JD Cymru Premier
Saturday 11th March
Aberystwyth Town 0 Haverfordwest County 1
In a tight, tight game at Park Avenue yesterday Haverfordwest got the break they needed to beat Aber Town 1-0, with Ioan Evans’ 51st minute strike enough to seal the deal. Aber created some great chances to equalise but County saw the game out on a disappointing afternoon for those of a Black and Green persuasion.
A wintry rainstorm prior to kick off did not deter the Park Avenue faithful, and the game started with both sides playing a cagey game, with chances few and far between. Matthew Turner in Aber’s goal did well to turn Jordan Davies’ low effort just round the post, but Aber defended well to repel a series of corners and long throws, with Louis Bradford in particular putting in some great challenges to keep County at bay. A free kick from Harry Arnsion drifted wide in Aber’s first effort, and then returning Leigh Jenkins, recently selected for the Wales C Squad, glanced a header past Matthew Turner’s post. Liam Walsh sent in a testing right wing cross which evaded everyone, and though Aber were working really hard to press the ball, they were finding it hard to create opportunities as County pressed hard in return. Billy Kirkman sent another free kick past the post, Jenkins headed wide at the other end again and then in injury time Niall Flint’s corner was headed against the post by Mark Cadwallader, and cleared to safety. A combined two attempts on target throughout the first half probably summed up a tight game!
Jordan Davies burst through after the break but sub Harri Horwood covered well and Turner saved from the pacey striker. A dangerous Arnsion free kick evaded everyone and then came the crucial moment. Henry Jones sent in a hopeful shot from distance which Turner parried, and Evans was in the right spot to fire the ball low into the far corner for a big goal. Jack Wilson brought another save from Turner, and then blasted wide from a good position with County looking to kill off Aber, but Town stayed in it and battled on. Horwood went on a buccaneering run down the left, played in Jon Owen, and his goalbound shot was brilliantly touched round the post by Zac Jones in County’s goal, with Thorn heading the resultant corner wide. Wilson volleyed over and then a dangerous cross from Owen appeared to strike the hand of a visiting defender, but frustrated Town had to settle for a corner, which was cleared. Turner parried a dangerous header to safety then right at the end of the ninety Steff Davies flicked on a ball, and Bradford’s close range effort was desperately scrambled to safety by Haverfordwest. Elliot Duggan fired wide at the other end and County saw out the win.
On the balance of play Haverfordwest probably just about deserved to win an ugly game, but on another day Anthony Williams’ hard working side would definitely have got something out of this game. With everything going against them at the moment Aber must lick their wounds this week ahead of their next game, away to Caernarfon Town on Friday evening (ko 7.45pm).
Photos courtesy of RB Photography