Haverfordwest County will be looking to extend their winning run in the JD Cymru Premier to five matches when they host Connah’s Quay Nomads in the Play-Off Conference at the Ogi Bridge Meadow tomorrow.
Nicky Hayen’s side have hit form in the last month or so, defeating Cefn Druids twice, as well as recording victories over Barry Town United and Aberystwyth Town – which was the Bluebirds’ most recent game in the league.
That match saw County run out convincing 6-0 winners at Park Avenue, with Alhagi Touray Sisay netting his first hat-trick for the club, with Ryan George, Jordan Davies and Henry Jones adding gloss to the scoreline.
The Nomads were last in action 10 days ago, when they comfortably saw off Cefn Druids 5-0 at the Deeside Stadium – a result which consigned the Ancients to relegation to the JD Cymru North.
The two meetings between the teams this season have been closely contested. Back in October, Ben Fawcett’s late equaliser saw the spoils shared in a 1-1 draw, while the Nomads came out on top in the return fixture, as Paulo Mendes’ second-half strike was enough to give the north Walians a 1-0 victory.
Since then though, the reigning champions have had 18 points deducted for a breach of league rules, which saw them drop into the bottom half of the table. Craig Harrison’s side currently occupy the final relegation spot, but are only one point behind 10th placed Barry Town United.
While the Bluebirds’ big win over Aber last week created some breathing room between themselves and the team’s below, it also moved them to within a point of Cardiff Metropolitan, who sit in seventh place – or effectively top of the Play-Off Conference.
Should County win tomorrow and the Students fail to match their result away at the Druids, Haverfordwest County will move up to seventh. With the gap between the Bluebirds and Aber currently five points, Hayen’s side know they cannot drop down in the standings this weekend.
Key man: Aeron Edwards – The midfielder has been of the Cymru Premier’s outstanding players over the last decade or so, having won numerous league titles with The New Saints before making the move to the Nomads, and collecting yet another medal in his first season at the club. The 34-year-old is a key cog in the middle of the field, doing all of the dirty work to allow his teammates to create chances going forward. He was also recently named as part of the Wales C squad to take on England C at The Oval next Wednesday (March 30).
Tomorrow’s game is our designated National Lottery Football Weekends fixture, where players can purchase an additional ticket free of cost for a friend. To take advantage of this offer, you must display a valid Lottery ticket for tomorrow (Saturday) night’s draw.
If you are unable to attend tomorrow, don’t worry, as the match will be shown live on S4C via Sgorio. Please note that kick-off is at 15:00, rather than the usual time of 14:30.
Haverfordwest County vs. Connah’s Quay Nomads – JD Cymru Premier MD26 (Kick-off: 15:00)