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THE HERALD FRIDAY OCTOBER 7 2016


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Aber dumped out of cup


Haverfordwest County Aberystwyth Town


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HISTORY repeated itself


last night at the Conygar Bridge Meadow as Haverfordwest County put injury ravaged Aber Town out of the Nathaniel MG Cup at the second round stage for the second season running. On a disappointing night for the Black and Greens, Jamie Evans’


long range effort was the difference between the sides. The Seasiders started the game


with Chris Mullock, Ricky Watts, Geoff Kellaway, Luke Sherbon and Kurtis March all missing from the squad due to injury or unavailability. However, early signs were


promising with both sides showing attacking intent. For County, Steff Williams forced a save out of Dom Richards, then went close again soon


after while, at the other end, onetime Bluebird Greg Walters warmed James Gwilt’s gloves with a tester from 30 yards. Rhys Dalling went wide again


for the hosts but then, in the 22nd minute, came the decisive moment, when Evans’ speculative effort bounced in front of Richards and squirmed into the net. Blake Davies fired over in response and a number of decent


balls were delivered into the box by the likes of Luke Borrelli and Joe Clarke, but to no avail. The livewire Williams again


threatened down the left before bringing a save out of Richards, and Aber’s onetime wunderkind Rhydian Davies, now playing for County, saw his free kick blocked by the visitors wall.


After a poor half from Aber, the


hosts were good value for their lead at the break. After the break, the visitors


did up it for a while with Borrelli bringing a good save from Gwilt, but in open play it was just not happening for Town, and a double substitution on 56 minutes showed what Manager Matthew Bishop felt about proceedings. Sub Chris Jones sent a long


range volley over the bar soon after coming on and, with Haverfordwest sitting back on their lead, the scene


was set for Aber to bring themselves back in. Sam Rodon sent a shot over the


bar from close range but chances were few and far between and when Borrelli hobbled off on 87 minutes, hope was on the wane. Jones had two more goalbound


efforts saved but, in truth, an equaliser would have been something of an injustice after a very disappointing performance from the Black and Greens, and Haverfordwest fully deserved their place in the Nathaniel MG Cup Quarter Finals. Town’s Players will have to play


much better to get anything out of their next game in the Dafabet Welsh Premier League at home to Rhyl. A huge and curious crowd is


expected to attend the game which coincides with the opening of the new 3G Facility at Park Avenue next Friday (Oct 14), kicking off at 7.45pm.


Wales Rugby League returns to S4C WALES RUGBY LEAGUE


are delighted to announce that their first World Cup qualifying match, which is against Serbia at Parc Stebonheath in Llanelli on Saturday, October 15, is to be shown live on S4C. It is the first time that the Welsh


Dumped out: Blake Davies fired over for Aber as they failed to find the net Welsh Olympians and Paralympians congratulated


WELSH Olympians and Paralympians performed a remarkable achievement in the Rio Games, Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Sport and Tourism, Neil McEvoy, has said. Neil McEvoy will join the


celebration on the steps of the Senedd, and has offered his congratulations to the athletes. Welsh athletes won 10 medals


in the Rio Olympic Games in 2016, surpassing the seven collected by Welsh athletes at London 2012, and won seven medals in the Paralympic Games. Neil McEvoy said


that the challenge was to ensure the legacy to their successes, by allowing children and adults alike to pursue sports and activities. Neil McEvoy said: “Welsh athletes


had a hugely successful summer in Rio, and fans at home had a brilliant summer of sport to follow. “My heartfelt congratulations


go to the athletes who, after many years of hard work and commitment, performed a remarkable achievement. Every one of our athletes put on an inspiring performance. “Their success shows that Wales holds its own on


the world stage. Our challenge now is to ensure a legacy to their success. As politicians, we must ensure that the young people who are inspired by the success of their heroes in Rio can now go on and make their own history. “That means ensuring that there are


enough opportunities for young people to take up sport, by making playing fields and open spaces available in the community. Sadly, many children are simply priced out of using local sports facilities and that must change. We need more investment, and a strategic regional approach to sport provision. “And I want to see Wales host more large events, like the Commonwealth Games and the Tour de France. Plaid Cymru recognises the importance of these big events to the economy and to our social well-being. We should show ambition. “We are a nation of


winners and so we need to go and win these bids for more for major international sporting events to see Welsh athletes compete on the world stage home and away.”


language broadcaster has shown live Rugby League since 2008 and the first time that the Welsh national side has featured live on the station since the 1995 World Cup. Match kick-off will be at 3pm,


with S4C coverage starting at 2.45pm. The match TV coverage will


be available in both the Welsh and English languages throughout the UK. Live English-language commentary will be available on the red button service. Wales, who won the European


Championships last year after beating France, Scotland and Ireland, need to overcome a three- team group this autumn. They travel to Monza to take on


Italy a fortnight later on Saturday, October 29, in their only other group game. The winner of this group


goes straight through to the 2017 Rugby League World Cup finals in Australia and Papua New Guinea, with the runners up taking on the second place side from the group involving Ireland, Spain and Russia, in a play-off at the ground of newly promoted Super League club, Leigh Centurions, on November 4. Wales’ head coach, John Kear,


who is also a regular TV pundit, is delighted that S4C have chosen to broadcast this massive game and expresses the importance of having


the Rugby League World Cup on television. “This is tremendous news,” he


said. “S4C showed highlights of our European Championship winning campaign and the fact that they’ve now chosen to show our World Cup game against Serbia live and free to air is testimony to the improved performances of the squad and awareness of the game. “We need to ensure that we play


well and I do know from last year that if we play well, we will win. “S4C’s broadcast will bring a new


audience to the game and we want the television public to enjoy it. We now need to ensure that the ground is full to add to the atmosphere and then nail that result.” S4C’s Sports Editor, Sue Butler,


said: “We’re very pleased to include live coverage of this Rugby League World Cup match as part of our sports portfolio. We wish them the very best of luck as they represent Wales on an international stage and look forward to providing this exclusively live broadcast.” Tickets for Wales v Serbia,


priced from the very affordable £10 for adults, £8 concessions and £5 for children, can be bought by going to www.walesrugbyleague.co.uk/ wales/match_tickets. Please note that the original kick off time was 6pm. S4C is available on a range of


TV and online platforms across the UK. In Wales on Freeview 4, Sky 104, Freesat 104 and Virgin 166, and across the UK on Sky 134, Freesat 120, Virgin 166. There is also live and on demand online on s4c.cymru as well as BBC iPlayer, YouView and other platforms.


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