BY ROBERT NISBET
This performance didn’t quite have the swagger and the style of the two previous wins but the Bluebirds did a very professional job to score a first half goal, weather a strong Ferry comeback after half-time and then to clinch the win clinically with two good late goals.
The first half-hour was a tight, tense affair, with the ball skidding off the pitch quickly and both sides tending to over-hit their passes. The game had something of the quality of a long-ball contest. But one very good long ball from Elliot Scotcher reached Lee Trundle, whose curling cross shot was just turned away for a corner. Five minutes later a peach of a pass from Trundle left the Ferry defence stranded and Danny Williams’ effort was just scrambled away by ex-Bluebird Conah McFenton.
Ferry also menaced in attack with striker Gavin Jones dangerous and their roaming winger Steve Hughes twice just failing to convert. But in the 39th minute Trundle laid another fine ball in the path of the quicksilver WILLIAMS, who cracked in emphatically. Ferry might have equalised just a minute later when Jones’ header seemed destined for the roof of the net, only for Steve Hall to pull off a superb aerial save.
After a close first half, the Blues might just have deserved their single-goal lead, but the twenty minutes after the break saw Ferry right back in serious contention. With full back Sam Baker coming up on the overlap and with Jones and Hughes still probing, the Blues soaked up some punishment but in the end it was another three superb saves from Hall which sent them into the last fifteen minutes still in the lead.
What seemed to prompt a turning of the tide was a brace of substitutions by manager Sam Cresser. Jack Wilson replaced the hard-working Ben Fawcett, to give the Blues a fresh pair of attacking legs, a clever pair of feet and a cool head. Then Sean Pemberton came on to cover the area in front of the back four and to enable Scotcher to push forward.
The Bluebirds now started to spring the Ferry offside trap. A fine move started by Leon Luby put Wilson in to send a shot whistling just wide and then, in the 80th minute, Wilson, Trundle and Williams were clear in a cluster of three, and slipped the ball across the line for WILLIAMS to drive in for his second.
In the last ten minutes Williams was roaming dangerously with a hat-trick-hungry look about him, and Trundle was twice blocked out before he could get his shot in. Then, in the 87th minute, Trundle went clear on the right again and slipped over a neat cross for SCOTCHER to drive in.
Next Saturday, the Blues are at home to Bridgend Street in the 2nd round of the Nathaniel MG Cars League Cup kick off 2.00.
Haverfordwest: Steve Hall; Leon Luby; Antonio Facciuto; Alaric Jones; Tim Hicks; Ricky Watts; Danny Williams (Martyn Carroll, 87); Elliot Scotcher; Ben Fawcett (Jack Wilson, 65); Lee Trundle; Elliot Thomas (Sean Pemberton, 75). Subs not used: Tom Dyson, Ashley Bevan.