BY ROBERT NISBET
This was the kind of performance which you cannot fault, as the brisk, clever and at times brilliant display by the Blues’ young team was capped by a stunning four-goal haul by Lee Trundle and a hat-trick by Danny Williams.
Pontypridd, promoted last season, were rocked by two goals in the first 5 minutes as DANNY WILLIAMS converted after a superb surge through the middle by Alaric Jones. It was then Williams who set up the chance for the second, when he touched on Ben Fawcett’s cross for LEE TRUNDLE to drive in from15 yards.
The wave of attacks continued with Williams and Trundle combining beautifully and Fawcett launching into a couple of dangerous runs. WILLIAMS then scored a brilliant opportunist third when he chased a poor back pass, charged down keeper Burnett’s kick and finished with exemplary coolness.
And then the game was sent into a different stratosphere with what must have been one of finest goals ever seen on the Meadow, as TRUNDLE, boxed in 20 yards out, nudged forward before producing a chip shot which left keeper Burnett beaten to the wide. TRUNDLE produced another wonderful effort 8 minutes later, striding through from the halfway line to out-smart the keeper to complete a 35-minute hat-trick. When Magic Daps’ cross reached Fawcett for his shot to crash against the bar, it was clear that the Blues’ blend of youth and experience was proving near to unplayable.
Since the team had taken a 5-nil lead into half-time, the sizeable crowd was left to wonder how they might follow it in the second half, but TRUNDLE produced a lovely low right-foot finish after a jinking run, and it was 6-nil in the 46th minute. Pontypridd, whose defence relied too much maybe on the offside trap and always looked shaky, were quite lively in attack, forcing eight corners to the Bluebirds’ nine, and deserved their single goal which GAVIN BEDDARD headed in from a corner.
Thereafter ELLIOT SCOTCHER produced another of his trademark free kicks to score the seventh, WILLIAMS produced another fine finish for his hat-trick, TIM HICKS headed in from a corner and sub JACK WILSON, through in a one-on-one, rounded Burnett coolly and slipped in the tenth.
There is no game next Saturday, but on Tuesday 28th August the Blues are at home to Llanelli Town in the Nathaniel MG Cars FAW Cup, kick-off at 7.30.
Haverfordwest: Steve Hall; Matthew Broome; Alaric Jones; Sean Pemberton; Tim Hicks; Ricky Watts; Danny Williams; Elliot Scotcher; Ben Fawcett (Jack Wilson, 60); Lee Trundle (Ashley Bevan, 80); Elliot Thomas (Tom Dyson, 70). Subs not used: Leon Luby, Nick Jones.