Furnace 8-21 Trimsaran
TRIMSARAN travelled the short distance to Furnace on Saturday (Sept 14) for what was an entertaining derbt clash.
This was the first meeting between the two teams for a few years as Furnace were promoted along with Penygroes last season after finishing second in League 3 West Central C last season.
The cherries won their first game last week against Bynea by 55-8 so were on a high coming into the game after also having a successful pre-season which saw them win all 3 of their games.
Trim also made a winning start to the season last week after a narrow victory over Cefneithin by 18-15.
Trimsaran were under no illusions how difficult this game would be and knew they would have to give 110% if they wanted to stop the cherries.
Trim kicked off and after a handling error Furnace had the early initiative with a scrum near halfway.
Trim showed their intention from this scrum driving Furnace back 10-15 meters and getting awarded the early penalty.
This was the start of a period of 20 minutes where Trim were pressuring the Furnace defence and in the home teams territory constantly.
Furnace did show some strong defence and had secured a couple of turnover but it wasn’t long until Trim took a well-deserved lead after second row Emyr Evans crossed the whitewash to open the scoring after some good build up work by Trim.
Furnace ill-discipline allowed Trim to get the territory and within the next 10 minutes Trim had extended their lead to 11-0 after two penalties by fly half Corey Phillips.
Furnace came into the game now after a loose return kick from the kick off and had a run of possession and territory, this allowed them to break down the wing and score their first try of the game in the corner against the run of play. The score was now 5-11 to the visitors with 10 minutes of the first half left.
Trim were back pressuring the home team deep in their 22 and set up a driving maul from a lineout but some good defence from Furnace turned the ball over and allowed them to clear their lines.
However, some more ill-discipline for being offside allowed Trim to again get territory and after a few good phases of play from the forwards the ball was passed out to winger Callum McCormack who touched down for his teams second try in the corner.
The difficult conversion was nailed over by Corey Phillips and with only 5 minutes of the first half remaining the score was 5-18.
From the kick off Trim cleared their lines only to be told it was kicked out on the full so Furnace now had an ideal attacking lineout just before half time to hit back. The cherries were awarded a scrum 5 yards out after the ball became unplayable and had one more chance as the ref called last play to get some sort of points.
Furnace tried to power their way through but Trim held them out before they spread the ball wide and were tackled into touch to bring the first half to an end. Trim were happy with the outcome at half time but knew Furnace would come back at them in the second half all guns blazing.
Furnace kicked off the second half and were the team to pressure first. They were awarded a penalty of their own which they kicked at goal to reduce the deficit after 5 minutes of the second half.
Trim pushed for another score to extend their league but a pass was intercepted by the Furnace hooker and he booted the ball back down deep into the Trim 22.
A shove from the Cherries number 9 off the ball resulted in a yellow card for him as the ref had finally had enough of the penalties conceded after numerous warnings. This allowed Trim to clear their lines and retain possession from the lineout.
The game started to turn a bit scrappy now with both teams failing to retain possession for enough phases to trouble the defensive lines. Furnace did have a break down the wing but the green and blacks defence was strong enough to keep them out only for Furnace to be awarded a penalty and a shot at goal which was unsuccessful. 5 minutes later it was Trim who were extending their lead thanks to a drop goal from hooker and captain Ryan Edwards to make the score 8-21 with 20 minutes left.
Trim had a further chance through a penalty to take the game beyond the home team but the shot at goal was just missed. Furnace had more possession and territory in the final 10 minutes of the game but the green and blacks held firm in defence and managed to hold out everything the cherries threw at them. When the ref called last play of the game full back Dan Griffiths booted the ball off the field to secure an impressive win for Trimsaran and to make it two wins out of two.
On Saturday (Sept 21), Trimsaran host Amman United and Furnace travel to Cardigan in the first round of the Specsavers National Bowl.
Felinfoel win comfortably
FELINFOEL continued their unbeaten start to the season on Saturday (Oct 5) as they beat Gowerton 23-0.
In a game played in difficult conditions both sides contributed to an open match with Felinfoel finally ending up comfortable winners.
Felinfoel took an early lead with a try from left wing Jordan Dunne converted by full back Aled Roberts.
Roberts added a further two penalties before the break making the score at half time 13 – nil.
The weather conditions deteriorated in the second half and it was not until the 20th minute that Felinfoel increased their lead with a further penalty from Roberts.
As Felinfoel added further pressure, live wire wing Dunne went in for his second try again well converted from wide out by Roberts.
Gowerton came close to scoring at the end, but strong defence by Felinfoel prevented them from scoring.
Felinfoel now look forward to round two of the WRU Plate competition when they entertain Skewen on Saturday (Oct 12).
Cherries hold off Penygroes
Furnace United 18-9 Penygroes
FURNACE United welcomed Penygroes to Cae Castell on Saturday (Oct 5) and after two attritional battles last season this game was highly anticipated.
The field conditions were excellent even though there was a little drizzle throughout.
The game started at a frantic pace with Furnace taking the early initiative resulting in a try from second row Andrew Evans after five minutes. Daf Green slotted the conversion from out wide to make it 7-0 to the home side.
Five minutes later, from subsequent Penygroes pressure, they were able to score their first points of the game as the trusted boot of number 10 Christopher Powell slotted a penalty between the sticks.
Straight from the restart Furnace gained good field position and were awarded a penalty in front of the sticks.
Green added the three points to make it 10-3 to the home side.
The rest of the first half saw Penygroes put pressure on the Furnace line but to no avail.
The first 25 minutes of the second half saw the visitors throw the kitchen sink at the Furnace line.
However, although some stern defence meant they weren’t able to cross the line, they did manage two further penalties from the boot of Powell to bring the score to 10-9.
Having defended for much of the half, Furnace looked to increase their lead and they marched up the field before Daf Green slotted a drop goal to make it 13-9 to the Cherries.
The last ten minutes saw Penygroes pressing again but without reward.
From the last play of the game, Furnace intercepted a loose pass and Centre Scott Davies galloped 60 metres down the paddock to cross and put the game to bed.
The conversion was missed but it mattered little as the Cherries earned an 18-9 victory.
On Saturday (Oct 12), both sides take a break from league action as they take part in the second round of the WRU Bowl.
Furnace are away to Cefn Cribbwr while Penygroes are at home to Abercarn.
Burry Port stay in touch
Burry Port Res 3-0 Evans & Williams Res
BURRY Port Reserves kept themselves in touch with the top two as they beat Evans and Williams Reserves 3-0 on Saturday (Oct 5).
A very even first half ended with Jamie Phillips heading home from a corner to make it 1-0 to Burry Port.
In the second half the home side played much better and were on top from the start going 2-0 up through Sam Saer.
They dominated for a spell but Evans and Williams came back strong and looked as if they might get one back.
Eventually the home side got their third through Ryan Owens to seal the win and all but end any hopes Evans and Williams had of getting back into the game.
Burry Port remain level on points with the top two with all three having won four of their five games so far this season.
On Saturday (Oct 12), Evans and Williams will look to bounce back when they take on Gorseinon Reserves.
The reserves do not have a game but Burry Port’s first team are in action in the first round of the West Wales Cup as they host Cwm Albion Colts.
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