Match Report - Home v Haverfordwest County on 30th April 19.
Undy 1-1 Haverfordwest County
HT : 1-0
Starting 11 – Smallcombe. Waters, Parry, Aherne, Smith. Hudson, Wright, Barnes, Power, Woods, Cullimore.
Subs – Mollard, Harris, James
In another highly entertaining match, played at fast pace throughout we picked up our first ever point against Haverfordwest!
Changes were made from Saturday with Gyles and the Jarmans all unavailable but we still had a very strong 14, with Ernie and Ryan coming in to the starting 11.
A youthful Haverfordwest were at us from the start and we were penned in early on as they caught us cold. Gradually working our way in to the game we had to soak up quite a lot of pressure. There were no clear cut chances however as yet again our defensive unit looked well organised. Getting a foothold in the game meant upping our tempo to match theirs and we eventually started getting some possession in their half. The midfield in particular started getting hold of the ball more with Wrighty impressing throughout and Barnesy locked in a great battle of the number 8s with his rival all evening.
The football was of a decent quality despite the fast pace with Havvy west playing neat football
and using the channels well and us producing some lovely passing football. Chances were
falling to both sides but neither keper was really tested. After 30 minutes however the deadlock
was broken when some excellent passing football down our right side saw Barnesy pick up the
ball at play a neat pass through to Woodsy who had come off his wing. A Woodsy trick later he
had himself a couple of yards and smashed it in to the far corner from around 15 yards.
A wonderful goal again from Woodsy at the Causeway and the game had the goal it deserved.
We went in 1 up after more end to end play which saw both teams create openings without forcing saves.
The second half was much the same. Even as players tired and the visitors made the odd change the game was still fast and chances were being created on a regular basis. The best save of the game came early on in the second half when Barnesy found himself space on the left side of the box and his shot across goal was heading for the far corner until brilliantly saved. As the half wore on it is fair to say that the visitors were probably edging the shot count without really worrying Smalls. On 75 minutes however they got a deserved equaliser. More good attacking play saw the ball played to their number 7 on the edge of the box and he simply passed the rolling ball superbly in to the far corner. The technique was excellent to be fair to the lad – Smalls didn’t stand a chance.
Having only ever lost to Haverfordwest you could forgive us for thinking worse was to come but in truth we defended well and although they had chances none were as good as the headed chance that fell to Culli late on, but sadly it flew just over the bar.
An excellent, close encounter finished 1-1 and I think most would agree it was a fair result. Credit to our visitors for playing their part despite their long journey midweek. There was another good crowd watching the game and they would have left thoroughly entertained.
Personally I would give man of the match to one of our midfielders and Wrighty gets it for me this time. I thought he was the one who got us a foothold early on and was busy throughout. Credit to all the team though as Pritchy didn’t make a change and they stuck at it for 90 to earn a very decent point.
Next up is a derby away at Cwmbran Celtic on Saturday.