January window will be make or break for Haverfordwest County

Another narrow defeat at the weekend condemned Haverfordwest to their 12th loss of the season as they remain rooted, three points adrift, at the bottom of the table. After a five year absence from the Welsh Premier League it’s looking increasingly likely their stay in the top-flight will be a short one.

Indeed, the Pembrokeshire club have found life difficult upon their return to the top-flight having finally scraped their way back following a string of failed promotion attempts from the Welsh League.

After finishing second in the Welsh League table on goals scored, having completed the season equal on points and goal difference with third-place Cardiff Met, Haverfordwest’s WPL campaign has bared little resemblance to that of the league’s other promoted side Llandudno, who’ve taken to the WPL by storm, sitting second in the table with Marc Williams joint top of the list of leading scorers.

Williams is one goal short of Haverfordwest’s entire WPL tally of 13 and there it becomes blatantly obvious where County’s troubles lie.

Haverfordwest have not scored from open play in their last nine games and speaking after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Airbus, manager Wayne Jones rued his side’s lack of quality in the final third.

We’re obviously disappointed with another defeat, again we’ve gone another game without scoring which is a worry to ourselves but in the main I thought we competed well but that’s probably been the story of our season – competing well but not taking our chances at the other end.

We’re not creating enough… our work-rate is something I’ve got no problem with as our guys are putting a lot of shifts in but the technical side of it something that we’re lacking.

We’ve signed two already and hopefully a striker as well.

Haverfordwest last night confirmed the arrival of two midfielders in Scott McCoubrey and Kristian Speake, who Jones will be hoping inject some much-needed creativity but it will be the impact that a potential goalscorer makes that will truly determine whether the Bluebirds can successively battle against the drop.

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