milford United, the match at the recreation ground between the Rooks and bottom two side Herbrandston took on added significance, in what was a true ‘relegation six-pointer’.

A win for Herbrandston would’ve put them two points behind their hosts with a game in hand, as it was the Carew victory leaves Herbrandson eight points adrift and needing to win all their remaining fixtures, whilst hoping Carew lose both of theirs.

It was a fully deserved victory for the hosts who dominated every facet of play from the first to the last, with the visitors only looking like scoring from a set-piece or a mistake from the home side. As it was they did level briefly before the break from an innocuous penalty, but ultimately Carew had too much to triumph in the end.

The game started at a frantic pace as both sides looked to get the early goal, and Carew will have felt they should’ve been two goals to the good in the first five minutes as striker Dean Morris spurned two glorious one-on-one opportunities as Martin Langdon spread himself well in the visiting goal.

The first half was played mainly in the Herbrandston half, and when Carew were awarded a free kick on the left touchline, they made the most of it and got the breakthrough. Alex Bayley whipped in a delightful ball, which was attacked by left-winger Corey Hill who glanced a header high into the net.

It looked as though the hosts would go in at the break with the lead, however a long ball forward from the back was allowed to bounce by the Carew back four, and Shane Walsh latched onto the loose ball, when he over hit his touch he and Shaun Whitfield came together in a shoulder to shoulder which left both on the ground. Referee James Olyott deemed it enough to award a spot kick, and Walsh dusted himself down to dispatch under the despairing Dan James.

This would’ve dented Carew’s confidence in previous weeks, but they emerged for the second half in the same manner as they did the first, and although Morris missed another couple of great chances and Langdon pulled off some great saves, they did manage to retake the lead through Ashley Smith.

When the ball wasn’t cleared from a corner kick, the ball dropped for the striker on the edge of the box and his first time left-footed volley flew into the net to spark wild celebrations.

One more point will ensure Carew play in Division One next year, but with Herbrandston having favourable fixtures on the run-in this battle is still far from over.

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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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