Bluebirds go top of table
11:01am Monday 30th September 2013 in Sport
Welsh League, Division One
AFC Porth 0
THIS was a tense, close game which was always likely to be settled by a single goal, but finally a neat piece of opportunism from the in-form Steffan Williams sent the Blues to the top of the table.
The first half was a dour affair in which defences dominated. The Blues rearguard again showed its strength, with the back four having another fine game, with Sam Roden again immaculate. In front of them Chris OSullivan, moved to the centre of midfield in the absence of Dylan Blain, had a fine game.
The first of the few chances fell to Porth in the 6th minute when a stinging shot in after a corner was vey well blocked by Dale Griffiths. A little later Jack Christopher got through the defence but his shot was parried on to a post and spun away for a corner.
The Blues perked up after a slightly uneasy start and Ricky Watts made a series of powerful 40- and 50-yard runs down the right. Just after the half-hour Richie Lewis was moved over to the right, tried a few mazy runs across the goal, whipping in a couple of shots which didnt quite get the power they needed. But the final chance of the first half fell to Porth when a shot clipped the post, although Chris Curtis seemed to have it well covered.
As the second half proceeded in the same spirit, it began to look either as if Porth were headed for their fifth draw of the season or that the game might be settled by a single goal, some sudden strike of inspiration, luck or maybe a little of both. In fact there was a real blunder by the Porth keeper but we need to give credit to two Blues players. Richie Lewis, out near the halfway line, whipped a fine 50-yard ball over the defence, and Steffan Williams was onto it quickly to drive it into the box. The keeper fumbled awkwardly and Williams was quick enough to follow up and nod the ball over the line.
Williams 70th minute goal was followed by 20 minutes of dogged Blues defence as they saw off a predictable Porth comeback. But they might well have pinched a second goal in a breakaway when the midfield released Jack Britton, who went through into the Porth area but couldnt quite get the finish in.
This well-grafted away win now gives the Blues 7 points from their 3 away games, to support their three home wins. Next Saturday they entertain Monmouth Town, kick-off 2.30pm, in a top-of-the-table clash.
Haverfordwest County: Chris Curtis; Ricky Watts; Antonio Facciuto; Sam Roden; Dale Griffiths; Sean Pemberton (Jack Britton, 35); Rob Morgans (Joey Leahy, 60); Chris OSullivan; Steffan Williams (Ashley Curtis, 80); Jack Christopher; Richie Lewis.
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