Williams bags important late equaliser for Bluebirds

Ben Fawcett worked hard

JD Cymru Premier:


Haverfordwest County 1 - Caernarfon Town 1

Danny Williams grabbed a last-gasp equaliser for Haverfordwest County who salvaged a draw when all looked lost against Caernarvon Town.

Wayne Jones’ Bluebirds dominated proceedings until Mike Hayes scored in the 74th minute, but right at the death Williams was on target to secure his side a thoroughly deserved point.

The Bluebirds totally dominated for long periods, and it would have been a travesty had they lost this game.

Good first half

Haverfordwest County had the better of the first half as it remained goalless.

Skipper Sean Pemberton looped a header at the back post which was comfortably collected by Josh Tibbetts whilst at the other end Matt Turner came quickly off his line to snuff out a chance for Mike Hayes.

Elliot Scotcher, who signed earlier this week from Carmarthen Town for his second spell with the Bluebirds, struck a dangerous corner into the box which was cleared.

Debutant Scotcher was really unlucky not to open to scoring as his 30-yard direct forward struck the post and itwas the hosts who continued to press as Marcus Griffiths just failed to get on the end of a wicked Ben Fawcett cross.

Midway through the first period Cameron Keetch limped off with a hamstring pull and was replaced by the inform, classy Jack Wilson.

Griffiths and Fawcett combined to put through Wilson, but the substitute drilled his shot agonisingly across the face of goal.

Just before the interval Turner pulled off a terrific save to deny Darren Thomas from a direct free kick.

Danny Williams scored twice for Haverfordwest County

Similar story in the second half

After the break, the hosts continued to dominate possession and chances.

A clever ball through by Danny Williams saw Wilson head over Tibbetts on the edge of box but defender Joe Williams cleared off the line. Lively Fawcett had a shot blocked; and another brilliant Wilson cross was frantically cleared off the line.

Griffiths headed a Scotcher free kick straight to Tibbets, but the visitors broke as Sion Bradley drilled his shot wide.

In the 74th minute, against the run of play, the visitors took the lead as striker Mike Hayes drilled in from six yards afer good close control at the far post by Paulo Mendes.

Last-gasp leveller

It looked as if the hosts had to settle for defeat, but Wilson’s superb cross was met by Williams who turned it into the net, much to the relief of the Bluebirds’ camp.

After the match Bluebirds' manager Wayne Jones told PembrokeshireSport.co.uk:
"On the balance of play I suppose we could look on this result as two points lost but every game is tough and I'm pleased we claimed a point so late on against a useful side because it would have been a travesty if we had lost.
"It shows how our fitness has improved so much because we never stopped trying and there were some real plusses for us with some powerful dispalys. Now we have to start thinking about next Saturday because we have a very long trip North and face an even tougher clash than this one."

Before the game both teams observed a minute silence for Lenny Lewis, former part-time groundsman, and faithful club member.

Next Saturday, Haverfordwest County face a tough trip to The New Saints.

Haverfordwest County: Matthew Turner, Daniel Summerfield (Scott Tancock 85), Sean Pemberton (captain), Alaric Jones, Ricky Watts, Corey Shephard, Ben Fawcett, Marcus Griffiths (82 Nicholas Palmer), Cameron Keetch (Jack Wilson 29), Elliot Scotcher, Daniel Williams.
Substitutes not used: Steven Hall, Joshua Le Grice.

Caernarfon Town: Joshua Tibbetts, Joseph Williams (Captain), Gruffydd John, Sion Bradley (Daniel Brookwell 67), Arnaldo Mendes, Michael Hayes, Darren Thomas, Noah Edwards, Ryan Williams, Jamie Crowther, Gareth Evans.
Substitutes not used: Samuel Jones, Iddon Price, Telor Williams, Cai Jones, Cai Owen.

Referee: Robert Jenkins.
Assistants: Bryn Jones & Cilan Thomas.
Fourth Official: Ben Williams.

Elliot Scotcher had an impressive debut for the Bluebirds