Unlucky Bluebirds narrowly lose out at Jennar Park

JD Cymru Premier:


Barry Town United 2 – Haverfordwest County 1

Ben Fawcett equalised with a terrific header for Haverfordwest CountyBarry Town United secured their third win on the trot as disappointed Haverfordwest County slipped to their second defeat in three days whilst still awaiting their first win on their return to the top flight.

This result could have gone either way at Jennar Park but had the Bluebirds taken their chances they could have quite easily have snatched the points.

Both sides had chances in a free-flowing first half but substitute David Cotterill scored a stunning free kick to give his side a narrow 1-0 cushion at half time.

After the break Ben Fawcett equalised with a cracking header from a corner, but minutes later the visitors switched off and got punished when Nat Jarvis headed home the winner.

Gavin Chesterfield’s Barry outfit applied pressure and Theo Wharton gave the visitors an early scare as he drilled a low shot wide, not troubling goalkeeper Steve Hall. Minutes later Clayton Green fired wide from the edge of the 18-yard box.

In the 15th minute the Bluebirds nearly opened the scoring as Fawcett raced into the box and unleashed a shot which went agonisingly wide.

The hosts took the lead in the 28th minute when former Wales international David Cotterill drilled in a terrific 30-yard free kick, which was his first goal for the club, it was an impressive way  to open his account for his new club and he’d only been on the pitch for eight minutes after replacing the injured Luke Cummings.

Missed chances

Alaric Jones came close to equalising for the visitors as the defender swivelled on the edge of the area before firing his shot wide.

After the break, the Bluebirds continued to press as they came close again to levelling matters as Jack Wilson found Fawcett, but the latter dragged his effort wide of the target.

Heads you win

In the 64th minute Danny Williams’ goal-bound shot was deflected for a corner and from the resultant corner Fawcett ghosted in a brilliant header which squared matters. At the time the equaliser was no more than  Fawcett and Haverfordwest County deserved as they put Barry under constant pressure.

Three minutes later Kieran Lewis broke clean through, but Barry keeper Mike Lewis pulled off a superb save to deny the midfielder.

However, in the 68th minute Barry restored the lead from their very next attack as Chris Hugh’s cross was met by the unmarked Nat Jarvis, who nodded home at the far post for his first goal for the club, which turned out to be the winner as The Bluebirds were unable to take advantage of several chances late on.

On Saturday, 3rd October, Haverfordwest County face another tough trip to Bala Town.

Barry Town United: Mike Lewis, Luke Cummings (David Cotterill 20), Luke Cooper, Chris McDonald, Chris Hugh, Theo Wharton (Michael George 77), Clayton Green, Evan Press, Jordan Cotterill (Curtis Jemmett-Hutson 83), Nat Jarvis, Kayne McLaggon.
Substitute not used: Callum Sainty.

Haverfordwest County: Steve Hall, Ricky Watts (captain), Cameron Keetch (Marcus Griffiths 79), Alaric Jones, Scott Tancook, Kieran Lewis, Corey Shephard (Sean Pemberton 87), Jack Wilson, Ben Fawcett, Kurtis Rees (Jack Britton 58), Danny Williams.
Substitutes not used: Nicky Palmer, Elliot Thomas, Josh La Grice, (GK).