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Cwm do the double over Bluebirds

CWMAMMAN United once again showed their qualities as they did the double over Haverfordwest County on Saturday (Mar 9), beating them 3-2 at Grenig Park.

The Blues beat the Bluebirds by the same scoreline in November at the Bridge Meadow but with both sides looking to consolidate their places near the top of the table this was always going to be a fascinating battle.

It started slowly with both sides probing and after ten minutes Cwm had the only half chance with a great through ball to Ryan Hurlow who saw his shot saved.

The game then saw a key moment when the Bluebirds’ No 9 Ben Fawcett was sent off for a reckless two footed tackle on Colin Harris.

Initially this did not seem to affect Haverfordwest who kept to their calm structured build ups and their 10 men were having the better of the game.

They were then rewarded when a long through ball evaded the Cwm defence and Wilson rounded the keeper for 1-0.

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Cwm were stirring though and Ashley Johns, Declan John and Calem Rees were now finding space from the back with Ross Morgan, Harris and Ryan Thomas increasingly dominant in midfield but Cwm could just not find the killer pass.

Chris Curtis in goal who was continually marshalling his defence was called upon to produce some important blocks as Haverfordwest resorted to the counter attack.

It was Cwm however who got the break just before half time when Nathan Mcneill powered a magnificent header home for 1-1.

From the very start of the second half Cwm could smell blood and they then entered a dominant 25 minute period where they created a number of chances and scored twice.

With Chrissy Allen now linking well with wingers Ashley Curtis and Hurlow the pressure had to tell.

First Hurlow chased a ball to the byline and despite a heavy tackle managed to regain his feet and twist and squeeze the ball in past the despairing keeper.

The third goal came after two great efforts from Ryan Thomas with Hurlow again on the scene for the second one to tap the rebound home.

The final twenty minutes saw a change in the dynamic as the Bluebirds chased the game and Cwm sat back on their lead.

The injured Mcneill was replaced by Ben Thomas and Cwm then brought on club captain Gareth Howarth returning from injury and Brieg Matthews.

The inevitable happened and with five minutes remaining Haverfordwest were awarded a penalty which they emphatically put away to make it 2-3.

That set up a nervous last few minutes for both the Cwm players and the crowd but they saw it through for what was an excellent victory.

It doesn’t get any easier for Cwm as they travel to Bridgend to play unbeaten top of the table Penybont on Saturday (Mar 16) at 2:30pm.

On the same day Haverfordwest will look to bounce back as they host second from bottom Taffs Well.

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