Bluebirds narrowly lose out in first pre-season friendly

Jack Wilson struck the post at Flint


Briton Ferry Llansawel 2 – Haverfordwest County 1

Welsh Premier Haverfordwest County slipped to a narrow defeat at the hands of Cymru South outfit Briton Ferry Llansawel on Friday evening.

The home outfit led 2-0 at the interval, goals came in the 21st and 37th minutes. The first goal took a deflection that wrong footed keeper Idzi, the second was a close-range finish from a cross.

The Bluebirds were unlucky not to get on the score sheet as the home keeper pulled off a stunning save to deny Wilson who struck a wicket volley.

In the second half the visitors created the better of the chances. Lively striker Fawcett’s shot was parried, Henry Jones’ follow up was cleared off the line. Minutes earlier Fawcett headed over the bar from a good cross from Jones.

Elliot Scotcher drilled a shot from 30 yards which the keeper tipped over the bar.

In the 67th minute Wilson slotted home to give his side a good chance of getting back in the game.

Gajda on for Idzi pulled off a stunning save to deny the hosts. Dan James had an effort cleared off the line from a corner, he then curled one just wide, Fawcett thought he had equalised but was once again denied by an excellent save.

Haverfordwest County manager Wayne Jones must have felt happy with his team’s first showing despite the narrow loss, several new players have come into the squad, it will take time plus a few more games before they gel.

Wayne Jones: "Nice to get the first one under our belt. We leaked a couple of soft goals, but it's all about giving the boys game time at this early stage of pre-season.

"The new signings all played well tonight and they will only get better with more game time.

"This month we've arranged away games at Ammanford, Cardiff Met, Aberystwyth and Merthyr."

Haverfordwest County: L. Idzi, D. Rees, K. Patten, S. Tancock, A. Jones, K. Rees, E. Scotcher, H. Jones, J. Wilson, B. Fawcett, Trialist A.
Subs: Trialist B, D. Summerfield, R. Watts, W. Gajda