Penybont secure Championship conference place after beating Haverfordwest
PENYBONT secured their place in the Championship Conference for the second phase of the JD Cymru Premier after they beat Haverfordwest County on Friday (Apr 2).
Manager Rhys Griffiths will have been delighted with his side, who, prior to Friday’s game, had already gained 11 more points this season than they had in the entirety of the 2019/20 season.
Ahead of the game, Haverfordwest knew they needed to win to stand a chance of moving into the top six.
A County win, coupled with a defeat for Caernarfon Town, could have seen them sneak into sixth place but it wasn’t to be for Wayne Jones’ men.
The Bont applied the pressure early on but were unable to test County keeper Matthew Turner.
There was concern for Turner shortly before the half hour mark as he claimed the ball but fell awkwardly under the challenge of Kane Owen.
After receiving treatment he was taken off to be replaced by Wojciech Gajda.
With 45 minutes on the clock the Bont had a corner which Owen floated in and it was Sam Snaith who got his head to it to score despite the best efforts of Gajda.
It was a big blow to the Bluebirds who would have hoped to have been level at the break.
Three minutes into the second half, Ben Fawcett forced his way through but his effort was blocked by the Bont defender.
On 53 minutes, the ball was played into the box from a free kick and sent back across goal to Snaith. He took one touch to flick the ball up in the air and acrobatically shoot towards goal but Gajda made an excellent save to keep his side in the game.
Five minutes later, the Bont doubled their lead as the ball was played to Mael Davies who sent a low driven shot into the bottom left corner of the net.
Sub Marcus Griffiths had an effort for the visitors but his shot towards the bottom left corner was tame and keeper Morris made a comfortable save.
With just over fifteen minutes to go, the ball was played forward for Fawcett but he couldn’t get enough power on his shot and saw his effort saved by the Bont keeper.
The Bluebirds won a series of corners with seven minutes remaining but they were unable to get an effort in as the Bont defended well.
As the clock ticked towards the 90, the Bluebirds’ task of scoring three goals to win the game became increasingly unlikely.
The Bont saw the game out to seal the win and they can now look forward to the second phase of the season in the Championship conference.
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