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Marsh’s fightback not enough for Dafen




DAFEN suffered defeat on Saturday (May 4) as a half century from Gowerton’s David Gascoyne steered them to victory.

Gowerton won the toss and elected to field and that looked to be a good decision as they took three early wickets before bowling Dafen out for 158.

Matthew Evans was first to fall without scoring when he was caught off the bowling of Callum Eakins.

Eakins also bowled Aman Gandhi and when Nicky Davies was trapped leg before by Luke Main, Dafen were struggling on 38-3.

Kurtis Marsh and Jonathan Randell looked to get Dafen back on track but Marsh, who had batted well to reach a score of 51 (nine fours), was then trapped leg before by Lee Nicholas.

Simon Davies was also out the bowling of Nicholas as Dafen were reduced to 99-5.

David Dunfee was caught off the bowling of Adam Quick on a score of 11 and Randell was stumped by Tomas Davies off the same bowler when on a score of 31.

Kai Rees made 14 and Matthew Donoghue scored 24 but both fell to Quick as did last man Daniel Vaughan as Dafen’s innings came to an end in the final over.

Quick’s excellent spell gave him figures of 5-33 from just 6.4 overs bowled.

David Dunfee removed Lee Nicholas early in Gowerton’s reply to give his side hope of victory.

However, Tomas Davies and David Gascoyne had other ideas as they shared a stand of 99 for the second wicket to all but seal the victory.

Dunfee made the breakthrough again as he had Davies trapped leg before on a score of 62 which included seven fours.

Kurtis Marsh then removed Bevan Daniels, trapped lbw, and Harry Bolland in quick succession to leave Gowerton on 135-4.

Gascoyne remained on 45 and he quickly reached his half century before finishing not out on 59.

Marsh did take a third wicket of Luke Main but it wasn’t enough as Gascoyne saw his side home.

On Saturday (May 11), Dafen will look to earn their first win as they take on local rivals Llanelli.

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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.

Photo by Darren Harries

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




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.

Photo by Darren Harries

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




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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