Manager Tony Pennock admitted that Haverfordwest County didn’t threaten the Flint Town United goal often enough to earn a victory at the Ogi Bridge Meadow yesterday.
A hard-fought encounter ended 1-1, with Dylan Rees’ acrobatic effort cancelled out by Bobby Beaumont’s header.
The Bluebirds had most of the play throughout the game, but lacked a cutting edge inside the final third.
The result sees County remain eighth in the JD Cymru Premier, ahead of Tuesday night’s game against Cardiff Metropolitan at home.
Here’s what the boss had to say following the final whistle:
Of course a point will be welcome after recent results, but was it perhaps a bit frustrating to not go on and win the game?
Yes it was. I thought in the first half, up until they scored, we were the dominant team, but we didn’t test the goalkeeper enough for all of our good play – and there was lot a good play.
From back to front, we never tested the keeper in the first half, apart from the goal. And then in the second half, we never really got going. We went in our shell a bit, which is understandable. Everybody’s nervous, we’ve lost three league games on the bounce – despite playing quite well – which happens. But I thought in the end that a point, obviously we take a point over another defeat, and hopefully we can build on it.
We weren’t able to create too many chances today, which hasn’t been the case of late, so perhaps recent results have had an impact on our confidence?
When you lose games, people get nervous as the game goes on. Like I said, I thought we were fine in the first half, very on the front foot, plenty of forward play, plenty of opportunities without testing the keeper.
We just made some silly decisions in the final third, whether we can pass rather than shoot or not cross when we should cross, and crossing when we shouldn’t. And it’s just small details at the moment.
There were a couple of positives for us today, with Harri John making his first league start and Corey Shephard returning from injury, so hopefully we’re moving in the right direction now?
We seem to get somebody back, and then lose somebody else to injury. For example, Ricky Watts is going to be out for a month. We know that Sheps is some way off being a starter with the injury he’s had, but the fact that he’s been here today and he’s got 20 minutes is a big credit to him. We just have to manage him and be careful.
Henry Jones needs an operation, which is a big blow. So we’re not going to see Henry until December probably. And young Harri, what can you say, it’s like finding a new player really. We’ve had most of our injuries in midfield so far, and it’s been great to have Harri involved. He’s done fantastic again today, and I’m really pleased, but again, he’s only 16 years of age, so we have to be careful with what we do with the lad, and manage his game time and training really because, like I say, he’s someone so young.
This result sets up a big game against Cardiff Metropolitan on Tuesday now, they’ve lost their last two in the league but overall they’ve made a strong start so it should be a good game?
They have been very good so far this season. I know they had a disappointing result against The New Saints, but then they bounced back in the Nathaniel MG Cup earlier in the week. Going to Bala Town and losing 2-0, it’s an extremely tough place to go, so losing there is nothing to be disappointed – obviously they will be disappointed – but nothing that’s a nightmare for them.
So yes, it’s a big game for both teams coming off the back of not winning for the last few games. It will be another tough game.
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