Llanelli Town AFC 628


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Haverfordwest County FC

Llanelli Town AFC v
Haverfordwest County FC

Kick off:19:30 Friday, 6 Oct 2006
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Attendance: 341

Referee: Wayne Tregonning

Jacob's Cracker wins it for Reds

<1><3r>In a very windy Stebonheath, the Reds continued their excellent run of form with a well earned 3-2 win over Haverfordwest. Barely had Peter Nicholas left the field after he was presented with the Principality Welsh Premier League Manager of the Month for September and his side had taken the lead. Lee Phillips who was playing wide on the right found himself behind the County back four and he finished past Lee Kendall with aplomb. The lead was short lived though, as barely before the announcement of the goal was completed, Tim Hicks found himself in as much space and his finish into the left corner was as cool as the Llanelli skippers'.

The next chance was Llanelli's and it came after a neat flick from Neil Thomas and after contributions from Gary Lloyd and Craig Williams down the left, a Jacob Mignorance header was met by Phillips at the far post but he couldn't connect and the ball drifted agonisingly wide.

After further chances for Rhys Griffiths and Antonio Corbisiero, Mignorance made a great break and fed Grifftiths who played an unselfish ball to Craig Williams and the winger tucked his effort pas Kendall to regain the lead.

Further pressure from Llanelli led to a Corbisiero shot straight at Kendall and Mignorance shot over the bar in what was one way traffic. Lee Phillips who looked very comfortable wide on the right beat Wayne Jones for pace and his perfect cross onto Griffiths' head was disappointingly struck over by the usually potent striker.

Peter Nicholas was left to rue the missed opportunities as just before Half Time, against the run of play a mix up between former Bluebird Wyn Thomas and Gary Lloyd let Tim Hicks in and he capitalised to score his second to take the teams in at Half Time equal.

<2>The second half was open and frantic as the home side pushed for the winner and it was left to Spanish striker Jacob Mignorance to score a terrifc goal that was worthy of winning any game. His mazy run from 35 meters out on 67 minutes created the space for his piledriver to beat Lee Kendell from the edge of the box.

Just before the winner Kendall pulled off the save of the match when Phil Cattlin headed towards his own goal and a great one handed reaction save was out of the top drawer. It wasn't to be Rhys Griffiths' night as he inexcusably hit over the bar from 2 metres out.

Following the game Peter Nicholas said "I was pleased with the result and thought we played really well in the first half, not so much in the second but a great result all the same."

New Haverfordwest Manager Derek Brazil was unable to attend the game as he is in Dublin for his brother's wedding, but the reports he will get will be positive as the Bluebirds battled very hard against their full time counterparts.