Haverfordwest County 2
Aberbargoed Buds 0
THE Bluebirds have gone three points clear at the top of Division One after a 2-0 win over Aberbargoed Buds on Saturday.Like last weekend, conditions were not favourable for a game of football but both teams struggled in gale force winds.
The hosts took the lead with 11 minutes gone. Ricky Watts played a lovely free kick into the box and Sean Pemberton nodded the ball home.
Buds forward Chris Jones looked dangerous and keeper Chris Curtis had to be on his toes whenever they came forward.
The Buds came close to an equaliser late in the first half, but Dale Griffiths was in the right place to clear the ball off the line.
The Blues then had a great chance to take a two goal lead into half time when Steffan Williams was brought down in the area.
The wind had picked up and Chris O’Sullivan had to place the ball on the spot twice, but keeper Asa Kirkwood stayed calm and dived low to produce an excellent save and keep his side in the game.
The Blues had the wind in their sails as they dominated the early stages of the second half and came close on a number of occasions. Matthew Fisher saw his header cleared off the line while Kirkwood kept his side within one goal with a string of fine saves.
The Buds thought they had equalised when Jones put the ball in the net, but it was disallowed for offside.
Both sides pushed forward looking for a goal in the closing minutes, but could not find a way through to goal.
The Buds had Andrew Hughes sent off in injury time and it was only after that the Blues finally made sure of all three points.
Deep into time added on Williams combined well with O’Sullivan before the latter sent Lewis through to score from close range.