Martell Taylor-Crossdale

Haverfordwest County's Martell Taylor-Crossdale. Pic: Getty Images

Tony Pennock Backs Haverfordwest County For More Euro Glory In Cardiff

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By Gareth James

Tony Pennock insists Haverfordwest County have given themselves an excellent chance of progress in the Europa Conference League after a battling display in the Faroe Islands.

Martell Taylor-Crossdale’s last-gasp goal breathed new life into County’s hopes for the Europa Conference League, even though they suffered a 2-1 first leg second qualifying round defeat against B36 Torshavn.

The result keeps the tie very much alive ahead of the return leg next week at the Cardiff City Stadium and Pennock said: “I’m extremely proud of the boys.

“When they believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can achieve.

“We knew it was going to be tough. Torshavn are second in their league and halfway through their season, so anyone who thought this wasn’t going to be tough was miles off.

“We knew they were a good side, but we stuck to it and we have given ourselves a great chance for the second leg.

“That was a massive goal and they (Torshavn) had better be ready for the return leg in Cardiff. We’re going to have a real go like we did in the previous round and we’ll be ready for it.”
Torshavn took an early lead thanks to Hannes Agnarsson’s goal.

Andrass Johansen then doubled their advantage as County struggled to deal with their pacy and direct opponents.

However, with just 11 minutes remaining in the second leg, Martell Taylor-Crossdale struck back, giving Tony Pennock’s men a fighting chance in the tie.

Taylor-Crossdale – who was once on Chelsea’s books – produced a clinical near-post finish from Jack Wilson’s cross to keep the tie very much in the balance.

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