Haverfordwest County get their 2023-24 JD Cymru Premier season under way against Pontypridd United at the Ogi Bridge Meadow this evening.
Fresh from their European exploits, which captured the imagination of the Welsh footballing public, the Bluebirds will be hoping to continue that momentum into what promises to be one of the most competitive top-flight seasons in recent times.
Aiming to improve on their seventh place finish in 2022-23, the Town squad shows seven new faces from last term, with Kai Whitmore, Tyrese Owen, Martell Taylor-Crossdale, Ifan Knott, Rio Dyer and Kayden Williams-Lowe and Luke Tabone all recruited over the summer.
The Dragons have a number of former County players on their books, with Kieran Lewis, Danny Williams and Kurtis Rees joining Corey Shephard, whose penalty in last season’s European play-off final booked the Bluebirds’ continental ticket.
In the four meetings between the teams last season, the Dragons came out on top twice, with the Bluebirds winning the final encounter to go with a goalless draw earlier in the campaign.
Pontypridd United – At a glance
Founded – 1992
Ground – USW Sport Park
Manager – Andrew Stokes
Captain – Clayton Green
Last five meetings
April 7, 2023: Haverfordwest County 2-0 Pontypridd United
February 25, 2023: Pontypridd United 2-1 Haverfordwest County
December 31, 2022: Haverfordwest County 1-1 Pontypridd United
December 26, 2022: Pontypridd United 3-2 Haverfordwest County
December 14, 2019: Haverfordwest County 3-2 Pontypridd Town
Referee: Huw Jones
Assistants: Ian Bird and Connor Thomas
Fourth official: Ben Williams
Observer: Dean John
How to follow
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JD Cymru Premier MD1 fixtures
Friday August 11
Haverfordwest County vs. Pontypridd United (19:45)
The New Saints vs. Connah’s Quay Nomads (19:45)
Saturday August 12
Aberystwyth Town vs. Cardiff Metropolitan (14:30)
Bala Town vs. Barry Town United (14:30)
Newtown vs. Pen-y-Bont (14:30)
Sunday August 13
Colwyn Bay vs. Caernarfon Town (17:15)