PICTURE by Haverfordwest County AFC
MANY had expected Haverfordwest County to struggle upon their return to the JD Cymru Premier for the 2020/21 season, but Wayne Jones’ side haven’t done too badly so far.
Two wins, four draws and four losses in their first ten matches of the campaign has place the Bluebirds in seventh place in the table with ten points as it stands (although they have played one game more than every other club).
Their most impressive performance so far came at the start of October, when they walked away from Bala Town’s Maes Tegid ground with three points intact thanks to a late 2-1 victory. A new Welsh top-flight star was born for the club that afternoon as Jack Wilson popped up with an injury-time winner to put his name into the headlines.
That was to be the start of a very successful month for the player, in which he scored four goals in five matches. For that reason, I’ve personally chosen Wilson as my JD Cymru Player of the Month due to his outstanding contribution to his club.
Having scored seven goals in 24 matches for Haverfordwest as they were promoted from the Cymru South division last season, Wilson has already more than proved that he has what it takes to play at the highest level – especially given the fact that he is only 19 years old.
A product of the Bluebirds academy, Wilson signed a new deal with Haverfordwest last Friday, which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2021/22 season at least.
Following on from his goal at Bala, he netted again in what could prove to be a crucial 2-0 victory at Flint Town United on October 10, before scoring and initially putting Haverfordwest 1-0 up away to TNS (although the home side eventually won 3-2) on October 24 and finishing a fine month with a late equaliser against Bala Town in the 1-1 draw on Saturday (below).
Wilson is forming a formidable partnership with fellow attacker Jack Williams, 21, who has netted six goals this season, and the pair are firm favourites at the Bridge Meadow Stadium by now despite their young age.
I could have gone for any of the impressive TNS trio of Greg Draper, Ben Clark or Louis Robles who all had a great month or even for Steff Davies who’s been on fire for Aberystwyth or the ever-green Chris Venables over at Bala Town.
But for me, Wilson is the one who deserves the credit this month for the way he’s stepped up for a club that, although unfancied, could yet enjoy a great comeback season in Wales’ top flight.
Congratulations Jack and keep up the great work!