Haverfordwest County make the journey to Deeside to take on Connah’s Quay Nomads in the JD Cymru Premier Play-Off Conference tomorrow, looking to make it three consecutive wins in the league.
The Bluebirds head into their final away game of the season top of the Conference after Friday’s 2-0 win over Barry Town United, which guaranteed our survival and opened up a seven-point gap to the Dragons in 11th.
County were in eighth position heading into the Good Friday encounter, but the victory, coupled with Cardiff Metropolitan’s 2-0 defeat to the Nomads saw us leapfrog the Archers – who we face in the final game of the season on Saturday (April 23).
The two teams faced off just a few weeks ago, with the game – which was shown live on S4C – finishing goalless with neither team able to break the deadlock.
Meetings between the teams this season haven’t featured many goals, with the previous scorelines reading: 1-1 and 1-0 to the Nomads, before the recent stalemate.
The competition between teams in the Play-Off Conference has been closely-fought right the way through Phase Two, with four of the six sides still mathematically able to clinch seventh place – which acts as the fourth and final play-off spot for next season’s Scottish Challenge Cup.
A victory for the Bluebirds would put is in a very strong position heading into Saturday’s league finale, as it would, at least, see us maintain a two-point buffer over Aberystwyth Town and Cardiff Metropolitan. A draw should still be enough to see us remain seventh, given our superior goal difference, while defeat would leave us open to be leapfrogged.
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 also recently represented Wales C in their 4-0 win over England C in Caernarfon, scoring two goals for his country in an impressive victory.
Connah’s Quay Nomads vs. Haverfordwest County – JD Cymru Premier MD31 (Kick-off: 14:30)