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Late drama as Pembs snatch win



Pembrokeshire 3

Carmarthenshire 2

Assist: Jonny Horgan crosses for Leahy to put Pembs ahead

Assist: Jonny Horgan crosses for Leahy to put Pembs ahead

MERLINS BRIDGE’S Chris Ormond scored a late winner for Pembrokeshire against Carmarthenshire on Wednesday night (Oct 26) as they won 3-2 in the S B Williams Trophy.

It had looked as if Carmarthen had snatched a late draw when Rob Jones scored to make it 2-2, but Ormond had other ideas.

Both sides had chances in the early stages and with only 40 seconds on the clock, Carmarthen’s Rob Jones headed wide.

Bridge strike Joe Leahy also came close before Jonny Horgan shot wide after a cross from Nathan Greene.

With only six minutes gone, it was Carmarthen who took the lead when Daniel Hurford’s cross was bundled in by Rob Jones.

Pembs came close to equalising almost straight away but Ashley Williams’ shot flew wide from the edge of the box.

Hakin’s Adam John then sent a corner into the box which caused panic amongst the Carmarthen defence as one of their players sliced the ball onto his own cross bar before the ball was scrambled away.

Jones came close to adding his second for the visitors but he was inches away from connecting on a cross which the Pembs keeper missed and the ball flew wide.

Hurford then sent another cross in for Jones at the back post but his header was well saved by Bridge keeper Gary Thomas.

With eight minutes to go until half time, Pembrokeshire finally drew themselves level as Goodwick’s Scott Delaney headed in from Adam John’s corner.

Nathan Logan almost put Carmarthen back in the lead but his acrobatic effort flew just over the crossbar.

Joe Leahy came close to putting Pembs ahead shortly before the break but his header, which was going in, was well saved by the Carmarthen keeper.

Pembrokeshire went 2-1 ahead early in the second half as Jonny Horgan crossed from the left to the back post where Leahy was waiting to head the ball in.

Nathan Greene then came close as his shot hit the side netting but moments later he was forced off with an injury and any spell on the sidelines for him will be a blow to the Dragons.

With 15 minutes to go, Horgan was sent through but he dwelled on the ball too long when he could have crossed and Carmarthen were able to clear the danger.

Adam John then sent a cross into the box for sub Scott Crawford, but he sent his header wide.

They were made to pay for those misses as with a minute of the 90 left, Carmarthen equalised when Rob Jones headed in from Sean Rogers’ cross.

Crawford then sent an inviting cross into the danger zone but no one was on the end of it and the ball was cleared.

With four minutes of injury time played, Pembs were awarded a free kick which Luke Heyward took and after the ball wasn’t cleared, Chris Ormond stabbed home to give them a 3-2 lead.

Carmarthen’s Mike Yates was then sent off in the aftermath of the goal as he felt there should have been an offside call but his bad language earned him a second yellow.

Pembrokeshire held on for an excellent win in what was a thrilling game.

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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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