Welsh League 
Division One:
Haverfordwest County 1
Penybont 2

PENYBONT went to the top of the table with two goals in the last quarter of a game in which neither side was really at its best, writes Robert Nisbet.

The Bluebirds, after a difficult week, started tentatively but it soon became clear that Penybont were vulnerable at the heart of their defence, and Danny and Steffan Williams started to threaten them down the wings. In the 9th minute this partnership led to a Blues goal as Steff Williams drove in crisply from Danny’s cross. 

Ricky Watts, playing at left back, and Greg Walters in midfield both played with tremendous industry and the Blues about deserved their half-time lead.

The equaliser came in the 71st minute when a corner from Kane Owen curled directly into the net, and the 79th minute winner came when Marcus Griffiths took a chance with a strong finish.

Penybont’s relative dominance in the second half made them deserved winners, even though the Blues came very close to an equaliser in the 94th minute when Pemberton’s header from a Danny Williams corner, crashed just past a post.

The concluding five minutes did bring one distinct ray of promise into the afternoon, with the Welsh League début of 16-year-old striker Joe Pritchard, who looked extremely sharp from the moment he stepped on to the pitch.

With Afan Lido and Goytre losing and Llanelli held to a draw, it was an odd weekend for results, and things are now very tight in the top six. 

Despite the Blues’ recent loss of points, they are still right in the mix and they will hope to prove that and to regain a little composure when they travel to play at Ton Pentre next Saturday.

Haverfordwest County: Conah McFenton; Matthew Broome, Nicky Palmer, Sean Pemberton, Tim Hicks, Ricky Watts, Declan Carroll, Greg Walters, Joe Leahy (Joe Pritchard, 85), Dan Williams, Steffan Williams (Charlie Davies, 72).
Sub not used: Leon Luby, Fraser Finlay.

Bluebirds statement on Kristian Speake:

"For the last ten days, one of our favourite Bluebirds, Kristian Speake, has been in an induced coma and a critical condition following a late night incident subject to a police investigation. 

"Posting information of this sensitive nature is an emotional task but, as we receive evidence that suggests Kristian is making progress, albeit slow, Haverfordwest County would officially like to inform its supporters and indeed the sporting fraternity at large of this tragedy. 'Iron Man Speaky' is known for his determination and competitive spirit and for the last ten days he has certainly portrayed that once again. 

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Kristian as he battles through each day. Also in our thoughts are parents Sue and Nigel along with girlfriend Robyn and other relatives and close friends who have been with him and supporting him throughout this difficult time. 

"In an effort to help Kristian and his family overcome this tragedy, our club would like to draw your attention to the following link
https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/calum-macdougall. We hope that you will make a small contribution in the knowledge that your donation will ease the pressure on a family who has been both positive and brave throughout this whole ordeal.

"In anticipation of your generosity, we thank you very much."