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Pembrokeshire claim SB Williams Cup

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THE Pembrokeshire League retained the SB Williams Cup on Tuesday night (Nov 20) as they beat the Carmarthenshire League 4-1.

The game was played at Stebonheath Park in Llanelli and the visitors knew a win would see them retain the trophy and that a loss would have seen the trophy go to the Swansea League.

Manager Nigel Delaney named a strong team for the game but it was the Carmarthenshire League who made the brighter start and they went ahead when Sam Wilson’s shot deceived Pembrokeshire keeper James Gwilt.

However, the Pembrokeshire League equalised soon after when Nicky Woodrow scored, firing a shot into the bottom corner after some good build up.

Photo by Darren Harries

Both sides had chances to go ahead but shortly before half time Pembrokeshire were awarded a penalty.

Jordan Griffiths was brought down in the box and Justin Harding stepped up to put his side into a 2-1 lead.

The Pembrokeshire side led 2-1 at the break but knew they would face an early onslaught from their opponents in the second half.

They were able to weather the storm and came close to scoring again before they grabbed their third goal of the game.

Luke Hayward’s free kick found Jordan Griffiths who headed past the Carmarthenshire keeper for a 3-1 lead.

Pembrokeshire continued to press and they made the game all but safe when Harding slotted another penalty home to make it 4-1.

There was still time for them to be awarded a third penalty but this time Harding was unable to complete his hat trick, smashing the ball against the bar.

It mattered little as the referee soon brought the game to a close and Pembrokeshire celebrated retaining the trophy.

After the match, Manager Nigel Delaney told the Herald: “It was a great 4-1 win as the players did as we set them up to do. We played some great football in all games. To throw 20 boys together and perform how they have is a gratitude to themselves. They are an outstanding group of boys and a pleasure for me and sully to work with!”

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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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