'Smash and grab' win sees Bluebirds soar to top of table

Sean Pemberton scored a late winner for The Bluebirds

JD Cymru South:

Cambrian & Clydach 1 – Haverfordwest County 2

Sean Pemberton’s 92nd minute header earned Haverfordwest County a ‘smash and grab’ victory at Cambrian Clydach.

This result sees The Bluebirds move to the top of the table, on better goal difference from Llanelli Town and Swansea University, who both are on the same points.

“We didn’t play that well,” confessed Haverfordwest County boss Wayne Jones.

“We’ve played a lot better and have lost. Pembs’ late header earned us three precious points away from home.
“It was quite literally a smash and grab win.”

Kurtis strikes

The visitors took the lead in the 15th minute when Ben Fawcett’s excellent cross was clinically finished by Kurtis Rees inside the box.

Mix up at back

However, five minutes before the break and the hosts squared matters. A mix up at the back between defender Harri Rowe and Steve Hall, saw the goalkeeper take out the home striker for a definite penalty.
Sam Johnson stepped and confidently made no mistake from the spot.

Scrappy second half

The second half was a scrappy affair with Cambrian and Clydach having the better of territory and chances.
The Bluebirds’ best chance of adding to their tally was when assistant manager Tim Hicks headed wide from inside the box.

This game had a draw written all over it, but cometh the hour cometh the man and up stepped skipper Pemberton who powerfully headed home Fawcett’s corner, pinching victory right under Cambrian and Clydach’s noses, the latter possibly deserving a share of the spoils for their wholehearted efforts.

On Tuesday evening, September 24th The Bluebirds travel to Taff’s Well to play STM Sports in the Welsh Cup, then on Saturday, 28th September, they entertain against the same opponents at the Bridge Meadow, kick-off 2.30pm.

Haverfordwest County: Steve Hall, Jake Merry, Sam Rodon, Sean Pemberton (capt), Scott Tancock, Kurtis Rees, Ricky Watts, Ben Fawcett, Jack Wilson, Marcus Griffiths.
Substitutes: Nicky Palmer, Miles John, Tim hicks, Kyle Stuart (gk).

Kurtis Rees impressed in the middle of the park