JD Cymru South
Ammanford 0 Haverfordwest County 1
SEAN PEMBERTON’S first half goal sent Haverfordwest County two points clear at the top of the table.
Pemberton got on the end of a Ben Fawcett corner, the Bluebirds’ skipper took a touch before volleying through a crowded area forthe defining goal.
This was a highly entertaining top end of the table tussle at the Recreation Ground with the home fans creating a terrific atmosphere.
Marcus Griffiths blazed an early chance for the visitors over the crossbar, after being set-up down the left by veteran Nicky Palmer and Harri Rowe.
Early in the game the Black and Whites lost the influential servicesof centre back Ben Soal with a leg injury and he was replaced by Nicholas Glendon.
Former Bluebird Lee Trundle struck a wicked left footed shot from an acute angle which crashed against Kyle Stuart’s crossbar.
In the 41st minute Pemberton struck as the visitors led 1-0 at half time.
Five minutes after the break, Trundle worked his trickery with an audacious overhead cross, and Stuart spread himself as he pulled off a brilliant point blank save to incredibly deny Craig Frater with a powerful six-yard header.
The visitors continued to press forward as Euros Griffiths and Gavin Jones both fired shots wide as the defiant visitors back three of Scott Tancock, Pemberton the immaculate Sam Rodon comfortably dealt with everything.
Miles John replaced Marcus Griffiths as the visitors played with just the lively Fawcett up front.
John broke clear on the right and cut inside before firing a low drive agonisingly wide of Craig Morris’ far post.
Both sides made further changes as Bruno Forkou and Ricky Martin came on for the Black and Whites and as the visitors ran down the clock, Jack Wilson replaced the industrious Fawcett, and Jake Merry came on in injury time for ever improving young left-wing back Harri Rowe.
Despite a few late frights, the Bluebirds kept their composure to gain an excellent win and head the JD Cymru South table after 13 games. It is not always straightforward to get back to winning ways after a stretch of poor form but manager Wayne Jones set out his stall by reverting to the 3-5-2 which had been used successfully earlier in the season. Fair play Wolvesy you did your homework and it worked very well against difficult opponents.
Next Saturday it is off to Caerau Ely where another dogged performance will be required. Kick off is 2pm.
Haverfordwest County: Kyle Stuart, Sean Pemberton (Captain), Sam Rodon, Scott Tancock, Ricky Watts, Harri Rowe (93, Jake Merry), Kieran Howard, Nicky Palmer, Kurtis Rees, Marcus Griffiths (80, Miles John), Ben Fawcett (90 Jack Wilson).
Substitutes not used: Tim Hicks, Osian Williams.