Haverfordwest v Druids Match Report

The final match of the season saw Druids again bring a youthful squad to south Wales. A hard graft by all involved, but we ultimately went down 2-0 to The Bluebirds after they converted from two set pieces.

Academy graduate Ben Edwards started his second Cymru Premier match in between the sticks for Druids with Mitchell Williams and Harry Fuller also getting the nod in the starting 11. Our squad’s combined age must have been around 22 or 23 with Matty Marshall and 16 year old Brad Knight also named on the bench. The versatile Stef Edwards, who was captain on the day, slotted in at centre half next to Kieran Smith for the suspended Jacob Wise.

The match kicked off and it was Druids who created the first chance. Edwards found space on the edge of the box and struck a low shot at goal, only for keeper Gajda to be in the right position to claim it. Druids were strong in the opening minutes, winning balls in midfield and working hard as group. However, The Bluebirds began to grow into the game and around the 15 minute mark they earned a number of corners and freekicks, getting balls into our area. Druids initially did well to clear the danger and stay in it, but on 25 minutes, a corner whipped to our near post was flicked on and bundled home by Elliot Scotcher to make it 1-0.

Druids were trying to stay in it and not let our heads drop, however minutes later, a long ball over our defence led to a clash between the onrushing Ben Edwards and Cameron Keetch, resulting in a penalty awarded to Haverfordwest. Ben Edwards produced a brilliant penalty save, guessing the right way and getting up quick enough to parry away the rebound. A massive moment to keep us in the game!

We went into half time 1-0 down, still in it and aiming to pull one back when our chance came. The opening 10 minutes or so of the second half were quite tight, with neither side able to test the opposition keeper. The Bluebirds again got a number of corners and crosses into our box, but Ben Edwards, who had been excellent so far, was in the right position to claim and punch away. On 60 minutes, Joe Faux found an opening just inside the Haverfordwest box, shifting it onto his right foot and curling it towards the top corner but going just wide. Niall Flint and Harry Fuller were also looking threatening up front when our chances came and were trying to test Gajda in the opposition goal.

However, on 75 minutes, after defending and clearing numerous corners again this half, another went in for The Bluebirds. Scott Tancock rose highest in the area and guided his header into the bottom corner, making it 2-0. Brad Knight and Matty Marshall came on shortly after to offer fresh legs and Druids continued pressing and going for it despite the score. But it wasn’t meant to be as the referee blew for fulltime not long after.

Again, our academy graduates of Harry Fuller, Kieran Smith, Brad Knight, Ben Edwards, Matty Marshall and Mitchell Williams all put fantastic shifts in yesterday and can be proud of their efforts.

A season to forget for Druids, but despite the results at the end, the resolve and work rate of the players and coaches cannot be faulted. We want to thank the fans for sticking with us through a tough time, it was just as hard on us as it was for you all. But the only way is up, and a big summer lies ahead for us as we reset and rebuild for next season.

We hope to welcome all our fans back to The Rock next season as we have missed your voices and spirit alongside us. We keep going!

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