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Match Preview: Haverfordwest County vs Bala Town

The Lakesiders bring Part One of the JD Cymru Premier season to a close down in Pembrokeshire, as we take on Haverfordwest County on Matchday 22. With the Town's Top Six spot already secured, the hosts are still chasing the last remaining spot, although they must hope for a slip up from Caernarfon Town.

The Lakesiders secured their top six spot with a superb win over Newtown last time out, as a brace from Joe Malkin would lead us to victory despite trailing after 70 minutes of the match.

The Bluebirds dropped points in their previous outing against Aberystwyth Town, with only a point from a 1-1 draw being gained, meaning they now rely on a slip from Caernarfon Town if they are to have any chance of earning a Top Six spot.

The Match

Haverfordwest County vs Bala Town

Cymru Premier MD-22

Bridge Meadow Lane, Sydney Rees Wy, Haverfordwest SA61 2EX

Saturday 13th of January, 5:15pm kick-off

Insight into our opponents

Form: (Domestic Only) 

(A) Aberystwyth Town 1-1 - JD Cymru Premier MD21

(H) Barry Town 2-0 - JD Cymru Premier MD20

(H) The New Saints 0-1 - JD Cymru Premier MD19

(A) Caernarfon Town 0-1 - JD Cymru Premier MD18

(H) Cardiff Met 1-1 (Met win on penalties) - JD Welsh Cup Round Four

(H) Cardiff Met 1-1 - JD Cymru Premier MD17

Danger Man

Martell Taylor-Crossdale - The 24 year old is Haverfordwest's top scorer in the league this season with seven goals, and has been in some fine form lately, scoring vital goals against Barry Town and Aberystwyth Town in his last two outings. Taylor-Crossdale joined the Bluebirds last summer prior to their European campaign and would play a big part in the first leg of their second qualifying round tie against B36 Torshavn, as he kept the tie alive with an 80th minute goal to take the game into the second leg with a 2-1 aggregate scoreline. The Forward will be looking to help his side push for the last remaining top six place before the split, depending on should results go their way.

Previous Meetings  

Since Haverfordwest's promotion to the top division, they have been victors on just one occasion, as Jack Wilson's late goal in the first competitive meeting between the two sides meant the Bluebirds would take all three points back down the Pembrokeshire. The Town have been the victors in four of the eight competitive meetings between the two sides, along with three draws. The last meeting was a 2-0 victory for the Lakesiders at Maes Tegid in late October last year, as a brace from George Newell secured the three points.

Match Officials   

Referee - Iwan Arwel Griffith

Assistant Referee 1 - Christopher Jordan

Assistant Referee 2 - Connor Thomas

Fourth Official - Alex McInch

Referee Observer - Edward James King

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