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Williams brace helps Robins to comeback victory over Bluebirds

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HAVERFORDWEST County ended up on the wrong end of a 3-2 scoreline for the second time in a week as Newtown came from behind to beat the Bluebirds at the Ogi Bridge Meadow.

Dylan Rees’ excellent strike – his first goal for the club – gave County a 1-0 lead before Louis Robles’ header levelled matters, however Jack Wilson’s goal in first-half stoppage time meant Tony Pennock’s side led at the interval.

Things did not go the Bluebirds’ way after the break, though, as a brace from Aaron Williams helped the visitors to turn the game around and take all three points.

Manager Pennock selected the same starting 11 from the game against Penybont earlier in the week, with the returning Lee Idzi – who completed a return to the club this week – taking his place on the bench, along with Ricky Watts, who missed the game in Bridgend through injury.

In testing conditions, the hosts started well and had the first opportunity of the game when Rees glanced a header wide from Jamie Veale’s corner.

After fouls on striker Ben Fawcett had earned Ryan Sears and George Hughes a yellow card apiece, Pennock’s side took the lead after a quarter of an hour when a headed clearance fell into the path of Rees, and he showed excellent technique to unleash a first-time volley which flew into the bottom left corner past the helpless Dave Jones.

This goal gave the Bluebirds a confidence boost, and they could well have doubled their advantage seven minutes later when Jordan Davies got to the byline and squared to Rhys Abbruzzese, but the full-back’s first-time effort whistled over the crossbar.

Chris Hughes’ side began to grow into the game as the half wore on, and they found an equalising goal when Nick Rushton’s cross into the area picked out the unmarked Robles who headed home to make it all square.

The momentum had swung the way of the Robins following the goal, and they could have taken the lead as Hughes’ ball into the area was deflected on to left post by the outstretched leg of Lee Jenkins, with Zeli Ismail shooting just wide shortly after.

It appeared that the teams were going to head into the break level, but, just as they had done last weekend against Airbus UK Broughton, the Bluebirds struck in first-half stoppage time when Ryan George crossed to Fawcett, and he swept the ball into the path of Wilson who prodded home from close range to give County a 2-1 half-time lead.

With the momentum shifting again after Wilson’s second league goal of the season, Pennock’s side came close to doubling their advantage two minutes into the second-half, but midfielder Jamie Veale lost his footing on the wet turf as he prepared to direct Wilson’s cross on goal.

Jordan Davies then got a shot away from a tight angle which forced a save from Jones as Haverfordwest County searched for a third goal.

Newtown remained in the contest though, and shortly after the hour mark they equalised for a second time when Williams produced an acrobatic effort from inside the area to set up a grandstand final 30 minutes or so.

Both teams had opportunities to swing the match their way after this, with Rushton’s snapshot from inside the area saved by Zac Jones, before Jordan Davies’ shot from a similar angle was saved at the near post by Jones.

However, with just over five minutes left on the clock, the decisive moment went the way of last season’s third place finishers when Hughes’ shot rolled into the path of Williams, and the forward reacted to divert it home and hand the Robins all three points.

The Bluebirds are next in action on Saturday, September 10 when we travel to Park Hall to take on reigning champions The New Saints.

The game kicks off at 5.15pm, and will be shown live on Sgorio via their digital platforms on Facebook and YouTube.

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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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