Newtown 1 Haverfordwest 0
NEWTOWN showed they’re moving in the right direction after Marcus Sharrad’s first goal for the club secured only their second home win of the season.
The former Cheltenham and Shrewsbury rookie struck on 37 minutes, breaking clear before firing past keeper Lee Kendall.
“He took it really well,” said manager Darren Ryan. “He got put through and took his time before volleying into the net. It was a great finish.
“Everyone was fantastic in the first half. We should have been three or four up, but when Haverfordwest changed their formation to three up front in the second half, it caused us a few problems.
“But we showed plenty of resilience and showed that we’re not prepared to keel over.”
Sharrad’s goal was enough to help lift the Robins clear of the drop zone, while handing the visitors a first defeat in five outings.
But Ryan was unhappy that referee Paul Thomas showed six yellow cards to his players, with Sean Butler being dismissed for his second caution on the hour.
In fact, both sides finished the game with 10 men, Butler followed by Haverfordwest’s Gareth Elliott, who saw red for a challenge moments later.
Newtown looked lively in the first half with midfielder Glenn Tolley rattling the woodwork from 22 yards, while debutant Nicky Jones had an effort turned onto the bar by Kendall.
Newtown keeper Jon Rowley made one smart save from Jodie Jenkins as the hosts held firm.