First Team
Cymru Premier Sat 11 February The Oval
Caernarfon Town
  • Bell (62')
  • Thomas (72')
Haverfordwest County

Manager Tony Pennock was disappointed that his team couldn’t make the most of a positive first half display as Haverfordwest County went down 2-0 to Caernarfon Town on Saturday.

The Bluebirds looked threatening in the opening 45 minutes at The Oval, and crafted a couple of good opportunities to open the scoring in their Phase Two curtain-raiser.

The Canaries also showed an attacking intent, with the majority of their chances limited to set-pieces.

Speaking to Sgorio after the match, Pennock made clear his frustration.

“ It’s disappointing really, because I thought we were decent in the first half,” he said. “I thought we had good spells. Caernarfon had a couple of opportunities from set-pieces, which we knew they were a threat on, and then to concede from a set-piece, it’s been an issue for us all season, and that changed the game then.”

Although the Town didn’t make the most of their positive play in the first half, the match was still very much in the balance at half time with the scoreline at 0-0.

However, Huw Griffiths’ side stepped it up a gear after the break to take control and, most importantly, find the net on two occasions to earn all three points.

“Like I said, we did play some good spells, especially first half, but second half I thought Caernarfon were much more dominant than us,” added Pennock.

“I thought they controlled the game. They were stronger than us in the physical areas of the match, and they got the goal from a set-piece.

“Then it’s an uphill battle, and the second goal is what it is. I thought we finished the game quite strong, but it’s another away defeat, our away form all season has been awful.”

The result is a setback for the Bluebirds, who are aiming to finish seventh and secure a place in the European play-offs, and they will be hoping to bounce back this Saturday, February 18, when they host Flint Town United at the Ogi Bridge Meadow (Kick-off: 2.30pm).

“We’ve talked about it [the away form] at length in the last few weeks when we’ve had a break, and we wanted to leave here today still in seventh place. Unfortunately we’ve dropped two places, so it’s going to be a tough nine games ahead,” concluded Pennock.