2018/19 - 2018/19
Conygar Bridge Meadow
24 Nov, 2018 - 2:30:00 PM
Match Score : 2-3
Welsh League, Division One HAVERFORDWEST COUNTY .. 2 CWMAMMAN UNITED .. 3 By ROBERT NISBET
Most defeats are disappointing but this one was particularly so because the Bluebirds will be left reflecting that, with a little more composure and maybe with a few more of the breaks, this was a game they could have won.
There was always a contrast between the Bluebirds’ measured passing football, of which we saw plenty, and the visitors’ full-tilt counter-attacking. The match stats tell the story of far more Bluebirds’ shots on goal, but a good counter-attacking team will be ready to exploit mistakes and will never give up, and this was what happened here. So all credit to Cwmamman for a full-hearted performance and for real skill at the crucial moments.
The Blues opened the scoring in the 14th minute when BEN FAWCETT, weaving down the left, drifted inside and from an unpromising position sent in a shot which ex-Bluebirds keeper Chris Curtis fumbled badly and which slipped behind him into the net.
Just two minutes later Alaric Jones was adjudged to have fouled a Cwm attacker, it was ruled that the tackle was inside the area and another ex-Bluebird, RYAN THOMAS, was able to drive in the spot kick.
For over five minutes after that equaliser, Cwmamnan were really fired up and the Blues had to fend them off desperately. When attackers are really belting forward, the slightest mis-timing, the slightest touch, can send a forward player flying, and defenders need to be very wary in the tackle.
But the Blues weathered this difficult spell and were starting to put together the moves again, before going ahead for the second time, in the 37th minute. This was the only goal of the afternoon where defensive error was not a factor (although maybe Cwm would argue that slack marking in their defence contributed). Either way, Elliot Scotcher swung over a beautiful corner and the header from SEAN PEMBERTON went in like a bullet.
Within a minute, Cwm had equalised again. This time a ball was given away in midfield, and RYAN HURLOW had space to get through to slip the ball past Steve Hall.
Again, the Blues had the better of the second half without really dominating or threatening to clinch matters. There were several shots on goal but the one real threat came from a fine Scotcher free kick which crashed back off the bar. A very welcome return for sub Steff Williams brightened things up and it looked as if the Blues might well squeeze out a winning goal.
A real blow came with the sending-off of Ricky Watts in the 70th minute after a second challenge of his had been deemed worthy of yellow. Now the issue was really in the balance with Cwm looking at times as if they might be half-inclined to settle for the draw, but the Bluebirds were starting to find the lack of the extra man up front proving a real barrier to creative attacking. And finally, not altogether unpredictably, another loose ball in the 93rd minute played the visitors in and ex-Bluebird THOMAS scored his second of the afternoon.
The Bluebirds’ next game is away to Taff’s Well on Saturday next, 1st December.
Haverfordwest: Steve Hall; Ricky Watts; Leon Luby; Sean Pemberton; Alaric Jones; Tom Dyson; Ben Fawcett; Elliot Scotcher; Ashley Bevan (Tim Hicks, 71); Elliot Thomas; Jack Wilson (Steff Williams, 55).