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Hakin United manager Justin Harding praises Vikings’ character



ANOTHER last gasp goal for the Vikings kept the title chase as close as it could possibly be. Hakin now sit top of the league, with Goodwick a single point behind but with a game in hand. It promises to be another exciting title race between the old rivals. We sat down and caught up with Hakin United manager Justin Harding, who has stepped up this season and is doing a great job at the helm.

Herald Another late goal yesterday to secure the three points, I’m guessing your teams increasing ability to battle to the final second is pleasing? 

Justin Another late goal I think shows the character of the boys within the squad. Their never say die attitude paid off in the end and I cannot fault their desire to win down to the final whistle. Only criticism is we need to start taking chances early on for us to relax a little and take the pressure off the back four & goal keeper.

Herald It looks to be a two horse race this season for the league, is the league your priority this season? 

Justin In my eyes, the league is always your bread and butter. You always have to strive to try and win the league most years. Sometimes that isn’t always the case, but it has to be any teams priority.

Herald A disappointing result for you in the senior cup, what have you learnt from that as a group? 

Justin Very disappointing. It’s a disappointing result but credit to Clarbeston Road on the day, they booked their spot in the next round, so we wish them best of luck. It hurts to lose a game of football when being involved in such a successful club, but we’ve stuck together and dug deep to keep moving forward.

Herald Would it be fair to describe Hakin as being in a bit of a transition period currently? Considering the changes you seem to have managed it very well. 

Justin A lot of people around the county wrote us off from the very outset even before any ball was kicked, when hearing about Scott davies and Anthony Mayhew stepping down after a successful spell, along with the loss of a few key players and myself taking the reins at such a young age. We’ve all stuck together, trained hard, our senior players have been great and we’ve integrated a lot of under sixteens into senior football who have hit the ground running and held their own in the second division. The committee and club as a whole are right behind us in what we do and I’ve got every confidence in those involved that going forward the success will remain high over the coming years.

Herald Who would you identify as your stand out players this season so far?

Justin I don’t like to pin point any individuals because everyone involved since I’ve taken over have been brilliant, hit the ground running and worked so hard in pre-season, whilst still continuing to work hard. However Jay Power and Jake Merry they have been superb as our two central defenders. A partnership that’ll play at our club for another 10 ormore years after both coming through the junior ranks together. They have performed fantastically as a pair and at the age of 22/23 respectively will be the future captains at Hakin United Football Club.


Haverfordwest County officials to visit Atlético Osasuna for strategic discussions



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



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



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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