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Narrow defeat for Felinfoel

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FELINFOEL suffered a narrow defeat on Saturday (Aug 24) as they were bowled out on the last ball of the innings by Margam who earned a two-run win.

Margam batted first after Felinfoel elected to field on winning the toss and they were bowled out in 49 overs for 193.

Elwyn Pugh made a score of 10 early on before he fell to the bowling of Craig Richards and Anthony Mathias had Luke O’Connor caught.

Liam Lewis made a score of 25 but he was then bowled by Julian Griffiths.

Dhaval Patel and Gareth Baker then shared 46 runs for the fourth wicket as they reached three figures.

Patel was trapped leg before by Rohan Nangalia and he then had Rob Saunders caught by Andrew Thomas to leave Margam on 129-5.

Baker had reached his half century with six fours and two sixes but was then out on a score of 58 when he was bowled by Tom Jones.

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Julian Griffiths then trapped Richard Gullam leg before and Jonathan Cheal then claimed two more wickets as Margam slipped to 155-9.

Margam’s tail began to wag however, as John Wellington and Rhodri Mann shared 38 runs for the last wicket.

Wellington was out for a score of 22 to Griffiths to leave Mann not out on 15.

Felinfoel then made a good start to their reply as Andrew Thomas and Craig Richards shared 71 runs for the first wicket.

However, Margam hit back taking four wickets to leave their hosts on 89-4.

Thomas made a good score of 48 with four boundaries and Craig Richards scored 19 but both fell to the bowling of Rhodri Mann.

Luke O’Connor then trapped Rhys Jones leg before and Mann then bowled Tom Jones.

Jonathan Cheal then made a score of 15 as they made it into three figures but he was then bowled by John Wellington.

Rohan Nangalia and Anthony Matthias then both fell to the bowling of Michael Bond in quick succession as Felinfoel were reduced to 140-7.

Julian Griffiths remained at the crease as he reached his half century. He hit nine fours to reach a score of 72 which left Felinfoel needing only nine runs to win.

Griffiths was then bowled by Liam Lewis and with the last ball of the game, with Felinfoel needing three to win, Clive Harding was stumped by Gareth Baker off the bowling of Lewis.

That left Felinfoel two runs short of victory and left them to ponder what could have been had they bowled Margam out quicker.

On Saturday (Aug 31), Felinfoel finish the season away to leaders Maesteg.

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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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