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Llandovery edge Bedwas in thriller

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Llandovery 28
Bedwas 24

LLANDOVERY followed their impressive away victory at Cardiff with a thrilling home victory over fellow mid-table side Bedwas, which will provide a confidence boost ahead of the Swalec Cup quarter-final match against high flying Pontypridd at the weekend.

History has suggested that the game would be a tight affair and Friday nights encounter was no different, as the Drovers overhauled a thirteen point deficit to claim victory at the death. It was result that leaves Llandovery now looking up the table rather than looking nervously over their shoulder.

With six minutes on the clock the hosts took the lead through James Garland’s well taken penalty and little over two minutes later the lead was extended as winger Richard Williams received the ball on the opposite flank before weaving his way over the line. Garland missed the extras but it was a fine start from the home side.

The hard work was undone when prop Greg Cunliffe was yellow carded for illegal use of his feet at the breakdown, giving the visitors a man advantage. They made it count as they stretched the homeside from left to right before creating the overlap which allowed Lewis Hudd to go over in the corner. Fly-half Richard Powell added the extras on top of two brilliant long range penalties to give the vistors a 13-8 lead at the break.

The second half started with Bedwas on the attack and after Mike Callow had made a superb break his resulting pass to prop Dan Preece didn’t go where it was intended and an opportunity passed with the try line beckoning. This spurned opportunity was punished further when Garland added another penalty to reduce his sides arrears.

With the penalty count getting ever higher the score was in a state of flux, but Bedwas can be forgiven for thinking they had won it when Matthew John went over to put his side 11-24 ahead. This lead looked all the better as the home side were again reduced to 14 men as lock Bryn Griffiths was given a ten minute rest for dissent.

The home crowd were unhappy with the refereeing decisions, but were given hope when substitute Sam Soul showed good awareness to crash over for a converted try.

With the deficit reduced hopes were further raised by the yellow carding of Bedwas’ inspirational back rower Deri Mattravers.

The loss of the key figure of Mattravers led to the visitors conceding a late penalty try to complete a sensational turnaround for the hosts. Bedwas grabbed a losing bonus point as reward for their part in a thrilling encounter.

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Felinfoel win comfortably

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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.

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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).

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Cherries hold off Penygroes

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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.

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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.

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Burry Port stay in touch

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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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