Bluebirds and Archers make their point in goalless clash

Henry Jones battling for possession. Picture Rawphotography - Matthew Kelly 

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Haverfordwest County 0 – Cardiff Met 0

It finished goalless - a game where teams both created chances but failed miserably to take them was the story of the night, writes Gordon Thomas.
There was a decent crowd who gained free entry at the newly renamed Ogi Bridge Meadow Stadium on Friday evening where the Archers were the visitors.
Only the second game of the season, both sides lacked a cutting-edge despite at the same time being entertaining.
The visitors had first sight at goal, Lee Idzi rushed out as Adam Roscrow pulled the trigger, some brilliant defending by Alaric Jones blocked the goal bound effort.

Close to scoring

Minutes later at the other end Kieran Lewis flashed a low shot wide, also Eliot Evans curled his shot over the crossbar.
The Bluebirds were unlucky not to score when Fawcett drew a good save from Alex Lang, Patten’s rebound came off Jack Wilson who was on the goal line and couldn’t get out the way.
The Bluebirds began to get on top as Lewis drilled a shot that was deflected for a corner.

Kyle Patten stays close to Elliot Evans. Picture Rawphotography - Matthew Kelly

Audacious lob

A route one ball caused mayhem at the Bluebirds’ end, Eliot Evans’ audacious lob over Idzi went wide.
Five minutes after half time it was the Archers who created a chance as Eliot Evans swept his shot wide.
Roscrow showed good strength to shrug off a couple of challenges before striking his shot wide.
Henry Jones’ inviting free kick was met by a Fawcett header who narrowly missed the target.
Bluebirds’ skipper and former Archer Dylan Rees did well to block Eliot Evans’ direct free kick.

Alaric Jones was a tower of strength at the back. Picture Rawphotography - Matthew Kelly

Good break - great save

Mason Jones-Thomas made a penetrating run from halfway, when the wide man got to the edge of the box, he unleashed a threatening shot just past the post.
Thomas Price cleverly played in Eliot Evans, but the latter was denied after a superb sliding tackle by the impressive defender Alaric Jones.
Right at the death Idzi pulled off a tremendous save - the keeper palmed away Liam Warman’s stinging volley from inside the box.

Gaffer’s thoughts

Wayne Jones, Haverfordwest County manager:
“I thought our defence was good and I’m happy we kept a clean sheet.
“We definitely dropped two points tonight we could have picked up three.
“It was good to see a decent crowd here tonight the boys really appreciated it. It’s a shame we couldn’t have given them a victory to take home.”
On Saturday, 28th August, Haverfordwest County entertain The New Saints at the Ogi Bridge Meadow Stadium, kick-off 2.30pm.
Haverfordwest County: Lee Idzi, Alaric Jones, Jazz Richards, Kyle Pattern, Dylan Rees (Capt), Henry Jones, Kieran Lewis (62, Kurtis Rees), Corey Shephard, Mason Thomas-Jones, Ben Fawcett, Jack Wilson,
Substitutes not used: Wojciech Gajda, Scott Tancock, Ricky Watts, Dan James.
Cardiff Met: Alex Lang, Matt Chubb, Kyle McCarthy, Emlyn Lewis, Tom Price, Eliot Evans, Chris Baker, Adam Roscrow, Joe Evans, Dan Warre (68, Warman).
Substitutes not used: Mansen, Owen, Davies, Morgan, Jones.
Referee: Robert Jenkins.
Assistants: Johnathon Bebee-Bryant and Harry Hendricks.
Fourth Official: Dean John.

Jazz Richards is strong in defence for Bluebirds. Picture Rawphotography - Matthew Kelly

Pictures kindly provided by Matthew Kelly of Rawphotography