Port Talbot 1-2 Haverfordwest County: Season opens with home defeat

Port Talbot Town’s 2017/2018 Welsh Football League Division One campaign kicked off with a 2-1 defeat at home to Haverfordwest County. A depleted Blues squad entered the fixture, with 11 players out due to suspension, injury and other committments.

The game began with both teams looking quite even, the first real action of note came in the 42 minute with the visitors hitting the back of the Port Talbot net. A long-throw for the Bluebirds wasn’t cleared by the Blues defence, allowing for Steff Williams to convert for the away side.

Rhys Owen, who signed from Ammanford in the summer, got the Blues back level on 65 minutes by burying a header from a free-kick just outside the Haverfordwest penalty area.

The visitors regained their lead on 72 minutes with a Kristian Speake strike from 6 yards out evading the grasps of new goalkeeper James Harris.

The Blues will be hoping for a better result in their League Cup opener on Tuesday evening when Ely Rangers visit Victoria Road. Kick off for that one is 7.30pm.

Port Talbot XI: Harris (GK), Miller, Badock, Holmes, Owen, Jones, Finneral, Morgan, Belle (C), Rawlings, Hatley

Attendance: 109

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