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[quote name='JackJCFC']Destroyed in europe but at least your getting some big wins in the league.[/QUOTE]

Well, they say you learn more from defeat than victory, and my European exploits have certainly taught me a little about my team. Desperate for the treble now though...

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[U]February[/U]

Welsh Cup
[B]Haverfordwest[/B] 5-1 Holyhead
A brace from Hopkinson, one from Higgins, another from Reilly and an OG put us in the hat for the next round.

WPL [B]Haverfordwest[/B] 2-0 Aberystwyth
An OG and an Ashmore stunner secured yet another home win.

WPL Llanelli 1-0 [B]Haverfordwest[/B]
23 shots on goal to their 4, yet on the wrong end of the result. Ouch.

WPL [B]Haverfordwest[/B] 3-0 Bala
A good recovery, and after Martin Reilly scored his 50th goal for the club we were always in command. Higgins scored a second right on half time, before James Ashmore grabbed the third and put the game beyind Bala.

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[U]March[/U]

Welsh Cup Quarter Final
[B]Haverfordwest[/B] 5-2 Bala
Our second meeting in the space of a few days led to another good win, although we had let a 2 goal lead slip. Tim Hopkinson and Alan Lynch had us in front early on before Bala got back into it. Higgins put us back in front in the 65th minute before Joe Jones and Bridge-Wilkinson sealed our progress into another semi final.

WPL Carmarthen 1-2 [B]Haverfordwest[/B]
Goals from Bridge-Wilkinson and Martin Reilly settled this one, putting us 8 points clear in the process. Our next match is against our closest challengers...

WPL Neath 0-2 [B]Haverfordwest[/B]
Martin Reilly's double gave us a massive win, and with five games left to play we can nearly taste the title.

WPL Aberystwyth 0-3 [B]Haverfordwest[/B]
Hopkinson and an Alan Lynch double secured a great win at the home of our rivals.

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[quote name='deltablue']Llanelli still a pain I see.[/QUOTE]

Yeah, definitely away from home they are.

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[U]April[/U]

WPL [B]Haverfordwest[/B] 3-1 LLanelli
Despite falling behind early on, a goal from my two centre halves Jones and Hughes turned it around, before Ashmore sealed it from the spot. A huge crowd of 503 saw it, too.

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[I]Welsh Cup Semi final[/I]
Airbus 1-1 [B]Haverfordwest[/B] (aet, 1-3 on penalties)
This was a war of attrition. Once Joe Jones put us in front with 10min left to play, I thought we were in the final. However, we conceded straight away, and it went to pens. Luckily, we held our nerve and progress to the final.
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WPL Bala 0-2 [B]Haverfordwest[/B]
An early Tim Hopkinson tap in, and a 30 yarder from Marc Bridge-Wilkinson gives us another 3 points, and equals our points tally of last year with 2 games left to play.

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[U][CENTER][B][SIZE=7]The Loosemore League Cup Final[/SIZE][/B][/CENTER][/U]
[CENTER][U][I][SIZE=6]Saturday 4th May 2013[/SIZE][/I][/U][/CENTER]
[B][U][CENTER][SIZE=6]Carmarthen Town FC Vs Haverfordwest County AFC[/SIZE][/CENTER][/U][/B]
[I][U][CENTER][SIZE=7]The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff[/SIZE][/CENTER][/U][/I]

So a repeat then of my last League Cup final from a couple of seasons ago, and a meeting with a big rival to boot. We've a good record in my time, having won 8 out of 9 games against them, including the 4-1 scoreline in the previous cup final. We've won 9 games in a row in recent weeks too, but this is cup football! Let's see what happens... No real injury news of note, although there's a little tiredness in the squad.

[B]First half[/B]

Not the best of starts, we fell behind early on after our offside trap was breached and [B]Craig Frater[/B] smashed Carmarthen into the lead. Luckily we rallied, and despite Alan Lynch having a goal ruled out for offside, [B]Tim Hopkinson[/B] grabbed us a leveller just before half time.

[I]Half time: Carmarthen 1-1 Haverfordwest[/I]

[B]Second half[/B]

It was our turn to start the second half quickly, and after a bit of early pressure [B]Tim Hopkinson[/B] latched onto Bridge-Wilkinson's through ball and buried his second of the game. Carmarthen responded by going all out attack, but that led to another break and [B]Martin Reilly[/B] slotted home a third. Game. Over.

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Two down....

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[U]May[/U]

WPL [B]Haverfordwest[/B] 1-0 Neath
A much changed side ahead of the league cup final, and we secured a win thanks to new striker Liam Dickinson's first for the club.

WPL [B]Haverfordwest[/B] 3-1 Carmarthen
Again a much changed side, with the second cup final to come. Dickinson made it 2 in 2, before youngster Rivers and Matty Hughes got the others.

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[B][U][CENTER][SIZE=7]The Welsh Cup Final[/SIZE][/CENTER][/U][/B]
[CENTER][SIZE=6][U]Saturday 11th May 2013[/U][/SIZE]
[SIZE=6][U][I]Haverfordwest County AFC Vs Port Talbot Town FC[/I][/U][/SIZE]
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Back for another cup final looking to secure a treble, and to retain the cup at the same time. Port Talbot had had an average season really, finishing in 7th place which is probably disappointing after qualifying for Europe last year. I'm feeling pretty confident of beating them, but it wouldn't be the biggest shock if I get beaten. I'm pretty much at full strength for the game too, although super sub Lynch is missing. Dickinson will get a place on the three man subs bench then after his recent form.

[B]First half[/B]

A dream start. A Port Talbot goal kick only reached the half way line, and Rooney's header put [B]Tim Hopkinson[/B] in, who drilled the ball into the net after 4 minutes. Port Talbot responded well though, and from a 17th minute corner, [B]Lee Ratcliffe[/B] rose like a salmon and levelled the game. Worryingly, we also lost Ashmore to injury just before the break.

[I]Half time: Haverfordwest 1-1 Port Talbot[/I]

[B]Second half[/B]

Not much to report second half, although there was a scare when David Cowan's pass back was pounced on by a Port Talbot striker, but Phil Imray came to the rescue.

[I]Full time: Haverfordwest 1-1 Port Talbot[/I]

[B]Extra time[/B]

Extra time was very lively, with Port Talbot hitting the post from a 30 yard free kick after the first minute. Imray was forced into a couple of saves before we finally got on top, and Bridge-Wilkinson fed [B]Hopkinson[/B] who drilled home from 18 yards. In the second half of extra time they couldn't live with us, and Dickinson's header took a huge deflection of defender Kye Edwards for an [B]own goal[/B]. Victory in the bag...

Final score
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[B][U][CENTER][SIZE=5]Haverfordwest County AFC: Season Summary 2012/13[/SIZE][/CENTER][/U][/B]

[U]League[/U]

Media prediction: 3rd
Finished: 1st (champions)

[U]Cups[/U]

Welsh Cup: Winners
Loosemore League Cup: Winners

[U]Top scorers[/U]

Tim Hopkinson (34 apps/ 23 goals)
Martin Reilly (48 apps/ 23 goals)
Alan Lynch (27 apps/ 13 goals)

[U]Positives[/U]

Where to start! Qualifying for the Champions League group stages? Winning all the domestic trophies? Winning the championship with record points and goals? Impossible to put a definitive answer on it, but needless to say it's been a heck of a good season. Considering after the Champions League knock out I was considering tearing up the squad, I'm pretty convinced now that each and every one of them deserve another shot at Europe, but we shall see what bargains I can uncover in the transfer window. The signing of Bridge-Wilkinson was pretty inspired I think, and not only did he make 21 goals in all competitions he scored nine from midfield, too. Joe Jones, who was signed simply as he was a youngster who would help fulfil the league's criteria for 2 U19 players in a match squad, has been absolutely brilliant. And then there's the form of Hopkinson, who despite missing weeks and weeks through injury grabbed 23 goals.

[U]Concerns[/U]

The only concern is the mauling we took in Europe, but that's pretty low on the list. Just making the group stages in only our second season in European competition was an achievement in itself in my opinion.

[U]Ambitions[/U]

I'm not going to expect to win the treble again, but retaining the league has to be target number 1. Anything else is a bonus. European football would be good again, but we'll see where we go...

[U]League table[/U]

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[U]Surprise of the season[/U]

Not sure if still counts as a surprise, but my U19s good form continued and they won their title, with my reserves missing about by 2 points.

[U]Player of the season[/U]

Tim Hopkinson

[U]Average attendance[/U]

377 in league (increase of 4)
530 in all competitions (increase of 63)

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[quote name='deltablue']Proper job![/QUOTE]

Yep, it's been pretty good. Can't wait to get the new season underway now....

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Great season, hopefully you can make group stages.

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Excellent season overall,just wait till your facilities improve as your u19's and reserves will probably start walking their leagues :D

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[quote name='JackJCFC']Great season, hopefully you can make group stages.[/QUOTE]

Fingers crossed, although maybe I can be a little more competitive this time!

[quote name='B.W.G']Excellent season overall,just wait till your facilities improve as your u19's and reserves will probably start walking their leagues :D[/QUOTE]

I'd like to be able to bring a couple of youngsters through, so the facilities will help. It'd also be nice to see some general improvement amongst the squad, and so having new facilities and going full time will help there...

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hows your scouting network doing btw? have you managed to get scouts around europe?

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Nope, I'm still just scouting the UK & Ireland, but that's deliberate to be honest. I'm trying (at least for now) to stick to British and Irish players in my squad.... which is a change for me! I'm normally a non-league/ lower league Arsene Wenger...

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[B][SIZE=5][U]Haverfordwest County AFC: Season preview 2013/14[/U][/SIZE][/B][/CENTER]

Media prediction: 1st
Board expectation: Win the championship

So expectations of the board and the media have increased after last year, which I suppose is understandable. The club though have at least responded with a very decent budget for the new season, which has seriously tempted me in the transfer window. However, I'm likely to have another season of signing freebies and instead just offer the players who've won all these trophies a decent pay hike. Anyway, here's that budget:

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It's been relatively quiet in the transfer window as I've decided to largely stick with what I have. Yes, it might make Europe difficult again, but I surely can't get a group as bad as last year if I make it through, right? Besides, this is about building for the future, and the relatively young players I've been looking for haven't been willing to sign yet. Maybe two or three more years and our reputation will improve enough to make having this huge transfer budget worthwhile!

This season there have been a few more fringe players looking to leave, and several moves have gone through already. These are:

Nigel Nieta to Hibernian (£35,000)
Rene Howe to Cheltenham (£10,000)
Joe Lolley to Southport
Shane Sweeney to Forest Green
Edwin Ellis (free)
Matthew Thompson (free)

I'm also trying to get rid of Louis Swanson and Chris Oldfield, so I'll update this if they leave between now and the winow closing in September.

Players arriving have all been 18 and under, but the player I'm most impressed with is below:

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He's expensive, my biggest earner by nearly £400p/w, but as a one off I think we can afford him. Richards was released on a free by Man City, and if I can find the right strike partner for him I have massively high hopes. Certainly gives me a few headache problems up front, but that's a good thing. I've now got five first team strikers if I don't include Howe and Nieta, and three of them have scored 50+ goals for the club. I've also signed three young midfielders, generally to help with the U19 rule for league games.

Here's my European draw, too.

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Bloody friendlies!

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[B][CENTER][SIZE=5]European qualifiers[/SIZE][/CENTER][/B]

[I]CL 2nd Qualifying round 1st leg[/I]

[B]Haverfordwest[/B] 4-0 FH
A dream of a first leg, and an incredible debut from Steven Richards. He scored 2 and made one for Higgins in his first game, and Joe Jones sealed off the victory. A dream of a European game.

[I]CL 2nd Qualifying round 2nd leg[/I]
FH 1-3 [B]Haverfordwest[/B] (1-7 on aggregate)
Goals from Tim Hopkinson, James Ashmore and Jarret Rivers give us a great away win.

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[B][CENTER][SIZE=5]European qualifiers[/SIZE][/CENTER][/B]

[I]CL 3rd Qualifying round 1st leg[/I]
[B]Haverfordwest[/B] 4-1 Unirea Urziceni
Another really strong home performance, with Richard once again bagging a double. James Ashmore scored the other two to put us in an incredibly strong position for the second leg.

[I]CL 3rd Qualifying round 2nd leg[/I]
Unirea Urziceni 6-1 [B]Haverfordwest[/B] (aet)
Absolutely gutted. It was like we were a completely different team, and after conceding just 30 seconds in, they got a second when Jones dropped down injured while they were clean through on goal! Hopkinson got us back into it, but ultimately there were too many poor performances. Don't fancy my chances of making the Europa League!

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Wow what happened there! you got smashed!!

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[quote name='JackJCFC']Wow what happened there! you got smashed!![/QUOTE]

Too many poor defensive displays, unfortunately. It was a bit of a shock though!

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[U]August[/U]

WPL Llanelli 0-4 [B]Haverfordwest[/B]
Higgins, Hughes, Richards and Richard Dunn on his debut settled a tough opening fixture.

[I]Europa League Play Off first leg[/I]
Dnipro 1-1 [B]Haverfordwest[/B]
We fell behind early on, and I was expecting another European hiding. However, we got right back into the match, and Matty Hughes grabbed a potentially massive away goal with a thumping header Ashmore's corner.

WPL [B]Haverfordwest[/B] 0-0 Carmarthen
Typical European hangover type performance. At least we got a point.

[I]Europa League Play Off second leg[/I]
[B]Haverfordwest[/B] 2-1 Dnipro
Bonkers. After 20 minutes we found ourself behind, and in fairness it could have been 5. Very lucky to get to half time just one behind, although two substitutions were enforced thanks to injury. Rather than go like-for-like and knowing we needed to score 2, I decided to go for it, and brought on another striker. We got back into it in the 69th minute through a thumping header from Higgins, and it looked like extra time. However, things changed again when David Cowan was dismissed in time added on, but the free kick was caught by Imray and launched forwards to Dickinson. He raced through and just as he was about to shoot, he was fouled in the area. James Ashmore held his nerve in the 97th minute, and thundered his penalty into the top corner.

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Hoping I can pick up a point from this group.....

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That Champions League 2nd match was a bit of a whiplash. Hopefully the Europa League offers a decent chance at some European movement. Good progress for a Welsh side! :)

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[quote name='cerud']That Champions League 2nd match was a bit of a whiplash. Hopefully the Europa League offers a decent chance at some European movement. Good progress for a Welsh side! :)[/QUOTE]

It was really tough to take, especially after playing so well against them at home. Still, I'm more than happy with the Europa League consolation, and maybe if I can pick up a win it'll be better for my reputation too. Can't be any worse than last year!

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[U]September[/U]

WPL Afan Lido 1-2 [B]Haverfordwest[/B]
A much changed side as there was a lot of tiredness from the European game, and we started terribly. A goal down after three minutes, but Martin Reilly quickly restored parity, and Richard Dunn got the winner just before half time.

WPL [B]Haverfordwest[/B] 3-0 Bangor City
One from Higgins and 2 from Nathan Rooney set up another home win, and take us to the top of the league for the first time this season.

[I]Europa League Group H[/I]
[B]Haverfordwest[/B] 1-0 Ankaragucu
Nathan Rooney's 25 yard strike was enough to give us our first ever win in the group stages of European football. Happy days!

WPL [B]Haverfordwest[/B] 2-1 Prestatyn
Very wasteful and messy performance, but we got the win in the end. Richards and Dunn with the goals.

WPL Aberystwyth 1-4 [B]Haverfordwest[/B]
Goals from Jones, Richards, Rooney and Ashmore decided this one, although I've had an argument with Hopkinson about his recent form. Hopefully he'll come back and find the net!

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:mad::mad::mad:

Having an absolute nightmare with injuries.....

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[U]October[/U]

[I]Europa League Group H[/I]
Catania 4-1 [B]Haverfordwest[/B]
Another tough European game, although the score line was harsh on us. First half was very even, and when Tim Hopkinson levelled right on half time, I thought we were in with a shout. The second half was a different matter, although a much bigger concern was losing not one, not two but THREE strikers to injury. There's only five at the club!

Couldn't resist making a signing...

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WPL [B]Haverfordwest[/B] 8-0 Cwmbran Celtic
Wow, what a debut that was! Loy scored two and made three more, with Richards bagging three, a Jones header, a Mitchell screamer and an OG. No idea what I'm going to do when all my strikers are fit, but I'll worry about that later!

[I]Loosemore League Cup[/I]
Llanelli 2-2 [B]Haverfordwest[/B] (aet, 3-4 on pens)
I was fearing the worst for this after my squad was decimated by international call ups. Worse still when we fell behind after 30 seconds, but Laurence Gaughan equalised for a first time, and James Ashmore took the tie to extra time. Luckily we held our nerve on penalties.

WPL Port Talbot 0-3 [B]Haverfordwest[/B]
An OG, a Danny Murphy penalty and a screamer from Rooney continue our great start to the domestic season.

[I]Europa League Group H[/I]
Marseille 3-0 [B]Haverfordwest[/B]
Better than last year, but only marginally. Still, I'm finding the EL a little more enjoyable than the CL so far...

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For the record, that's 4 out of 6 strikers injured, and one ineligible for Europe. So frustrating

[I]Loosemore League Cup Quarter final[/I]
Prestatyn 0-5 [B]Haverfordwest[/B]
Well, at least my fit strikers found the net! Two from Loy, one from Lynch, and a double from Rivers send us into the semis for a fourth successive year.

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Shame about the injuries but at least you got a european win!

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[quote name='JackJCFC']Shame about the injuries but at least you got a european win![/QUOTE]

Yep, and as yet I'm not bottom of the group!

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[U]November[/U]

WPL TNS 1-3 [B]Haverfordwest[/B]
Dickinson scored on his return, as did Marc Bridge-Wilkinson and an OG rounded things off.

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[I]Europa League Group H[/I]
[B]Haverfordwest[/B] 0-3 Marseille
Ouch.

[I]Loosemore League Cup Semi final 1st leg[/I]
Neath 1-6 [B]Haverfordwest[/B]
A brilliant first leg, with goals from Dickinson, Bridge-Wilkinson, Loy, Ashmore, Mitchell and an OG

[I]Loosemore League Cup Semi final 2nd leg[/I]
[B]Haverfordwest[/B] 1-0 Neath (7-1 on aggregate)
Again we were decimated by call ups, but a Matty Hughes goal meant an emphatic semi final win, which sends us into a third League Cup final.

WPL [B]Haverfordwest[/B] 4-1 Llanelli
Two from Bridge-Wilkinson, one from Rooney and a Dickinson header gives us our ninth league win in 10 games.

[I]Welsh Cup[/I]
[B]Haverfordwest[/B] 4-0 Bridgend
Two more from Loy, a screamer of a free kick from Bridge-Wilkinson and a tap in from Hopkinson puts us into the next round.

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[U]December[/U]

WPL Carmarthen 1-2 [B]Haverfordwest[/B]
A goal from Nathan Rooney and a last gasp Rory Loy finish secured another win.

[I]Europa League Group H[/I]
Ankaragucu 1-4 [B]Haverfordwest[/B]
Best ever result of this career. A double from Hopkinson, a lovely chip from Bridge-Wilkinson and a Rooney stunner gives us another European win. We can't progress but to take six points is definite progress.

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WPL [B]Haverfordwest[/B] 3-0 Afan Lido
Higgins, Loy and Dunn rounded off a great week for the club.

WPL [B]Haverfordwest[/B] 3-0 Neath
Another solid win which takes us 13 points clear at the top of the league. Goals from Jones, Loy and Hopkinson settled it.

WPL Bangor City 0-1 [B]Haverfordwest[/B]
Looked like a 0-0 banker, but a late Hopkinson goal secured another league win.

[I]Europa League Group H[/I]
[B]Haverfordwest[/B] 0-2 Catania
This could have gone either way, but I can't complain with my Europa League exploits. I took five points more than I hoped for!
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WPL Prestatyn 0-4 [B]Haverfordwest[/B]
A double from Hopkinson, a screamer from Rooney, and Richards' first goal for more than 8 hours sealed it.

WPL [B]Haverfordwest[/B] 5-0 Aberystwyth
The league form continues. Goals from Bridge-Wilkinson, Hopkinson, Loy and a double from Jones ensures a great win.

WPL [B]Haverfordwest[/B] 1-1 Bala
Not a particularly good performance, but a Steven Richards header ensured a share of the spoils.

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[B][CENTER][SIZE=5]Mid season report 2013/14[/SIZE][/CENTER][/B]

So far so good for this particular campaign. Our home form has been almost perfect, progressing into the final of the league cup. still being in the Welsh Cup and dropping just four points in the league. Although getting knocked out of the Champions League was a big disappointment, qualifying for the Europa League was a decent commiseration prize, and winning two games was brilliant. Quite happy with my squad so far as well, and while the signing of Loy was forced on me by injuries, he's turned into a cracker of a striker. Anyway, here's the table so far:

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Off the field, we've more than £6m in the bank after our training ground and youth facilities have been upgraded. I'm hoping we can get the facilities improved again, but we'll see how we go.

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[U]January[/U]

WPL Cwmbran Celtic 0-4 [B]Haverfordwest[/B]
Two for Bridge-Wilkinson and 2 for Loy gives us another thumping victory.

WPL [B]Haverfordwest[/B] 2-0 Port Talbot
Bridge-Wilkinson and Hopkinson were the difference here.

WPL Neath 2-2 [B]Haverfordwest[/B]
Very nearly led to a first defeat of the season, but a late Steven Richards double ensured we picked up a point.

WPL [B]Haverfordwest[/B] 0-0 TNS
Very average performance.

WPL Bala 1-1 [B]Haverfordwest[/B]
Gah. Another late goal conceded cost us. Williams with our goal.

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[U]February[/U]

[I]Welsh Cup[/I]
[B]Haverfordwest[/B] 6-0 Mold Alex
Two goals each for strikers Loy, Hopkinson and Dickinson see us progress.

WPL TNS 0-4 [B]Haverfordwest[/B]
Changed my system slightly, and it seems to have worked. Goals from Dunn, Richards and a double from Loy.

WPL [B]Haverfordwest[/B] 2-0 Neath
Goals from Hopkinson and Richards sends us twenty points clear with eight games left to play.

WPL [B]Haverfordwest[/B] 3-1 Llanelli
A Tim Hopkinson double and one from Rory Loy moves us ever closer to the title, although a knock to Loy rules him out of the cup quarter final.

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[U]March[/U]

[I]Welsh Cup quarter final[/I]
Bryntirion 0-5 [B]Haverfordwest[/B]
Goals from Higgins, Hopkinson, Rooney, Dickinson and an OG put us into the semis.

WPL Port Talbot 2-3 [B]Haverfordwest[/B]
Two from Hopkinson and one from Richards continues our unbeaten run.

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WPL [B]Haverfordwest[/B] 3-1 Aberystwyth
An OG, a goal from Richards and another from Lynch secured another win against our rivals

WPL [B]Haverfordwest[/B] 3-0 TNS
Richards, Murphy and Higgins ensure our unbeaten run continues.

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[quote name='deltablue']Looks like you're over the blip.[/QUOTE]

Yeah, it's been a good month. I'm beginning to consider having a look in the job centre though....

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Don't blame you, probably getting unchallenging, plus your trophies = rep increase and chances of better.

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[quote name='deltablue']Don't blame you, probably getting unchallenging, plus your trophies = rep increase and chances of better.[/QUOTE]

I've been linked with a few decent jobs so far, but I'm thinking of looking towards the SPL. One of the New Firm clubs maybe, or perhaps one of the Edinburgh two. Somewhere that's a relatively big club, but with no European reputation.

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[U]April[/U]

WPL Llanelli 1-0 [B]Haverfordwest[/B]
That's the unbeaten record over with, although it was a shocker of a goal to concede. First defeat in 36 league games (or a whole season plus 4)

[I]Welsh Cup Semi final[/I]
[B]Haverfordwest[/B] 2-1 TNS
Goals from Rory Loy and Ruaidhri Higgins see us into our third straight Welsh Cup final.

WPL [B]Haverfordwest[/B] 1-0 Port Talbot
An own goal secures another three points for us

WPL Neath 0-3 [B]Haverfordwest[/B]
Two from Rooney and Richards' 20th of the season secured another win.

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[U][CENTER][B][SIZE=7]The Loosemore League Cup Final[/SIZE][/B][/CENTER][/U]
[CENTER][U][I][SIZE=6]Saturday 3rd May 2014[/SIZE][/I][/U][/CENTER]
[B][U][CENTER][SIZE=6]Haverfordwest County AFC Vs Port Talbot[/SIZE][/CENTER][/U][/B]
[I][U][CENTER][SIZE=7]The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff[/SIZE][/CENTER][/U][/I]

Not the first time we've met Port Talbot in a cup final, and if I can repeat the Welsh Cup final result from last year I'll be delighted. The whole squad is fit, so I'm going to go for it in a 4-3-3 system, with Loy, Hopkinson and Richards up front. With just one defeat all season, I'm more than confident we can secure a third league up, and for those that like stats, I've lost just once in 17 meetings with Port Talbot, which was in my first season.

[B]First half[/B]

Well, we've been in charge since the first whistle, but missed chance after chance after chance. Luckily, just before half time Danny Murphy's free kick was nodded in at the far post by [B]Joe Jones[/B] giving us the half time advantage.

[I]Half time: Haverfordwest 1-0 Port Talbot[/I]

[B]Second half[/B]

The second half started awfully. Phil Imray's kick out didn't even make the half way line, which allowed Port Talbot's midfielder to slide a through ball into the path of [B]Lee Ratcliffe[/B], who slotted the ball into the corner. Worse was to follow, with a late second yellow card for Steven Richards, and so we'd have to play extra time with 10 men.

[I]Full time: Haverfordwest 1-1 Port Talbot[/I]

[B]Extra time[/B]

Despite being down to 10, were largely on top. However, despite our dominance we couldn't find another goal, with chances missed from Loy, Hopkinson and late sub Dickinson. To penalties then...

[B]Full time[/B]
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Gutted. Really should have won this match, but if you don't take your chances you get nothing.

WPL Aberystwyth 1-3 [B]Haverfordwest[/B]
Ten changes made from the cup final team, and it seemed to work. An OG, a goal from Dickinson and a Lynch header secured the win and a record breaking final points total.

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[B][U][CENTER][SIZE=7]The Welsh Cup Final[/SIZE][/CENTER][/U][/B]
[CENTER][SIZE=6][U]Saturday 10th May 2014[/U][/SIZE]
[SIZE=6][U][I]Llanelli AFC Vs Haverfordwest County AFC [/I][/U][/SIZE]
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So just a week after losing my first cup final, I get the opportunity to win another trophy. In a repeat of my first Welsh Cup final, we meet Llanelli, a club I've had plenty of difficulty against in the past. They didn't have a good season by their standards, finishing fifth in the table. They were however the only side to beat me in the league all season, so it could go either way. That said, I'm once again going to go for it in a 4-3-3 system.

[B]First half [/B]

A really even first half with chances at either end. We started strongly, and after just four minutes [B]Nathan Rooney[/B] blasted us in front. Llanelli did get themselves back into it as the half wore on, and 7 minutes before the break [B]Rhys Guard[/B] levelled the match. A few too many average performances for me, so I lost my temper...

[I]Half time: Llanelli 1-1 Haverfordwest[/I]

[B]Second half[/B]

Another very even second half, but ultimately there were no more goals. For the second time in a week we've gone to extra time.

[I]Full time: Llanelli 1-1 Haverfordwest[/I]

[B]Extra time[/B]

So much action in extra time! Llanelli turned the game on it's head in the 97th minute, with [B]Gary Hamilton[/B] going around Phil Imray and putting them in front. I responded by going all out attack, and [B]Steven Richards[/B] drilled home from 25 yards to level the game right after half time. Four minutes later we were in front, with substitute Liam Dickinson being put in by Bridge-Wilkinson and slotting into the corner. Despite lots of Llanelli pressure, we hung on...

[B]Final score[/B]
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[B][U][CENTER][SIZE=5]Haverfordwest County AFC: Season Summary 2013/14[/SIZE][/CENTER][/U][/B]

[U]League[/U]

Media prediction: 1st
Finished: 1st (champions)

[U]Cups[/U]

Welsh Cup: Winners
League Cup: Finalists

[U]Top scorer[/U]

Steven Richards (42 apps/ 21 goals)
Tim Hopkinson (45 apps/ 20 goals)
Rory Loy (33 apps/ 19 goals)
Nathan Rooney (48 apps/ 13 goals)

[U]Positives[/U]

Despite a couple of disappointments, it's been another great season all in all. Winning the league by even more points than we did last year, and scoring even more goals was brilliant. We couldn't quite go unbeaten, but to lose just one match was great. I'm amazed that in four seasons I still haven't lost a home game to a Welsh side! Although it was a real disappointment getting knocked out of the Champions League from such a strong position, it was still good to progress in the Europa. Winning two games seems like real progress. It was also nice to have such a strong squad that I could make 11 changes and still be strong enough to beat most sides, which will also have had something to do with us winning both the reserve and U19 championships too.

[U]Concerns[/U]

Can I count losing a final on penalties as a concern? Thought not! However, the board have just cancelled my new facility upgrades for a "lack of funds" despite having £6.2m in the bank. Was a tad annoying. Other than that, my next concern is whether to remain at the club or not...

[U]Ambitions[/U]

This depends on whether I remain at the club or not. If I do stay, I'd like to make the Champions League again, and if not, we'll judge that when it comes to it...

[U]League table[/U]

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[U]Player of the season[/U]

Rory Loy

[U]Average attendance[/U]

477 in the league (an increase of 100)
635 in total (an increase of 105)

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Congrats on the double,shame you lost out in the league cup which was really unlucky looking at those stats.

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[quote name='B.W.G']Congrats on the double,shame you lost out in the league cup which was really unlucky looking at those stats.[/QUOTE]

Cheers, man. It was gutting to be honest, but if you don't take your chances....

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