10:02am Tuesday 4th March 2014
THE Bluebirds made it 7 points from 9 in the space of eight days in the Welsh League Division One, after delivering a fine all-round performance which, with Taff’s Well losing, takes the Blues back to second place, writes Robert Nisbet
Goytre are by no means a poor side and stood in a strong sixth place in the table as the afternoon began, but had little answer to a continuing wave of attacks. In fact, they had to wait until the 88th and 90th minutes for their first real challenges on the Blues’ goal. Their attack was led by ex-Llanelli player Craig Moses but he was unable to produce the commanding performance they might have hoped for. On the one occasion he did find himself in a threatening position Antonio Facciuto was able to track back and dispossess him neatly.
The Bluebirds’ back line was very solid and was supported by a sound display form Craig Morris, making a welcome return as keeper. The pairing of Jack Britton and Sean Pemberton in central midfield looked extremely assured, as was still the case when Dylan Blain replaced Britton early in the second half. All the front runners looked dangerous, with Decal Carroll, out on the right, having a very fine game.
Carroll was prominent n the first goal, after 11 minutes, when he side-stepped two defenders and sent a perfectly-flighted pass to Richie Lewis, who was able to drive in from an acute angle. The second goal came 15 minutes later from one of Britton’s finely- placed corners and free kicks. Sam Rodon headed in strongly, again from a difficult angle. Before the half had ended Tim Hicks and Steffan Williams had both gone close.
There was no let-up as the second half started and the third goal, after 55 minutes, was a fine one. Carroll and Hicks combined in midfield to send Lewis away and the ball back in to Carroll saw him float a lob over keeper Thomas from 25 yards.
The Blues continued to press and ended a performance of real tempo and momentum with a thoroughly convincing win.
The programme sponsor was Mr Peter Lewis of Laburnum Grove, Haverfordwest. The ball sponsor was Mr Jason Marshall of Spittal.
Next Saturday the Blues travel to play Cambrian & Clydach, before they return to the Conygar Bridge Meadow on Friday, March 14 to play Goytre United.
Haverfordwest County: Craig Morris, Ricky Watts, Antonio Facciuto, Sam Rodon, Dale Griffiths, Sean Pemberton, Jack Britton (Dylan Blain, 55), Steffan Williams (Rob Morgans, 70), Declan Carroll, Tim Hicks, Richie Lewis (Joey Leahy, 63).
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