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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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Raiders well beaten by Town

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By Ian Golden at Stebonheath Park

WORKINGTON Town eased to a 58-12 over West Wales Raiders in Llanelli on Saturday (Jun 8) with their ten tries all coming from different players.

The away side did enough to win the game despite their many errors that would cost them a lot more against a higher placed side.

Town took an early lead after Gordon Maulding found a gaping hole in the Raiders’ backline and easily ran 10 metres to score. Carl Forber converted.

From kick-off, they doubled the score. No Raiders’ player had the answer to Fui Fui Moi Moi’s strength as he burst past the back-line. No issues again for Forber.

A short kick-off worked well for Raiders as they regained possession from kick-off and they nearly scored. Steve Parry was held a metre from the line on the final tackle of the set.

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As frustrations started to boil over, the referee stopped his watch on 25 minutes to give Raiders a team warning for persistent offending, and now was the time for Town to take advantage. Stevie Scholey was close, but from the next tackle, Sean Penkywicz dived over. Forber converted.

Town scored their fourth on the half hour. Perry Singleton was on the end of a good passing move, straight from a scrum on Raiders’ ten-metre line. Forber’s kick was just wide.

Then just before half-time, after winning a penalty on Raiders’ 40-metre line, Stevie Scholey ran through for Workington’s fifth. Forber converted again for a 28-0 lead at the break.

Town had an early second half try chalked off for a forward pass but after Raiders gave away a penalty for off-side, Ryan Fieldhouse twisted his way over the line for a try that Forber improved.

Then on 51 minutes, Raiders finally broke their duck for what was the best try of the game. Phil Cowburn broke from the half-way line, offloaded to Ashley Bateman who lost the ball under pressure, but Cowburn was on hand to pick up the loose ball, score under the sticks and convert his own try.

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However, following another Raiders dropped ball and a penalty from the next tackle, Workington addressed the balance as Declan O’Donnell crashed over underneath the sticks and Forber easily converted.

From kick-off, a Welshman finally got on the scoresheet after Sam Hopkins catching his own chip and run to the line for Town’s eighth try.

Forber kicked the goal, then set up the next try, opening up a gap for Oliver Wilkes to celebrate his 100th career try. Forber converted.

Raiders weren’t giving up. They won another goal-line drop out and continued to put on the pressure. Steve Parry was held up over the line and from the next tackle, Morgan Evans ran through a hole in the Town defence. Cowburn converted.

But after Town won the ball from kick-off, they went over from their tenth and final try of the afternoon as debutant Blain Marwood eased his way past the tiring home defence with his first touch of the ball for the club after another good Forber offload.

The man of the match converted to cement the win.

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Llangennech seconds beaten

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LLANGENECH Seconds were beaten by five wickets by Pontardawe on Saturday (Jun 8).

They batted first after Pontardawe elected to field but they could only manage a score of 114-8 from their 40 overs.

Llangennech soon found themselves struggling on 22-3 after Michael and Robert Lloyd and David James fell to the bowling of Jeff Hapgood (2) and Jason Rourke (1).

Iwan Hicks and Rhys Howells shared 56 runs for the fourth wicket but that came to an end when Howells was run out by Daniel McCudden on a score of 24.

Hicks and Lloyd Francis shared another 28 runs for the fifth wicket but Lloyd Jenkins struck to remove Francis on a score of 10.

Jenkins then also took the wicket of Owain Soady-Jackson for a duck as they slipped to 108-6.

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That soon became 109-7 as Hicks, who hit four fours in a good knock of 51, was caught by Rourke off the bowling of Jenkins.

Andy Megrath was later run out as Llangennech limped to 114-8.

Llangnnech struck early in Pontardawe’s reply as the looked to put the pressure on.

Nathan Lewis had opener Sean Harris caught by Iwan Hicks on a score of 10.

Fellow opener Daniel McCudden fell for the same score when he was also caught by Hicks off the bowling of Lloyd Francis.

Nathan Dinsley made a score of 21 but he was then bowled by Llyr Soady-Jackson.

Iwan Hicks then had Lloyd Jenkins caught by Lewis as they reduced Pontardawe to 87-4.

That became 93-5 as Richard Felton, who had scored 23, was bowled by Hicks.

That was as good as it got for Llangennech however, as Mark Williams and Jeff Hapgood saw Pontardawe home with the latter not out on 15.

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Dafen edged out by Maesteg

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DAFEN suffered defeat against Maesteg Celtic on Saturday (Jun 8), as they were bowled out 19 runs short of victory.

The home side had elected to field on winning the toss and that looked to have been a good decision as they bowled Celtic out for 118.

However, six wickets from Matthew Davies helped them bowl Dafen out for 101 to earn victory for the visitors.

Maesteg lost opener Davies early on as he was bowled by David Dunfee who then also had Nick Poole caught by Philip George on a score of 23.

Dunfee then also had James Richards caught by Matthew Evans before Paul Morris was run out by Christopher Davies.

That left the Celtic on 40-4 but a stand of 42 between Ellis Bird and Morgan Griffiths took them towards three figures.

Bird was then trapped leg before by Jonathan Randell who then also had Jordan Richards caught by Simon Davies.

That saw the visitors slip to 85-6 but Griffiths shared a stand of 25 with Glen Lawler.

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Griffiths had hit six fours and a six in his knock of 59 but he was then caught by Kai Rees off the bowling of Chris Hudson.

Elliot Colston was then removed in the same manner before Lawler was bowled by Matthew Donoghue on a score of 13.

Hudson then had Adam Lawler caught by Christopher Davies as Maesteg’s innings came to an end.

At the halfway stage Dafen would have been confident of victory but Maesteg bowled well as they reduced the home side to 33-5 in their reply.

Opener Jonathan Randell was out to the bowling of Matthew Davies as was Aman Gandhi for a duck.

Matthew Evans made ten before he was bowled by Adam Lawler before David Dunfee was bowled by Davies for another duck.

Christopher Davies did make 14 but he was caught by Luke Wilson off the bowling of Lawler.

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Matthew Donoghue and Simon Davies looked to stop the flow of wickets and they shared a good stand worth 64 runs.

Davies hit six fours in his score of 38 but he was then caught by Morgan Griffiths off the bowling of namesake Matthew.

Maesteg made light work of the tail as Phillip George was out to Davies and Donoghue was caught by Lawler off the bowling of brother Glen on a score of 24.

Davies then claimed his sixth wicket as he trapped Kai Rees leg before for a duck.

Chris Hudson was also out for a duck to the bowling of Wilson as Dafen’s inning came to a close with them all out on 101.

On Saturday (Jun 15), Dafen will look to get back to winning ways when they take on Division 1 leaders Cowbridge.

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