The score doesn’t do justice to our performance. Youth team players Taylor Evans and Jack Todd made their first starts with three more youth players on the bench, Lewis Clement making his first team debut, Evan Daley and the returning Shaun Owen. All five players along with another youth player Sean Hanbury all played well. Andre Griffiths also slotted in at right back and gave a good account of himself while Owen Williams made his first appearance since he returned.
There was little between the sides in the first half, Sacha Walters should have given us the lead on 5 minutes but somehow sidefooted his shot wide with only the keeper to beat. Two minutes later in Haverfordwest’s first attack they scored, we conceded a couple of corners which we failed to clear, the ball bobbled around the area before Steffan Williams picked his spot to score. On 23 minutes a great diagonal ball from Taylor Evans found Sacha Walters wide right, he cut back in along the edge of the penalty area and tried a shot but it lacked power and was easily cleared. Jack Todd was doing well holding up the ball and making life difficult for the two Haverfordwest centre backs. We were seeing plenty of the ball but couldn’t create a clear opening, when Haverfordwest had possession the defence coped well with it and restricted them to long range efforts. Half time came with few chances to either side and we still had all to play for.
We started the second half with a corner but it was headed clear, on 52 minutes Steve Cann mishandled a low shot the ball just going the right side of the post for us giving Haverfordwest a corner. We then had a period of possession without being able to create anything and when we lost possession Haverfordwest doubled their lead. Again Steve Cann failed to hold a low shot, this time he wasn’t so lucky as it hit the inside of the post and trickled back across the goal for Ryan Thomas to tap in from a yard or so. Carlos Indjai was injured in heading the ball out for a corner and was off the field when it was taken. Jack Todd did well to head the ball away for a second corner before we cleared the danger. The third goal was scored with 3 minutes to go and gave a somewhat false picture to the game, perhaps 2-0 would have been a fairer reflection and even then the goals could have been stopped.
Credit to the players who gave us good as they got except in the home penalty area. As I said earlier all the youth boys could be pleased with their performances which must give us hope for next season.
Steve Cann – 2 Andre Griffiths – 3 Shane Williams – 4 Cai Owens – 5 Carlos Indjai – 6 Owen Williams – 7 Elliot Thomas – 8 Taylor Evans – 9 Sean Hanbury – 10 Jack Todd – 11 Sacha Walters
Subs – 12 Evan Daley for Carlos Indjai 78 – 14 Shaun Owen for Taylor Evans 59 – 15 Lewis Clement for Jack Todd 78