St. Ishmaels 1
HAKIN United maintained their good start to the season with a strong performance against St Ishmaels on Saturday.
The warning signs were there early on, and St Ishmaels could not cope with the Hakin attack and it was no surprise when they took the lead. With 13 minutes gone James Stanmore passed the ball down the line for Ashley Bevan who crossed into the box for Adam Davies to poke in at the back post.
Stanmore and Bevan combined again with 20 minutes gone and after Bevan was brought down in the area, Steven Allen stepped up to smash the penalty into the top corner.
But St Ishmaels stunned their opponents three minutes later when Gareth Cheshire headed in Adrian Howell’s corner.
Bevan was causing problems for St Ishmaels and his cross with half an hour gone swerved towards goal, but keeper Jonathan Pawlett tipped it onto the crossbar and away from danger. Five minutes before half time Hakin made it 3-1 when James Stanmore floated in a free kick and keeper Pawlett, unsighted by the sun, was unfortunate to see it go over his head and into the goal.
A minute into the second half the Vikings effectively ended the game when they added a fourth goal. The ball was headed on by Bevan and Michael Cooper was on hand to knock the ball in.
With ten minutes to go Hakin were awarded another penalty when Davies was brought down by Brendan Devonald. Allen stepped up again but this time keeper Pawlett dived well to his left to produce a great save and keep the score at 4-1.
That was the end of the action and the win means that second placed Hakin kept the pressure on table toppers Narberth.