After back-to-back home matches in the past week, Haverfordwest County are back on their travels tomorrow when we make the journey north to take on Bala Town at Maes Tegid.
Those past two games both ended in success for the Bluebirds, with the penalty shoot-out win over Baglan Dragons in the second round of the JD Welsh Cup last Saturday followed up by Tuesday night’s morale-boosting victory over Penybont in the JD Cymru Premier.
Following a run of four consecutive losses in all competitions in September, the Lakesiders have recovered their form somewhat in recent weeks with wins over Colwyn Bay and Llandudno in the league and the cup respectively, before they drew 1-1 with Connah’s Quay Nomads at the Essity Stadium on Wednesday night.
It will be almost a year to the day that the two teams last did battle. On that occasion, Colin Caton’s side ran out 4-1 winners at the Ogi Bridge Meadow. The Town took an early lead through Elliot Scotcher, but Jack Wilson was shown a red card – which would later be rescinded – shortly after, and it proved to be a long afternoon for Haverfordwest County.
Tony Pennock’s side currently find themselves them eighth in the standings, with Bala four points and two places higher in sixth. While it is not possible for the Bluebirds to climb the table this weekend, they could close the gap to sixth place to just one point with victory in the foothills of Snowdonia.
Bluebirds midfielder Tyrese Owen will return to the fold after serving a one-game suspension following his sending off at Pontypridd United a fortnight ago. Meanwhile, the hosts will be without Joe Malkin for tomorrow’s game after the forward was shown a second yellow card following the conclusion of Wednesday’s draw with the Nomads.
Bala Town – At a glance
Founded – 1880
Ground – Maes Tegid
Manager – Colin Caton
Captain – Nathan Peate
Last five meetings
October 22, 2022: Haverfordwest County 1-4 Bala Town
August 20, 2022: Bala Town 1-1 Haverfordwest County
December 11, 2021: Haverfordwest County 0-0 Bala Town
October 16, 2021: Haverfordwest County 1-3 Bala Town
September 11, 2021: Bala Town 6-2 Haverfordwest County
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Referee: Aaron Wyn Jones
Assistants: James Sheils and Matthew Johnson
Fourth official: Iolo Williams
Observer: John Davies
How to follow
If you’re not able to make it to Maes Tegid for the game, you can still keep up with the action by following live, play-by-play commentary on our YouTube channel with #TheBluebirdsNest Live, which brings supporters closer to the action! Ryan Evans will be there to describe all the action alongside Bluebirds supporter, Dan Salmom. To listen along, simply follow this link, or click on the video link below.
There will also be play-by-play text updates on our X (formerly Twitter) page.
JD Cymru Premier MD13 fixtures
Kick-off times are 14:30 unless stated
Friday October 20
Aberystwyth Town vs. Newtown (20:00)
Saturday October 21
Bala Town vs. Haverfordwest County
Pontypridd United vs. Connah’s Quay Nomads
Caernarfon Town vs. Cardiff Metropolitan
Colwyn Bay P-P Penybont
Barry Town United vs. The New Saints