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Freak goal and double penalty miss costs Bluebirds on Halloween

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Jordan Follows missed two penalties for the Bluebirds

A FREAK goal and two late penalty misses cost the Bluebirds all three points on Friday as they had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Afan Lido.

Jordan Follows could have settled it for the home side but after his first penalty was saved the referee ordered a re-take for encroachment by the Afan players.

However he sent the second penalty wide to let Afan Lido off the hook.

The visitors also survived the late sending off of Callum Bowden to earn themselves a point.

Rain and wind prior to the match had not made conditions easy at the Bridge Meadow but it was Haverfordwest started the brighter of the two teams.

The closest the home side came was when Chris O’Sullivan saw his free kick fly harmlessly over in the fifth minute.

Afan Lido threatened briefly when Josh Webber cut inside but he saw his shot blocked away for a corner.

The Blues began to dominate and went close when Jordan Follows saw a shot go narrowly wide but just moments later the Bluebirds finally took the lead.

An error at the back let Luke Borelli in and he took the ball round the keeper before shooting low into the net to make it 1-0.

Declan Carroll then chipped the ball through for Follows but the striker could not take it cleanly and the chance was gone.

In keeping with Halloween night, a freak goal then got Afan Lido back in the game.

Ross Hudson spotted keeper Wyn Walters off his line and his audacious attempt from out on the right wing looped all the way in to the net to make it 1-1.

The Blues looked to regain the lead and they almost did five minutes before half time when Follows crossed for Borelli but his low drive was well saved by Lido keeper Rory McCreesh.

The Bluebirds continued to dominate in the second half and they were inches away from taking the lead but after Carroll cut inside his shot whistled just over the bar.

Captain Dale Griffiths and Sean Pemberton both saw headers saved and frustration began to set in for the home side.

Keeper Wyn Walters had to be alert at the other end as the wind almost caught him off guard but he clawed away a free kick before also being tested with another ball into the box.

Then with just over ten minutes to go the Blues were given a penalty when the tricky Carroll was brought down.

Follows stepped up but saw his penalty magnificently saved by McCreesh only for the referee to order a re-take as he had spotted Afan Lido players encroaching into the area.

Callum Bowden was the player penalised by the referee and was shown a yellow card.

However, Follows sent his second spot kick wide of the left post and Afan Lido breathed a sigh of relief.

Bowden then received his second yellow eight minutes from time for a late tackle but he was dismayed at the decision as he was convinced the ball had gone out earlier in the move.

The Blues pushed on but they could not find a winner meaning they would have to settle for a point.

Manager Wayne Jones was disappointed with the result saying: “Everyone here tonight could see we had enough chances to win the game. All credit to them (Afan Lido), I thought they sat back deep and they made it hard for us to break them down.

“At the end of they day it is still another point, we’ve got to be positive, we had plenty of chances, two spot kicks, you’ve got to put them away, but their keeper’s pulled off three really good saves.

“It just wasn’t to be tonight, Halloween hit us hard”.

The Blues will look to get back to winning ways when they take on Ryhader Town in the Welsh League Cup next Saturday.

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Bluebirds return to winning ways as Veale’s free kick sinks Archers

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HAVERFORDWEST County got back to winning ways on Tuesday night (Sept 27) as they beat Cardiff Met 1-0 at the Ogi Bridge Meadow.

Jamie Veale’s second half free kick proved enough for Tony Pennock’s side who now sit seventh in the JD Cymru Premier table.

In the third minute, Dylan Rees sent a ball forward to Jack Wilson but his cross was pushed away by Met keeper Alex Lang.

A miss-timed header then sent Jordan Davies in but his effort was blocked.

The Bluebirds continued to search for the opener and on 27 minutes, a pass from Elliot Scotcher sent Wilson in but he saw his shot saved. The rebound fell to Jordan Davies but his shot was blocked.

Towards the end of the half, Met pushed forward and Matt Chubb went on a good run down the right but he saw his shot go wide.

Harry Owen also tried his luck but saw his shot saved by County keeper Zac Jones and the sides went in at the break with the score locked at 0-0.

There was an even start to the second half as both sides looked to dominate. A cross into the Met box was headed clear by Emlyn Lewis while Craig Davies sent a cross in at the other end but no one could get on the end of it.

On 72 minutes Jordan Davies reacted quickly to head the ball goalwards but he saw his effort go over the bar.

Four minutes later though the Bluebirds were awarded a free kick wide on the left. Veale took it and the ball floated all the way in to give the home side the lead.

Wilson then saw a shot go wide as the Bluebirds looked to make the points safe.

The Met pushed late on as Eliot Evans saw a shot deflected wide while Sam Jones shot over the bar in time added on.

The Bluebirds held on for a welcome win, with Rhys Abbruzzese being named player of the match.

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Whitland earn win at Pembroke

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WHITLAND earned their first win of the season on Saturday (Sept 24) as they beat Pembroke 20-33.

Pembroke landed an early penalty through Harry Fletcher but the visitors hit back with two converted tries.

There was another penalty for Fletcher to make it 14-6.

Whitland thought they had another try when Callum Evans touched down but it was harshly ruled out as the referee had spotted some crossing moments before.

The visitors then scored another try which was also converted as they took a 6-21 lead in at the break.

Pembroke hit back in the second half with tries from Lloyd Davies and Sam Smith who finished off after a barnstorming run. Fletcher added both conversions.

Whitland pulled away though with further tries to seal the win.

Liam Price scored a hat trick of tries for Whitland and others came from Ianto Davies and Geraint Jones. Jones added the rest of the points from the boot.

On Saturday, October 1, Pembroke travel to Llanelli Wanderers while Whitland host Llangennech.

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Kilgetty edge Clarby in seven-goal thriller

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KILGETTY made it two wins from two on Saturday (Sept 24) as they beat Clarbeston Road 4-3.

Ben John put Clarby ahead after eight minutes but their lead only lasted for two minutes.

Adam Johns levelled for Kilgetty and ten minutes later Josh Bevan put his side ahead.

Richard Cope then made it 3-1 to the visitors shortly after the half-hour mark.

Clarby were not out of the game though and on the stroke of half time John scored his and Clarby’s second to make it 2-3.

It remained that way until the 89th minute when Rheinallt George put the goal in his own net to all but seal the points for Kilgetty.

There was still time for more goals as Richard Bevan scored in the 92nd minute to make it 4-3.

They were unable to find a late equaliser though as Kilgetty held on for the win.

On Saturday, October 1, Kilgetty face Angle in the first round of the Senior Cup. Clarbeston Road are also in action in the Senior Cup as they host Carew, both matches kicking off at 1:45pm.

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