Phase 2, Matchday 1 – Druids v Haverfordwest Preview

Tomorrow afternoon, we welcome Haverfordwest County to The Rock to kick off our Phase 2 fixtures! It will be a chance for Druids to reset after a tough run of form since the restart and make the most out of these final 10 games. We have had two solid results against the Bluebirds this season with a narrow 1-1 draw away at Bridge Meadow followed by a resounding 4-1 win at home back in December.

Our opponents, beginning Phase 2 comfortably top of the Play-Off Conference, were unfortunate not to finish in the top 6. Themselves, Caernarfon and Penybont were all within three points of one another going into the final match of Phase 1. Haverfordwest needed to beat Penybont and for Caernarfon to lose against TNS. TNS did end up getting the 3 points, however the Bluebirds lost 2-0 to Penybont and ended up finishing 7th by only 3 points. They have an 8 point lead at the top of the Play-Off Conference and will be looking to maintain that gap and ensure a play-off spot by the end of Phase 2.

The player to watch from our opponents is recent signing Jazz Richards. The fullback has 14 appearances for the Welsh international side with experience in the Premier League and Championship with Swansea and Cardiff City. A big signing for the bluebirds that has brought in experience, quality and some inspiration to the other players. Richards missed out on their last match at Penybont due to injury so it is unclear whether he will be fit for tomorrow. However, if he does return to the side, it will surely lift his teammates around him and offer a big test to the Druids players coming up against him.

Druids played out a disappointing match away at Aberystwyth last Friday in which 3 first half goals ultimately put the game to bed early for Aber. However, we showed a resilient second half, getting one back late on through an Alex Darlington penalty and putting Aber on the back foot for the final stages as we pushed for a comeback. It ultimately wasn’t meant to be as Aber held on for the win. The opening period will be crucial for us tomorrow. Staying in the game and keeping organised will likely grow our confidence and we hopefully won’t need a late comeback to win the match. It has been clear in games and trainings that we are capable of playing some really attractive football and the lads will be looking to show that for longer periods tomorrow.

Cody Ruberto and Joe Faux are both doubts for tomorrow through injury but should be available for the majority of Phase 2 as they near full fitness. However, Josh Green and Alex Darlington will be hoping to return to the side tomorrow. They have both completed a full weeks training after lengthy spells on the sidelines.

A welcome return to the side is Alex Darlington who has been out for a long period with a shoulder followed by an unfortunate calf injury. He came on for the final 15 minutes or so against Aber and made a difference straight away. Getting himself in good pockets between the lines with the ability to score himself and provide opportunities for his teammates. It was his flick that led to us winning the penalty against Aber and he himself stepped up and converted it. If he does get the nod to start tomorrow, it will be a welcome return and hopefully his abilities will help us claim all 3 points.

It’s looking to be a cold but sunny day tomorrow at The Rock and a great opportunity for Druids to start Phase 2 on the right note and carry that confidence into the final 10 games!

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing Covid-19 related restrictions there will be no fans in attendance, but follow our Twitter page for live match updates!

Come on you Druids!

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