Bluebirds settle for draw in six-goal thriller at Park Avenue

Ben Fawcett (in action against Goodwick) scored twice for Haverfordwest County at Aberystwyth Town


Aberystwyth Town 3 – Haverfordwest County 3

Haverfordwest County surrendered the lead three times as they had to be content with a draw against fellow Welsh Premier Aberystwyth Town at Park Avenue.

The Bluebirds lead 1-0 at half time, but the Seasiders kept fighting back as five goals were added in an entertaining second half.

Fawcett opens scoring

In a fairly even first half the visitors took the lead in the 42nd minute when Jack Wilson’s cross fell to Ben Fawcett, who drove in the far corner from the edge of the box.

Idzi howler

The visitors were guilty of not taking some decent scoring chances as the Seasiders equalised in the 61st minute. Bluebirds’ keeper Lee Idzi was dispossessed in his own area, from which Harry Franklin made no mistake with the gift.

Four minutes later the visitors regained the lead with a well taken goal by Kurtis Rees, the gritty midfielder striking a low shot past Pennock.

The Seasiders refused to lie down, and in the 74th minute they equalised when Elliot Scotcher under-struck back pass fell to John Owen, who buried his opportunity.

Late goals

Fawcett added his second of the afternoon to give his side a slender lead, as the striker’s deflected effort wrong-footed Pennock.

Right at the death the hosts levelled matters following good work by Owen set-up Franklin for his second of the game.

Haverfordwest County manager Wayne Jones:

“It was another good run-out for the lads who need the minutes under their belts before the season gets underway.

“I felt we were the better team, but we gifted them two soft goals, and we really do need to cut out silly mistakes at the back.

“Fawcey looks sharp up front as he took his goals well, but I felt we squandered some decent chances - but overall, I’m pleased with the lads.”

Haverfordwest County: Idzi, D. Rees (Captain), A Jones, Tancock, Patten, Scotcher, K. Rees, H. Jones, Lewis, Fawcett, Wilson.
Subs: Gajda (GK), Watts, Summerfield, Shephard, Jones-Thomas.