HAVERFORDWEST COUNTY 1 STM SPORTS 4 ( JD Cymru South Round 8)
Make no excuses, the Bluebirds were well beaten by a a very competent STM Sports side but when Wayne Jones and his players analyse the circumstances behind this heavy defeat they will realise that they allowed their opponents to break so quickly too often. Indeed, STM Sports capitalised on an early basic mistake as early as 40 seconds when CALLUM BATEMAN got behind the home defence before slipping the ball passed the advancing Hall. The Blues slowly got back into the contest and were on the offensive for much of the first half creating decent chances in the process. Both Wilson and Griffiths went close and Ben Fawcett hit the upright with a curling shot from a sharp angle. As half time approached the Blues were awarded a free kick in a good attacking position but STM Sports not only defended it well but they broke very quickly and BENJAMIN AHMUN finished a very slick move to score the goal of the match.
There were signs early in the second half that the Bluebirds could at least reduce the arrears and on several occasions, some desperate STM defending came to the rescue. However, in the 68th minute Tim Hicks, who had moved up front when Scott Tancock was introduced, reduced the deficit and minutes later the scores could have been levelled but Elliot Thomas saw his effort whistle over the bar.
Although the Blues fought hard to get the equaliser, the outcome of the match was put beyond doubt by two more quick moves orchestrated by man of the match Marcus Jones who had been a thorn in the flesh of the home side all afternoon. On 73 minutes, CALUM BATEMAN scored his second and, to rub salt into the wounds, substitute JOSH GRAHAM finished off a very impressive performance by the visitors thus inflicting the Blues heaviest league defeat for several seasons.
Ironically, the Blues will be attempting to bounce back quickly in the 3rd round of the Nathaniel MG Cup next Tuesday, 1st October, when once again their opponents will be STM Sports. Wolvesy will have much head scratching to do before then but, for sure he will have learnt a great deal about our Cup opponents and will, hopefully, come up with an effective strategy to foil the quick breaks that have made the Cardiff based side the highest scoring team in the JD Cymru South league.
Haverfordwest County: Steve Hall, Miles John, Harri Rowe, Sean Pemberton (capt), Jake Merry (Scott Tancock 53mins), Tim Hicks, Kurtis Rees, Ricky Watts, Ben Fawcett, Marcus Griffiths, Jack Wilson ( Elliot Thomas 45mins)
Subs not used: Kyle Stuart (gk), Leon Pemberthy.