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Bluebirds stuck in the mud

Chance: Sam Rodon’s header goes narrowly over as the rain comes down
Chance: Sam Rodon’s header goes narrowly over as the rain comes down

Haverfordwest County 0
Airbus UK 1

HAVERFORDWEST COUNTY slipped further into relegation trouble as they were beaten 1-0 at a wet Bridge Meadow Stadium. The game was played in pouring rain for the majority of the match but the Haverfordwest pitched coped well with the elements. However, the slippery surface led to an even first period with neither side being able to find a way to goal. The deciding moment in the game came twenty minutes from time and the defeat leaves the Bluebirds bottom of the table, five points from safety with four games to go.

Both sides had chances early on with Airbus’ Tom Field coming close but his shot was well saved by Bluebirds keeper Craig Morris. Sam Rodon came closest to opening the scoring shortly before half time but his curling effort went inches over the bar. The whistle went with the score still 0-0 with both sides still in with a chance of taking all three points. Airbus threatened early on in the second half but Andy Jones saw a header go narrowly wide of the right hand post.

Moments later the Bluebirds had a free kick wide on the right hand side but the kick came to nothing as Airbus cleared the danger. With twenty minutes to go the opening goal was scored as a cross into the six yard box was held up in the mud and Tony Gray was quickest to react, sliding in the mud to poke the ball over the line. The Bluebirds came back and Sam Rodon came close again but his header went just over the bar.

Luke Borelli also had a late chance but his long range effort was saved by the Airbus keeper. In the closing stages, Ryan Batley sent a ball into the box which Airbus eventually managed to scramble away. The Bluebirds now have four games remaining to try and get themselves out of trouble, starting with a double-header against Aberystwyth Town. The first of those is at the Bridge Meadow on Boxing Day (Dec 26) and the Bluebirds will be hoping that the pitch will have recovered from the soaking it had in the past week. They play the return fixture in Aberystwyth on New Years Day before two final away games against Bala and Bangor. Aberystwyth beat Bangor 4-0 on Saturday (Dec 19) and they will be looking to close the gap to the top six.