Out of sorts Bluebirds are rocked by Cefn Druids

Jack Wilson scored in vain for Bluebirds 

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Cefn Druids 4 – Haverfordwest County 1

Cefn Druids were without doubt the better side as they picked up a thoroughly deserved victory over out of sorts Haverfordwest County at The Rock.

Last week both teams played each other as it finished 1-1; and in truth The Druids should have won at the Bridge Meadow, leading 1-0 until Elliot Scotcher grabbed a stoppage-time equaliser to salvage a point.

Seven days later it was the north Wales Druids who comfortably defeated the Bluebirds with goals from Cody Ruberto, Chris Aziamale, Charley Edge and substitute Niall Flint. Jack Wilson grabbed a consolation goal for Haverfordwest County when they were three goals adrift.

The Druids went straight on the front foot as Alex Darlington fired wide and  Iwan Cartwright also blazed a 25-yard effort well wide.

The Bluebirds settled as Wilson was taken down outside the box, from the resultant free kick thehomesters' defence cleared the danger - and minutes later Scotcher struck another free kick from 30 yards high and wide.

Midway through the first period the hosts pressed when Edge won the ball on the edge of the box but his hurried shot didn’t trouble keeper Wojciech Gajda.

In the 32nd minute the visitors squandered a great chance to open the scoring. Returning midfielder Kieran Lewis played a terrific ball over the top, striker Mark Jones chased it but keeper Michael Jones smoothered his shot. Jones regained control then unselfishly squared to Marcus Griffiths,and  the striker was clattered as he tried to shoot, but referee Bryn Markham-Jones said no penalty.

Three minutes later The Druids opened the scoring when Ruberto pounced on a loose ball inside the box and smashed home.

That goal rocked the visitors, and The Druids almost doubled their lead as Alex Darlington released Edge with a great through ball, but Gajda was alert pulling off a solid save.

Just before the break goal scorer Ruberto left the pitch with a hamstring injury and was replaced by Niall Flint.

In the same period of play Ricky Watts was struggling with a heavy knock for the visitors and was replaced by Trystan Jones.

Druids take control for lengthy periods

In the second period the hosts were on top as Ryan Kershaw fired over the bar, and Darlington dragged his shot wide as the visitors were pegged back.

In the 57th minute the home outfit added their second goal of the afternoon as Edge chested the ball down and volleyed goalwards, where Aziamale’sneat  header was saved by Gajd but the striker quickly followed up to make no mistake with the rebound.

The visitors should have pulled one back when Griffiths got on the end of a ball over the top but smart keeping by Jones denied the Bluebirds’ front man.

On the 70-minute mark The Druids deservedly added their third goal of the game. Darlington’s clever far post cross fell to Edge who made no mistake with a first-time finish.

Six minutes later the visitors finally got a goal as a mix up in The Druids’ defence allowed Wilson to coolly lifted his shot over Jones.

In the 87th minute the hosts added their fourth, when a quickly taken free kick caught the Bluebirds' defence napping as substitute Flint slotted past Gajda to complete an excellent day at the office for a delighted Cefn Druids.

Haverfordwest County face Barry Town United in a rearranged game on Wednesday, 16th December at the Bridge Meadow Stadium.

Shortly after the match a disappointed manager Wayne Jones told Pembrokeshire Sport,
"Our performance today was very, very disappointing and we were beaten by a far better team on the day.

"With Sean Pemberton unavailable and Ben fawcett injured we switched to a 4-3-3 formation but it didn't work and we were on the back foot for long periods of play.

"Our subs played quite well and raised the tempo before Jack Wilson scored and we had a couple of other chances but so did they and although they are bottom of the table they have taken four points off us in eight days.

"We have some hard work and honest reflection before we are at home to a strong Barry Town on Wednesday evening because this was a reality check for us going forward."

Cefn Druids: Michael Jones, Naim Arsan, Aaron Simpson, Phil Mooney, Josh Green, Iwan Cartwright, Ryan Kershaw, Alex Darlington (74, Harry Brazel), Charley Edge, Chris Aziamale (Jonny Taylor), Cody Ruberto (45, Niall Flint).
Substitutes not used: Tom Reilly, Jacob Wise.

Haverfordwest County: Wojciech Gajda, Daniel Summerfield, Alaric Jones, Ricky Watts (Captain) (45, Trystan Jones), Scott Tancock, Kieran Lewis, Danny Williams, Elliot Scotcher, Jack Wilson, Mark Jones (69, Cameron Keetch), Marcus Griffiths (69, Corey Shepard).
Substitutes not used: Matthew Tuner (GK), Kurtis Rees.

Referee: Bryn Markham-Jones.
Assistants: Ian Bird & Connor Fowler.
Fourth Official: Nathan Brearley.