IT was a case of heads-you-win for Haverfordwest as Porthmadog were killed off by three headed goals – the decider coming late on – despite having matched the West Wales hosts throughout.
Fighting to escape the relegation threat, the team from the Traeth twice came back from behind in their hunt for a fourth consecutive draw at Bridge Meadow.
Manager Viv Williams said: “We had some excellent individual performances and did enough to have got something from the game.
“But we made elementary mistakes in not cutting out the source of the goals.
“Haverfordwest put in some superb pacey crosses, which were met by quality headers on target.
“But if our luck had been in, those efforts would have missed out.
“It’ is just the same old story and now we are making things very difficult for ourselves.
“We must pick up points against the top teams as well as those around us in the table.”
A lacklustre first half was drawing to a close when Haverfordwest squeezed their opening goal throughTerry Evans, who got on the end of Jon Coates’ left-wing centre.
Porthmadog were back in contention soon after the resumption, thanks to Marcus Orlik, who hammered a 20 yards’ free-kick straight into Lee Idzi’s net.
Tit-for-tat scoring followed quickly as Jack Christopher headed County back in front on 55 minutes, only for the visitors’ debutant Mark Thomas to equalise on the hour, also with a header.
It was anyone’s game until the 81st minute when Porthmadog found themselves trailing for the third time.
The goal came from Christopher again, who converted Lee Hudgell’s cross from the left.