Late goal earns Blues win

Haverfordwest County 1

Monmouth Town 0

HAVERFORDWEST COUNTY earned a narrow 1-0 win over Monmouth Town on Saturday (Feb 11), thanks to a late goal from Rhys Dalling.

The three points were very valuable but the performance was quite a poor one, only finally relieved by a well-worked goal converted by sub Rhys Dalling late in the game.

From the outset, the Blues seemed to concentrate on the one tactic of playing the ball over the top for Ashley Bevan and Steff Williams to run on to, with very little to show for it.

Indeed, it was Monmouth who had come closer to a score in the early stages, first when Sam Palmer saw his shot come back off the post and then when James Gwilt saved brilliantly at close range from Rob Laurie.

The Blues’ first real tilt at goal came as late as the 28th minute when Bevan’s header from a Williams cross was turned away for a corner. Monmouth’s Jake Robinson shot well over and another Bevan shot ran across the face of the goal.

There was no real improvement in the second half, although Monmouth keeper Lee Williams was nearly caught out by a cross-cum-shot from Greg Walters which curled inches over the angle of bar and post.

A ball near the line just bobbled away from Jamie Evans after a Lee Hudgell corner, before the Kingfishers mounted a strong attack which forced the Blues into two desperate clearances.

Dalling was nearly clear in the penalty area, but seemed to get tripped by his own footwork, but shortly afterwards the Blues sub was the hero when he finished off the move which was to win the game. At last, the goal came from a classic passing movement.

Hudgell floated a lovely ball to Bevan, who ran on and unselfishly squared to the well-placed Dalling for a six-yard finish. Sean Pemberton’s header from a Hudgell corner was saved and Monmouth wasted an 87th minute free kick. The Blues had the win which at least takes them a little way up the top half of the table.

This Friday (Feb 17), the Blues travel to play Goytre United.

County: James Gwilt; Matthew Broome, Antonio Facciuto, Sean Pemberton, Jamie Evans , Kristian Speake (Nicky Palmer, 70), Steffan Williams (Rhys Dalling, 60), Greg Walters (Kieran O’Brien, 75), Ashley Bevan, Ricky Watts, Lee Hudgell. Subs not used: Spencer Williams, Chris O’Sullivan.