Club Vice President Len Howells, father of club Chief Executive Alan sadly passed away this morning. On behalf of the club I’d like to offer our condolences to Len’s wife, Alan, Ian and their families at this sad time.
It could only happen on Friday the 13th! Our bus was involved in an accident so we had to travel by car to Haverfordwest. We started ok with an early attack which the Haverfordwest defence cleared. Then for a period of time they held the ball and knocked it around but they didn’t make any inroads on our goal. They took the lead on 17 minutes when an attack down the right saw the ball crossed in and headed against the crossbar, their player reacted quickest and scored with a close range shot. On 22 minutes Noah Daley had a shot blocked and Haverfordwest broke quickly but the shot went straight to Steve Cann. Alex Gammond headed a corner wide on the half hour, to this point it was our best chance. Haverfordwest went two up on 35 minutes, they played the ball down their left and Steve Cann raced out of the area but a Haverfordwest player got to it first and crossed the ball into the goalmouth where it was put into the net. Jack Hurley was unlucky with a shot from the edge of the area which went inches wide. But we reduced the arrears on 39 minutes from a corner. It was met perfectly by Alex Gammond and his header gave the defence no chance of clearing. On the stroke of half time we had a chance to draw level from a free kick 25 yards out in a central position but Alex Gammond’s free kick went over the crossbar.
From the restart we attacked and Jack Hurley shot at the keeper. Steve Cann again came out of the area and failed to clear the ball, this time however the shot went wide. Kaid Mohamed tried his luck with a long range effort which forced a good save by Steve Hall in goal. We went 3-1 down on 55 minutes, Haverfordwest attacked down our left where there was a huge space they took the ball into the area but the shot was blocked, however it fell kindly to one of the midfield players who was following up and he sent an unstoppable shot into the net. Again Haverfordwest attacked down their right where there was oceans of space but this time we managed to clear the danger. Jack Hurley then won the ball in midfield and found Kaid Mohamed he made ground and passed to Brad Flay but his shot went wide. Haverfordwest’s fourth goal came following a Lido free kick. We pushed forward looking to get back into then game but the kick was cleared and a long ball forward found us wanting at the back and they scored to settle the result. Kaid Mohamed’s luck was out as a header beat Steve Hall in goal but he instinctively stuck out a hand to make the save. The fifth was scored in similar fashion a couple of minutes from time. A result to reflect on, Haverfordwest on the night played very well but we need to respond to this and get ourselves up the table.
Kaid Mohamed scored in the 94th minute to give us the three points. Both sides missed several good opportunities before Kaid’s shot gave the keeper no chance.
We won an early corner following a good run by Ben Symons, the cross was headed on but the Llantwit keeper saved. A sweeping move down the left saw Sacha Walters cross the ball in for Kaid Mohamed but he directed his header the wrong side of the post. Llantwit responded with an attack of their own but the forward’s shot went over the bar. Llantwit were awarded a free kick which we cleared for a throw. We then cleared the throw but a midfield player picked up the ball 25 yards out and shot first time but again it was over the bar. We went behind on 17 minutes, we lost the ball when attacking down the right and Llantwit moved the ball quickly to set up and take the scoring chance. Ben Symons was again doing well on the right making 40 yards before being crowded out by a couple of defenders. Steve Morris was booked for a nothing challenge, the ref saying it was the number of fouls he had committed. On the half hour following a Llantwit free kick they should have doubled their lead but could only direct their header at Steve Cann. After 38 minutes a Lido free kick was punched away by the keeper and a Kaid Mohammed shot was blocked and cleared. Just before the interval Llantwit again wasted an opportunity somehow twice hitting Steve Cann in goal, the second time he crucially held on to the ball. Right on half time a Ben Symons cross was narrowly headed wide by Kaid Mohamed.
We took the game to Llantwit in the early stages of the second half and they persisted in keeping 10 men behind the ball in an effort to protect their lead. We had an early chance to draw level when Kaid Mohamed headed a Ben Symons free kick on to Alex Gammond but he couldn’t keep his shot down and it went out for a goal kick. The referee called back Llantwit for a free kick not allowing advantage. Luckily for him the shot that went in as he blew the whistle hit the post rather than the back of the net! The resultant free kick was cleared. Just before the hour a good turn and run by Noah Daley set up a chance for Sean Hanbury but he shot over the bar. We continued to put pressure on the home team and finally after 67 minutes it paid off. Sacha Walters drove into the home penalty area and was tripped, Kaid Mohamed netted the resultant penalty. From the kick off Llantwit went into our box and somehow missed an open goal. Kaid Mohammed was fouled 25 yards out in a central position but Sean Hanbury’s strike went just over the bar. Kaid Mohamed headed clear a Llantwit corner which then saw Lido break quickly winning a corner. Somehow Alex Gammond failed to hit the target with his header from a couple of yards. With 2 minutes to go Jack Hurley played the ball wide to Noah Daley just inside the box, his shot hit a defender and then the crossbar before being cleared. Llantwit then attacked and again from only a couple of yards the ball was headed wide of an open goal. In the fourth minute of added time we finally scored the winner, Noah Daley in the area back heeled the ball into the path of Kaid Mohamed and he drilled the ball past the keeper to send the Lido supporters wild with excitement.
At last the Reserves begin their season tomorrow with a trip to Pontardawe, the kick off is at 2.30pm. The First team are also on their travels visiting Llantwit Major, again the kick off is at 2.30pm
Our disappointing run continues with a 1-0 defeat at Llanelli