Sunday the 18th October saw the bluebirds WPL Development side travel to Cardiff Metropolitan University for what looked a very tough fixture and so it proved. If anything though the side were disappointed to come away with a draw after taking the lead with 5 minutes to play.
Cardiff Met took an early lead on 8 minutes after some good work down their left and after former Bluebird Gwion Howell had a header which hit the post, the Cardiff Met winger was there to smash home the rebound. This wasn't the start the Bluebirds wanted but it forced them to adopt a different approach and to their credit just 2 minutes later Alfie Stottor forced his way into the box and gained his side a penalty which Mohannad Romman scored sending former bluebirds keeper Dan Evans the wrong way. The Met had the better of exchanges before half time as they struck a post twice and poor decision making in the final third meant that the Bluebirds created only half chances.
Half Time 1-1
The second half continued as the first had ended with the Bluebirds surrendering possession and looking to counter. Met went close on 54 minutes as once again the post saved Haverfordwest from going 2-1 down. Though on 73 minutes Howells intelligent movement created space and he sprung the offside trap to beat Scammell from 8 yards with a cool finish. For the second time the Bluebirds bounced straight back and from a direct ball from Fraser James, Alfie Stotter laid the ball off to Ben Aldred who smashed an unstoppable 25 yard drive into the roof of the net to make it 2-2. Manager Steve Batty then took off Miller who had worked tirelessly, introduced fresh pace in Sean O'Neill and changed formation once again. His plan looked to have worked because O'Neills pace was stretching the Met Centre Backs as both sides pushed for a winner. Good work from O'Neill to get in behind with support from Bevan saw him cross to the far post for Fetini to give Bluebirds a surprise lead with just 5 minutes to go. On 89 mins though, Howell grabbed his second after once again finding space in the box.
Full Time 3-3
Academy Director Steve Batty said " I thought our lads were magnificent, they gave everything and were disappointed not to have not snatched it. The Cardiff Metropolitan set up is such that the players train in what is the equivalent of a Semi Professional environment so I think its credit to our lads that they produce results like this".
Batty also had special praise for his former players "It was great to see Dan Evans, Gwion Howell and former Skipper Joe Brill all taking part in the game, albeit on the opposing side and it felt strange to be facing them. Its great to see that they seem to have settled in to new surroundings so quickly and we wish them well in their future time at University"