Goals from Ben Fawcett and Jordan Davies helped Haverfordwest County come from behind to beat Airbus UK Broughton at the Hollingsworth Group Stadium yesterday.
The Bluebirds fell behind to Finley Savage’s first half goal, but showed real character to battle back in the second half and earn all three points on their travels.
Fawcett drew County level with quarter of an hour remaining, before Davies continued his fine goal scoring form to complete the comeback with five minutes left in normal time.
Manager Tony Pennock made one change to the team from MD14, with Ryan George coming in for Jack Wilson who was rested as a precaution.
Straight from the kick-off, the Bluebirds could well have opened the scoring when they found space down the left flank, as Rhys Abbruzzese’s ball across the face of goal just evading the clutches of Elliott Dugan.
Davies tried his luck from the edge of the area shortly after as County pressed for the opening goal, before Fawcett saw his snapshot tipped over the crossbar by the alert Lewis Dutton.
Pennock’s side looked the likelier side to open the scoring, with the visitors creating a couple of half chances inside the area just before Dylan Rees saw his shot from 20 yards fly wide of the right post.
However, just after the half-hour mark, the Wingmakers took the lead when an aerial ball landed kindly for Savage who fired past Lee Idzi from close range to make it 1-0.
With half time approaching, Haverfordwest County were forced into making their first change of the afternoon when Elliot Scotcher came off to be replaced by Corey Shephard, who got more than 50 minutes into his legs as he continues his comeback from injury.
The Bluebirds knew that a big improvement was needed in the second half, and manager Pennock looked to his bench for a second time as he brought on Harri John for Ryan George, a change which resulted in a formation shift for County.
Chances weren’t coming with regularity for Haverfordwest County, with their first opportunity after the break coming on the hour mark when Fawcett advanced into the area but couldn’t keep his shot under the bar.
Striker Davies has been in impressive form in front of goal this season, but he showed his all-round importance when he positioned himself on the goal line and headed a Wingmakers effort over the bar to ensure the score remained at 1-0.
Inside the final 20 minutes, Ioan Evans was introduced from the bench, and he soon had an impact on the game when he found space to cross from the byline and picked out Fawcett who swept home from close range to make it 1-1 and set up a grandstand finish.
All of the momentum was with the Bluebirds as they chased a second goal in the closing stages, and their relentless pressure eventually paid off when Davies collected the ball just inside the area and found the space to direct his shot into the bottom right corner to send his teammates and the travelling supporters into raptures.
The hosts tried their best to find an equaliser in the dying embers of the game, but the County defence stood firm and dealt with the pressure to see the match out and collect another important three points on the road.
Haverfordwest County are next in action on Friday, December 2, when we host Penybont at the Ogi Bridge Meadow on JD Cymru Premier MD16. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.
Airbus UK Broughton: Dutton, Palmer (C, Knight 65′), Eyre, Peers, Burke (Cooke 71′), Mwakona, Cornish, Payne, Phillips, Savage (Baker 88′), McManus
Substitutes not used: Busby, Edwards, Dabo, Orton
Yellow cards: Eyre 43′, Cornish 88′
Haverfordwest County: Idzi, George, Jenkins, Patten, Scotcher, Abbruzzese, Rees (C), Veale, J. Davies, Fawcett Dugan
Substitutes not used: Jones, Humphreys, Watts, Watkins