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Rooks ready for Grave semi

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CAREW take on Giants Grave tonight (Mar 27) with the Rooks looking to go one better than last season when they were beaten by eventual winners Goodwick United in the semi-final.

Their game will take place at the home of Garden Village in Swansea but assistant manager Jeremy Griffiths says the side are not fazed by having to travel there and that they are ‘looking forward to it’.

A few of Carew’s players have already played at Garden Village for the County side but for a number of the players it will be a new experience.

Carew played Giants Grave in the quarter finals last season and earned a 5-2 win but conditions are likely to be a bit different this time around.

Opponents Giants Grave play their football in the Neath Premier Division and are currently sitting ten points off the leaders with three games in hand.

They have nine wins from their 12 games so far this season and only have one defeat on their record.

Giants Grave were beaten finalists in the 2012-13 season when they lost to Dafen Welfare and that remains their only final appearance to date.

Carew have reached the semi-final for the second successive season after last reaching the final in the 70s and they will be looking to make it an all Pembrokeshire League final.

Route to the final

Having reached the last four last season, Carew received a bye for the first round and began their run to the semis in round 2 where they were drawn away to Burry Port.

Two goals each from Jordan Richards and Scott Ferney and another from Lloyd Hughes saw them to a 5-2 win over the Carmarthenshire League Division 1 side.

In round three the Rooks took on Loughor Rovers and eased to an 8-0 win with Hughes scoring four and Jordan Richards scoring a hat trick. Ferney grabbed the other goal.

Shaun Whitfield, Sam Christopher, Scott Ferney and Jordan Richards each scored in round four to earn a 4-0 win for the Rooks away at Maltsters Sports.

In the last eight, Carew played Mumbles Rangers at home and they came from two goals down to win 3-2 with brothers Sam and Jack Christopher on the score sheet alongside Whitfield.

Jordan Richards and Scott Ferney have been in good form in the Cup and the pair will be looking to bring the Giants down.

Giants Grave began their Cup campaign away at Llangennech and needed extra time before earning a 2-1 win.

In the second round they beat Carmarthen Stars 3-1 at home thanks to goals from Richard Barnes, Dean Evans and Ross Hudson. They then beat Trallwm by the same scoreline three days before Christmas.

The Carmarthenshire sides kept coming for Giants Grave as they played Bwlch Rangers in Round 4 but Grave earned a 3-0 win.

They then beat fellow Neath Premier Division side Bryncoch 2-1 in the quarter finals to reach the last four.

What they say

The Herald spoke to members of the Carew team ahead of the game to find out how they were feeling.

Carew’s Assistant Jeremy Griffiths added that it ‘will be nice to go somewhere different’ having already played on the Bridge Meadow recently in the Senior Cup Semi-final and added that it would be excellent if they got to the final.

He said: “We played Giants Grave in the quarter finals last season and beat them 5-2 at our place but we are expecting it to be a lot tougher this time.”

Giants Grave tweeted that they have two coaches booked for their game and that they were ‘looking forward to playing Carew once again’.

The final will take place at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea on Tuesday, May 7.

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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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