PONTYPRIDD extended their lead at the leagues summit and ran in eleven tries at the expense of home side Llanelli in a dominant and clinical display at Parc y Scarlets.
It was the home side that applied the early pressure which gave fly-half Billy McBride the opportunity to notch a penalty from out wide and give his side the lead with two minutes on the clock. This was to be the only points his side could muster in a first half mangling by the rampant visitors.
The first try came from number eight Jake Thomas after a neat 9-8 exchange with scrum-half Lloyd Williams at the base of a scrum inside the Llanelli twenty-two. The try went unconverted but it mattered little as Ponty struck again as a flowing move from inside their own half resulted in centre Aled Summerhill scoring the first of his hat-trick. The lead was further extended as Llanelli’s dishevelled backline left space out wide for Simon Humberstone to execute a perfect cross-field kick, which was gathered and dispatched for another try by winger Owain Jenkins.
heir own line and did threaten on occasions but they were met by some high energy and spirited Pontypridd defence. This defence was sprung into attack once more when the bonus point was secured with little over twenty minutes gone as Lewis Williams crossed after good work from Humberstone. The valley side were now in full flow. Full-back Matthew Nuthall instigated another dynamic break out of his own half, freeing centre Aled Summerhill to cross for yet another try, none of which had yet been converted. Ponty continued to push and hooker Aled Morris crossed from close range after a smart lineout move which meant the score at the interval was 3-30 and the game was already all but over.
Commencing the second half with 14 men due to the sin-binning of Summerhill, Pontypridd were put under pressure by the home side and Llanelli were finally rewarded for their attacking prowess as winger Richard Thomas was worked in for a try wide out. Ponty grabbed their seventh try as Lewis Williams crossed out wide and Llanelli will have been grateful that the visitors kicker Humberstone was in a generous mood, missing all seven of his conversions. Another fourteen points at this stage would’ve been a real demolition job. With the game being played almost exclusively in the Llanelli half Pontypridd completed an afternoon to forget for the reds as tries by Jake Thomas, Dafi Davies, James Howe and Summerhill’s third completed the rout.
Llanelli did manage a consolation of their own as flanker Owain Morgan got his name on the scoresheet to reward the home side for their spirit, but the encounter will prove as inspiration to the Llanelli side who will be striving to reach the standards on show from a far superior Pontypridd side.
Llanelli: 15.Shaun Leonard. 14.Sam Evans. 13.Ellis Phillips. 12.Craig Woodall (Matthew Pearce). 11.Richard Thomas (Stuart Morris). 10.Billy McBryde. 9.Justin James (Robin Davies). 1.Rhys Thomas (Roy Jones). 2.Darran Harris (Taylor Davies). 3.Ben Leung (Gareth Havard). 4.Adam Powell – cpt. 5.Jack Payne. 6.Trystan Lloyd (Roy Osborn). 7.Owain Morgan. 8.Ed Price. Pontypridd: 15.Matthew Nuthall (Dale Stuckey). 14.Lewis I Williams (Alex Webber). 13.Aled Summerhill. 12.Dafydd Lockyer – cpt. 11.Owen Jenkins. 10.Simon Humberstone. 9.Lloyd Williams (Joel Raikes). 1.Bradley Thyer (James Howe). 2.Aled Morris (Huw Dowden). 3.Keiron Jenkins (Pat Palmer). 4.Craig Locke (Jordan Sieniawski). 5.Alex Jones. 6.Dafi Davies. 7.Rhys Shellard. 8.Jake Thomas
Behind the Scenes with West Wales Raiders & Llanelli Town AFC CEO Peter Tiffin
EACH week we will take a look at what’s going on at both clubs with an insight from the CEO.
As most in sport know January is a busy time for clubs with the transfer window back open, last week saw both the Raiders and Reds welcome in new players and will be straight in to action for both sides before the end of the month.
It’s been a very difficult period with the spectator’s restrictions and the pausing in season for the Reds especially with the new managers coming in and beginning their time with the club with a win at Stebonheath Park.
Thankfully the restrictions are easing and next weekend both the Raiders and the Reds will be able to welcome back fans to our home of Stebonheath Park with home fixtures on Friday evening (Llanelli Town v Undy) & Sunday afternoon (West Wales Raiders v Swinton Lions).
This week has also seen a few new partnerships and one in particular was a launch to support a community project for lonely people to attend various events, both the Raiders & the Reds have offered tickets to all home games and our home bar will be working with the project on a fortnightly luncheon club.
To continue with new partnerships the Raiders decided this week that we would swap our sponsors logos with charities for a one off jersey which the players will play in against Swinton next week, I will be looking to work a lot closer with all 7 charities throughout the year and including both clubs in any events.
To finish off this week I wanted to add that Ethan George an up and coming local professional boxer who has plenty of talent will now be working a lot closer with myself, as a few of you may be aware that another professional boxer Angelo Dragone has worked very closely with both clubs and myself and we both will be working with Ethan to help him on his development within boxing.
Leaders Trostre held to draw by Killay
CARMARTHENSHIRE Premier Division leaders Trostre were held to an exciting 3-3 draw by Killay on Saturday (Jan 15).
Ben Lynch had put Killay ahead in the tenth minute but two goals in seven minutes from Ashton Jones turned the game around for the league leaders.
However, just four minutes later Liam Bennett equalised for the visitors.
The first half scoring wasnt done as Trostre regained the lead thanks to Rhys Griffiths.
That gave them a 3-2 lead at half time but they were dealt a blow early in the second half when Christopher Price-Williams was sent off for a second bookable offence.
It looked as if they were going to hold to their lead but five minutes from the end Brandon Davies scored to level the game.
The point for Killay moves them to within four points of second placed Pontlliw who were beaten 2-0 by Gorseinon Athletic on Saturday.
Matthew Hurford scored twice in the first half for Gorseinon to all but seal the win for his side.
Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Loughor Rovers scored two late goals to seal victory against Burry Port.
Josh Element put Burry Port ahead midway through the first half but two minutes later Andrew Burt missed a penalty for Loughor.
The score remained 1-0 to the visitors until eight minutes from time when Michael Grimwade scored.
Burt then made amends for his penalty miss as he scored the winner in the 89th minute.
Seaside earned their third win in a row on Saturday as they beat Pengelli United 7-2 away from home.
Callum Thomas put Seaside ahead on seven minutes but three minutes later Reily Lewis levelled for Pengelli.
Tray Jenkins then put Seaside back in the lead but the home side hit back again as Luke Rees levelled the game at 2-2.
Ben Honeybun then put Seaside back in front and they held on to their 3-2 lead until half time.
Twenty minutes into the second half Ross Jones scored to make it 4-2 before they scored three late goals.
Leon Bonifacio scored twice in three minutes and Jones added his second in injury time to complete the scoring.
On Saturday, January 22, Trostre visit Loughor Rovers and Gorseinon Athletic host Burry Port.
Killay are at home as they take on Bwlch Rangers.
Felinfoel reserves edge seven-goal thriller
FELINFOEL Reserves moved up to sixth place in Carmarthenshire Reserve Division 2 on Saturday (Jan 15) as they beat Dafen Reserves 4-3.
Felinfoel were forced into a change early on but just a minute after coming Morgan Smith had put the home side ahead.
Nicky Morgan then put Felinfoel in a strong position as he double his side’s lead.
However, Dafen hit back with Rhys Winnett scoring ten minutes before half time and then a minute before the interval to level the game at 2-2.
Just four minutes into the second half Morgan grabbed his second goal of the game to put the home side back in the lead.
With just under 20 minutes to go, Dafen levelled once more as Matthew Davies found the back of the net.
It looked as if the game might finish all square but four minutes from time Morgan Harries scored what would prove to be the winner for Felinfoel.
Elsewhere in the Division, Tumble reserves beat Pontarddulais reserves 3-2 to leapfrog Dafen into second place.
Saturday’s only other game in the division saw Johnstown reserves run out 10-3 winners over Kidwelly reserves, with Jack Kluge scoring five times while Jack Starkey also scored a hat trick.
On Saturday, January 22, Dafen reserves host Johnstown reserves while Felinfoel hosts Loughor Rovers thirds.
Llangennech reserves are also in action as they face Pontarddulais Town reserves.
Photo by Darren Harries
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