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HAVERFORDWEST County have won promotion back to the Welsh Premier League after a four-year absence.

Needing to win by five goals or more in their final Welsh League game of the season, the Bluebirds won 5-0 at Aberdare Town to pip Cardiff Met University to second place. Both sides have a goal difference of 37 but County have scored 69 goals to Cardiff Met's 57.

Caerau (Ely) are champions but do not have the FAW domestic licence required for a place in the top flight.

Two goals from Luke Borrelli had County 2-0 up inside the first 10 minutes and skipper Dale Griffiths added a third on the half hour.

After the break, Steffan Williams slotted in the fourth in the 61st minute, before Sam Rodon headed home the all-important fifth in the 71st minute.

Haverfordwest first joined the WPL in the inaugural 1992/3 season but resigned from the league in 1994 while their ground was redeveloped by Safeway and a new stadium constructed nearby.

After three seasons back in the Welsh League they were twice runners-up before claiming the title in 1996/97 to return to the WPL.

In 2003/4 the Bluebirds became the surprise package of the league, finishing in third place and qualifying for the Uefa Cup where they played Hafnarfjordur of Iceland.

They also went close to repeating the feat in 2004/5, eventually finishing fourth in the Welsh Premier.

A disastrous campaign in 2010/11 saw manager Derek Brazil replaced mid-season by Gavin Chesterfield but the recall of Brazil three months later failed to arrest the decline and the Bluebirds were relegated. 

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28 May 2017

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