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Vikings hit back to beat Milford

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HAKIN United had to come from behind in their first game of the season as they earned a 2-1 win over Milford United on Tuesday (Aug 21).

It was a close first half with neither side able to break the deadlock early on.

Shane Walsh came close to scoring shortly before the break but he shot over while Mark Jones also saw a long range effort saved by Milford keeper Lewis Roberts.

Then on the stroke of half time, the ball was played just ahead of Lewis Tee but Hakin keeper James Manson came out to clear the ball, only to kick it onto a combination of Tee and Jones with the ball bouncing into the net to give Milford the lead.

That lead did not last long however, as early in the second half Hakin piled on the pressure and just three minutes they equalised.

Jones picked up the ball on the edge of the box and he played the ball along to Daniel Armstrong who set up Cameron Thomas who shot high into the top left hand corner of the net.

Walsh then hit the side netting before Hakin had a goal disallowed. Jones again proved too hot to handle and he ran into the box before setting up Harding to score but he was ruled to be offside and the score stayed at 1-1.

Louis Thompson then played an excellent ball over the Milford defence for Thomas but his shot rebounded back off the post.

Adam John then saw a shot cleared off the line by Scott Griffiths before his cross almost went in with Milford keeper Roberts having to be alert to stop it crossing the line.

The Vikings finally took the lead as Justin Harding squared the ball in the box for John who shot low under the keeper to make it 2-1.

Walsh again came close with his shot being blocked as Hakin continued to search for more goals.

They could not add to the score but they saw the game out to seal a winning start to the new season.

Hakin are next in action on Tuesday (Aug 28) when they travel to Herbrandston while Milford United will look to pick up their first win as they host Pennar Robins at Marble Hall.

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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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