Vikings finally receive their just reward by Fraser Watson

Division 1 champions for 2019-20 season are Hakin United


It’s been almost 15 months since Hakin United were declared the Division One champions – but on Saturday they finally got their hands on the silverware at The Obs. 

The Vikings were top of the table when the 2019/20 season was curtailed by the Covid-19 pandemic, and later confirmed champions via points per game average. 

Hakin manager Scott Davies (centre) with assistants Leigh Broome (right) and Anthony Mayhew (left)However, restrictions meant that a trophy presentation at the time wasn’t feasible so on the weekend Ceri Morgan, of the Pembrokeshire Football League, travelled to Hakin to present the players with their medals and the league trophy. 

Manager Scott Davies admitted it was a strange feeling, especially given his side had their scheduled friendly for that afternoon called off after two different sides withdrew from traveling down during the week. 

“To arrive at the ground with no game to play and then go out in our kit for the photos wasn’t quite the same,” he said. 

First step back to normality

“But then just to be able to do that felt like a step towards normality. And it did no harm just to enjoy the moment and I’m sure other teams would have done the same. 

“Once they decided there was going to be a league winner then someone had to be declared champions and that was us - so we’ll accept it.” 

Hakin’s attention now turns back to on-field action though. They face St Clears in a friendly tonight (Tuesday) before a trip to Cwmamman United on Saturday in round two of the FAW Trophy. 

“They're a Welsh League side so are obviously a tidy outfit but it’s crucial we go up there and try to win,” said Davies. 

“A good performance will give us momentum to push into the league season.” 

The Pembrokeshire Football league campaign gets underway in September.