Sam’s the Man as Black and Greens Settle for a Precious Point: Haverfordwest County 1 Aberystwyth Town 1 Match Report
JD Cymru Premier
Saturday 15th April
Haverfordwest County 1 Aberystwyth Town 1
Aber Town gave a brilliant performance yesterday evening in their toughest assignment of phase II, away to seventh placed Haverfordwest County, ending up disappointed to only have come away with the draw. Big defender Sam Litchfield prodded Aber into the lead a minute before half time, but Jack Leahy equalised nine minutes into the second half. Kyle Patten was sent off for the Bluebirds with 17 minutes to go and from then on the visitors pummelled the home goal, but in the end had to settle for a precious point.
After a glorious sunny day the evening was slightly overcast, but a great number of Aber supporters turned up to roar their side forward. Ioan Evans fired wide for County, then Jordan Evans’ header was easy for Matthew Turner in the Aber goal. In response Alex Darlington curled a shot into home keeper Zac Jones’ hands, and the game opened up as Jack Wilson fired wide before Aber’s Mark Cadwallader saw a header tipped over the post for a corner down the other end. Davies headed wide for the hosts, then Litchfield headed over, before Louis Bradford and Niall Flint also went close, with Aber competing well. Turner had to make a super save from a Wilson long throw to keep it level, but then Jack Thorn had a header cleared for a corner and Litchfield brought another save out of Jones. Finally a long throw from Thorn down the right caused consternation in the box and Litchfield reacted quickest to prod home a vital, vital goal just before the break which left Aber ahead, and justifiably so on the balance of play.
The hosts pressed hard after the break with a series of corners and long throws which were repelled by a solid looking back four, then Aber broke thrillingly down the left and Iwan Lewis played in Flint, who cut inside and smashed a volley agonisingly against Zac Jones’ crossbar, with Cadwallader missing from the rebound. Minutes later the lively Leahy sneaked between Aber’s back four and Turner to chip in an equaliser, and the scores were level. The Black and Greens were not downhearted and the effervescent Cadwallader saw a brilliant header saved on the line by Jones, with a subsequent ball in by Darlington caused consternation in the home box. Patten was then sent off for a late kick out at Harry Arnison, who seemed to be everywhere on the night, and Turner got down well to save a low shot before Leahy fired over. Then for the fourth game running Aber finished the game strongly. Darlington saw a header from Billy Kirkman’s ball in saved, then Litchfield volleyed just over the bar from the edge of the box. Lively Liam Walsh won a free kick down the right, but Thorn’s header was repelled. A series of Aber corners followed with Walsh the next to be denied by the overworked Jones in the Haverfordwest goal. A late chance for Darlington flashed agonisingly wide before Turner came out well in injury time to catch Henry Jones’ corner, and unlucky Aber had to settle for a point.
This big result makes it 5 games unbeaten now for Anthony Williams’ men and it looks likely that a win will be needed at home to Caernarfon next Saturday to preserve the Black and Greens’ Cymru Premier status. The permutations will become clearer after Flint’s match versus Caernarfon on Wednesday, but after a stirring performance the Black and Greens can look forward with confidence to a huge lunchtime game next Saturday (ko 12.45pm). Assemble Green Army!