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New signings impress as Bluebirds beat Ammanford in friendly

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HAVERFORDWEST County continued their preparations for the new season with a 2-1 win away at Ammanford on Tuesday night (July 13).

The Bluebirds began their pre-season schedule on Friday (July 9) with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Briton Ferry and they travelled to Ammanford on the back of announcing new signing Mason Jones-Thomas.

Jones-Thomas, who progressed through the Swansea City academy before signing, went straight into Wayne Jones’ side, while at the other end Swansea legend Leon Britton made his first start for Ammanford.

There was an early error from new keeper Lee Idzi whose loose kick was pounced on by Ammanford but the shot was sent wide of the net much to Idzi’s relief.

Henry Jones was then sent through for the Bluebirds but his shot was saved by the Ammanford keeper.

On 14 minutes, Kai Whitmore was brought down inside the box and a penalty was given. Whitmore picked himself up and scored the spot kick to continue his impressive start to pre-season.

New signing Jones-Thomas then won a penalty for the Bluebirds six minutes later but Elliot Scotcher saw his spot kick pushed wide by Ammanford keeper Craig Morris.

With two minutes to go until half time the Bluebirds were level as the ball was played over the top for Jones who held the ball well before passing to Scotcher who fired in to make amends for his penalty miss.

The Bluebirds started the second half the better of the two sides with Jones seeing an early chance fly over the bar before taking the lead six minutes in.

The referee waved play on after a foul and Jones laid the ball off to Jones-Thomas who slotted the ball in for his first goal in his first start for the Bluebirds.

Both sides made rolling substitutions on what was a warm evening and it meant chances were few and far between.

With just under fifteen minutes to go Jones-Thomas was instrumental again as he found Kurtis Rees but he saw his shot saved by Morris.

Ammanford pushed forward late on as they looked for an equaliser but a dangerous looking cross was cleared for a corner.

With six minutes to go Dylan Rees was sent off after he was adjudged to have been the last man when he made a challenge on the edge of the box.

Ammanford continued to search for a second goal but it never came as the Bluebirds dealt well with whatever the home side had to throw at them.

The full time whistle was blown giving the Bluebirds their first win of pre-season in what was a good run out for both sides.

Haverfordwest County continue their pre-season schedule on July 24 when they travel to Cardiff Met.

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Haverfordwest County officials to visit Atlético Osasuna for strategic discussions

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NEXT week, Haverfordwest County A.F.C. chairman Robb Edwards and COO Beccy Nuttall will travel to Spain to visit Club Atlético Osasuna. During their visit, they will engage in high-level discussions with Osasuna’s upper management, focusing on community and fan engagement strategies.

In April, both Haverfordwest County A.F.C. and Club Atlético Osasuna were appointed to the Executive Board of the Union of European Clubs (UEC), an international organisation established in April 2023. The UEC was founded to provide a voice to the 92% of professional football clubs that often go unheard. The Union aims to democratise decision-making processes in European football, ensuring that each club has a vote and that the destiny of the sport is not determined solely by the wealthiest clubs on the continent.

“We look forward to this meeting with Osasuna and hope our collaboration with other clubs continues to grow,” said Edwards. The upcoming visit underscores the commitment of both clubs to fostering stronger ties and working collaboratively to shape the future of European football.

The discussions will likely cover a range of topics, from enhancing fan experiences to developing community outreach programmes, reflecting the shared values and objectives of both clubs within the UEC framework.

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Free multi-sports events for 5-7 year-olds in Haverfordwest

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SPORTS mad youngsters aged 5-7 and those looking to try out new sports and activities are invited to free multi-sport sessions in Haverfordwest.

The sessions run from 4.15pm to 5pm every Thursday during term time and are based on the Tennis Courts at Haverfordwest High VC School.

All sessions are free and there are a wide range of activities to try.

The sessions are run by Sport Pembrokeshire Staff and assisted by Young Ambassadors from Haverfordwest High

Local clubs also take part to run sessions and provide information on how to continue with any sport.

Parents/Carers who would like to sign children up for the session are required to complete the online form.

Dan Bellis of Sport Pembrokeshire, said: “It is great to see so many young people enjoying Sport and being physically active.

“The multi-sport sessions are great as they allow youngsters to try out so many different games and activities which really helps them to learn and develop.”

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Bike It 100: Kilgetty gears up for charity cycling event

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CYCLISTS from across the country are gearing up for the Kilgetty Bike It 100, a charity non-competitive cycling sportive set to take place on Sunday, 28th July 2024. Organised to support the Paul Sartori Foundation and Haverfordwest High School’s South Africa Rugby Tour 2025, the event promises a fun, friendly, and challenging day on the bike.

Participants can choose from three scenic routes of varying difficulty: 50.5 miles with an elevation of 3,400 feet, 77.8 miles with an elevation of 5,284 feet, and the full century route at 101.7 miles, climbing a total of 7,428 feet. Each route is meticulously planned with GPS guidance, direction markers, and designated water stops to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride.

Early bird entries are priced at £35 and are available until 31st May. Post this date, if slots remain, the entry fee will increase to £45. All participants will receive a commemorative Welsh slate medal upon completion. In addition to the ride, the event features organised outdoor BBQs, coffee stops, and well-earned drinks available for purchase at the finish, courtesy of Kilgetty Sports & Social Club.

The sportive has been a tremendous success in previous years, raising £12,000 in 2021 and 2023. Organisers hope to exceed this amount in 2024, bolstered by the community’s continued support and enthusiasm.

For more details and to register, participants can visit the British Cycling website or scan the QR code on the event poster. Queries can also be directed to [email protected].

Join us for a day of cycling through the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside, all while supporting two fantastic causes. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to ride, enjoy, and make a difference. Secure your spot today!

For more information, visit British Cycling Event Details.

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