Match Report - Home v Haverfordwest County on 7th September 19.
Undy 1-0 Haverfordwest County
Following last week's 4:2 victory over Taffs Well, Matchday 5 of the JD Championship South saw us entertain Haverfordwest County at the Causeway. With the stats stating that Undy were still to register a win against their visitors in seven attempts, having managed to claim one point from a possible eighteen in previous league meetings. The game was always going to be a David v Goliath occasion, especially given that our visitors had invested heavily in their playing personnel over the closed season. Attracting a number of quality and established Welsh Premier league players to step down into the Championship as well as signing quality players from other top clubs within the Championship.
With skipper, Chris Parry returning to the starting lineup having recovered from his recent ankle injury, Undy set up with an exciting 5-3-2 formation. The first 30 mins was a very tight affair, with both teams playing attractive and at times free flowing football that was aided by the quality of the pitch that had been lovingly prepared by Phil Kyte and his merry groundstaff. The front two combination of Cullimore and D Jarman were starting to impose themselves on the County defenders, in particular Jarmans blistering pace and directness and Cullimores constant ariel threat and keenness to strike the ball quickly.
The decisive moment of the game came in the 45th minute, with Undy in the ascendancy, a bustling run in to the box by Sam Broadribb with the ball glued to his feet, saw a desperate lunging tackle from the County captain that resulted in a penalty to Undy. Up stepped the unflappable James Barnes who dispatched the ball cooler than Steve Smith in the Ashes series, sending the keeper the wrong way. This gave Undy a well deserved half time lead at the break.
If the first half was all about Undys' attacking play, then the second half was about their defence. With, as expected County coming out with all guns blazing and desperately seeking to find the equaliser. Undys backline stood resolute, with standout performances from all. Supporters man of the match, Paul Clayton was assured on the ball and calm under pressure. Parry was equally cool and elegant, bursting forward through midfield and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet seeing the visiting keeper make a fingertip save to push his goal bound strike around the post. Aherne was equally commanding, comfortably winning his ariel duel with the centre forward whilst finding time to worry the County defence with his dominance at the superb corner set pieces provided by Olly Smith and James Barnes.
The second half display by the team was one of the best perfomances ever seen and resulted in County being restricted to efforts from range and a smaller number of corner kicks. One notable effort came from their impressive no10 who dared to graze Smallcombes crossbar with a dipping effort from fully 30 yards out, Smalls assured me afterwards that he had it covered and having produced another assured performance between the sticks, I never doubted him. Undy had opportunities to stretch their lead, a fierce shot straight at the keeper following a breath taking run by Jarman and a deft Cullimore lob over the oncoming keeper which was inches too high, when put clean through by an impressive through ball by the excellent James Gidney.
Overall, it was a deserved and hard fought victory by the lads and credit must also be given to the management team of MC, Rello and Clivo. The efforts and attention to detail that are made in each training session by the trio are most definitely bearing fruit and long may this continue. Next week we entertain Lee Trundles latest club Ammanford AFC and this promises to be another tough test for us, make sure we spread the word and tell all and sundry about our fantastic club and our exploits in the second tier of Welsh football. Lets get the attendances rising like we are up the table. bring your kid, your wife/husband/granny and grandad. YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU. PS If you haven't visited the Causeway Cafe, you haven't lived!!!!