Haverfordwest County bow out – but with their credibility intact

For some time now it’s been a case of when, not if, Haverfordwest County will be relegated and the knockout blow was finally delivered when they were beaten 5-2 at Bangor City last weekend.

After years of trying to win back their place in the WPL, it’s sad to see County make an immediate return back to the Welsh League, especially considering the lack of clubs in South Wales with the capacity to make the step up from the second tier into the top-flight.

It was always going to be a huge challenge for the Bluebirds to maintain their place in the WPL and ultimately it was the lack of goals within the side which undermined any attempt they mustered to be competitive.

What has been impressive however is that throughout their campaign, they haven’t suffered any embarrassing scorelines and have made their opponents work for their points – their loss to Bangor was the first time they’d conceded five, and a narrow 1-0 defeat away to Carmarthen Town last night again shows that the Haverfordwest have no intention of throwing the towel in. With an inexperienced squad  which lacks depth, manager Wayne Jones deserves credit for maintaining that level of commitment from his side week in, week out and for that Haverfordwest County can leave the WPL with their heads held high.

Speaking to Sgorio after that defeat to Bangor, Wayne Jones confirmed that the club are intent on bouncing back at first attempt and I for one, hope we don’t have to wait too long before Pembrokeshire is once again represented in the WPL.

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