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.
Gascoigne entertains Llanelli
OVER 400 people were at attendance in the Selwyn Samuel Centre in Llanelli on Saturday (Jun 18) to see former England legend Paul Gascoigne talk about his life and footballing career.
Gazza had the crowd in stitches with his stories from his past and was visibly emotional with the crowd’s warm reaction to him being there.
At one point a member of the crowd asked him if he could play one last game for one team who would it be… his answer was Swansea City to the crowds delight.
His next event will be in Tenby on September 17. The event was kindly sponsored by RDH Contractors and Sylan Lakes holiday cottages in five roads.
Ryan Giggs quits as Wales manager with ‘immediate effect’
EX Man-Utd winger has left his position as the manager of the national football team with ‘immediate effect’.
Giggs stepped back from his role in November 2020 following after being arrested.
49-year-old Giggs has been charged with assault and using controlling behaviour towards an ex-partner. A claim that Giggs has denied.
In a heartfelt statement on his decision, Giggs said: “After much consideration, I am standing down from my position as manager of the Wales men’s national team with immediate effect.
“It has been an honour and a privilege to manage my country, but it is only right that the Wales FA, the coaching staff and the players prepare for the tournament with certainty, clarification and without speculation around the position of their head coach.
“I do not want the country’s preparations for the World Cup to be affected, destabilised or jeopardised in any way by the continued interest around this case.
“I am sad that we cannot continue this journey together because I believe that this extraordinary group will make the country proud at our first World Cup since 1958.
“It is my intention to resume my managerial career at a later date.”
Following Giggs arrest in 2020, former Wales captain Robert Page took over as interim manager.
Under Page Wales beat Ukraine to earn themselves a place at Qatar World Cup for the first time in 64 years.
Giggs faces one charge of using controlling and coercive behaviour August 2017 and November 2020, one charge of assault causing actual bodily harm of his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville on November 1, 2020.
He also faces a charge of common assault on the victim’s sister.
Giggs denies all charges against him and will stand trial on August 8.
The trial is expected to last five days.
Following the announcement, a FAW spokesperson said: “The FAW places on record its gratitude to Ryan Giggs for his tenure as manager of the Cymru men’s national team and appreciates the decision he has taken, which is in the best interests of Welsh football,
“The full focus of the FAW and the Cymru men’s national team is on the Fifa World Cup in Qatar later this year.”
Llanelli edged out as Ynystawe pull off mammoth chase
A SCORE of 331-4 would normally be enough for a team to pick up victory, but South Wales Premier Division 2 leaders Ynystawe had other ideas as they pulled off a remarkable chase on Saturday (Jun 4).
Llanelli had been asked to bat first after Ynystawe had won the toss and their total was underpinned by a brilliant unbeaten century from Iwan Rees.
The opener hit sixteen fours and four sixes in his knock of 153 which came off 146 balls.
He had good support from Steven Devonald who scored 29 and Rhydian Morgan who scored 20 (2 fours, 1 six).
Rees and Rhys Harris shared the best stand of the match as they put on 157 runs for the fourth wicket.
Harris hit 12 fours in his score of 87 from 74 balls but he was out to the bowling of Rhys Palmer.
Rhys Westcott also finished unbeaten on 18 from 11 balls as Ynystawe were set 332 to win the game.
In reply, opener Nathan Lee scored 20 before falling to Jac Rees who also then took the wicket of Morgan Hodges on a score of 23.
Carl Roberts played well for his half century, hitting eight fours in his score of 56 before being trapped leg before by Aled Gilley.
Andrew Beasley was run out on a score of 15 and that left Ynystawe on 140-4.
Thomas Morgan and Luke Garthwaite shared 93 runs for the fifth wicket. Both reached their half centuries but Morgan was out to Iwan Rees on a score of 50.
Rees also bowled Ceri Durke and Rhys Palmer was run out by Rhydian Morgan having hit a four and a six in a quickfire score of 15.
That left Ynystawe 275-7 and they only had six overs left to get their target.
Garthwaite was on a score of 75 when Palmer fell and he took control as he smashed his way to a century.
He finished unbeaten on 118 from 67 balls after hitting 20 fours and two sixes. The last of his fours won the game for the home side as they ended up winning with two overs to spare.
On Saturday, June 11, Llanelli host Cowbridge while Ynynstawe travel to Penarth.
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