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Rooks through to West Wales Cup semis after late winner

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CAREW came from two goals down on Saturday (Mar 2) as they beat Mumbles Rangers 3-2 to reach the semi-final of the West Wales Cup for the second year running.

Carew played against the strong wind in the first half and Mumbles dominated the early stages.

The Rangers tested the Rooks with a series of long throws and they had the first chance of the game when Sam Alchurch saw a shot saved and the rebound was also claimed by the Carew keeper.

Tom Harris then came close for the Swansea League Division 1 side but his shot was blocked by a combination of keeper and defender.

Harris then sent a shot over before Jordan Richards saw his effort blocked over the bar for the home side.

Mumbles were piling on the pressure and saw Alex Smith hit the bar before Joe Inman also struck the woodwork with a fierce strike.

Inman was then brought down in the box and the referee gave a penalty which Inman stepped up to take and he sent the keeper the wrong way to put his side ahead midway through the half.

Five minutes later they scored again from a long ball forward which beat the defence and keeper.

Carew then battled back into the game and against the wind and they got a goal back when Jack Christopher headed home from a Shaun Whitfield long throw.

Carew were level just before half time when Sam Christopher slotted in a rebound from a powerful Scott Ferney shot.

The second half was scrappy and Carew hit the crossbar twice from a powerful Jordan Richards free kick and a powerful Sam Christopher strike.

Mumbles then got reduced to 10 men with five minutes left and then to nine a minute later as both players received their second yellows.

Then with a minute left Shaun Whitfield smashed home from just outside the box to put Carew into the last four.

It was an excellent win for the Rooks and they will now look forward to their semi-final tie.

Before that they will return to league action on Saturday (Mar 9) as they travel to Goodwick United.

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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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