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Mariners hold off Kidwelly

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Milford Haven 41-26 Kidwelly

MILFORD Haven held off a spirited fightback from Kidwelly on Saturday (Sept 28) as they earned a bonus point win.

The Mariners led 24-5 at the break and after increasing their lead early in the second Kidwelly hit back to within ten points of their opponents.

However, the home side saw the game out with their sixth try to seal the win.

Lee Riley was the first to go over for the Mariners and James Trueman added the extras for a 7-0 lead.

Dan Jenkins then got his name on the score sheet and Trueman again converted to double Milford’s advantage.

Trueman then added a penalty and the home side kept the pressure to score their third try of the match.

George Evans passed to Gareth Cheshire who was tackled but still managed to get the offload to Dan Birch who touched the ball down.

Trueman added the conversion to make it 24-0 but Kidwelly hit back before half time.

After some good play they worked the ball out to the right where James Owens picked the ball up and dived over to touch the ball down despite the best efforts of Dan Jenkins.

Kidwelly thought they had converted but the ball just went over the angle of the post and the score remained at 24-5.

Early in the second half the Mariners got the bonus point they were looking for when Jenkins grabbed his second try of the game.

Riley then claimed his second and Trueman added the extras to extend Milford’s lead to 36-5.

Kidwelly then hit back when Rhydian Davies scored a try and then also added the extras.

They then had Jonathan Williams sent off for a dangerous tackle but despite that they scored their third try when Alan Squire went over. Davies added the extras to bring the score to 36-19.

Sam Davies then sealed a bonus point for the Carmarthenshire side with their fourth try and Davies converted to bring his side within ten points.

Milford made sure of the win however as Ryan Mansell dived over late on and although the conversion was missed the home side had done enough.

On Saturday (Oct 5), Milford are at home again as they take on Tycroes. Kidwelly will look to bounce back when they take on Carmarthen Athletic.

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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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