Llandybie 15 Penybanc 46
8:00am Wednesday 27th February 2013 in Sport
Division Five South West
PROMOTION-CHASING Penybanc travelled to Woodfield Road on Saturday for a must-win game if they were to stay in contention with the leading pack.
Despite missing key personnel, the Tigers were able to field a strong-looking side and had enough about them to see off the hosts in style.
The homesters kicked an early penalty as both sides looked to claim a foothold in the game, but after some scrum pressure, the ball came out to Banc centre Andrew Brayley who powered his way over fromshort range to give the visitors the advantage. Fly-half Mathew Lloyd added the extras.
Brayley and Geraint Evans dominated the midfield and soon the centre stormed over for his second.
Not to be outdone, Banc’s forwards were also well on top with Lyndon Davies and Mark Jones punching huge holes in the Llan defence, Jones rewarded for his efforts with Banc’s third.
With the all-important bonus point now in sight, a Llandybie error saw wing AndyMcCallgo over for a 22- 3 half-time lead.
Despite the strong lead, all was not well in the Banc ranks and a reading of the riot act left them in no doubt that there was no place for unforced errors.
The visitors started the half well, but Llan scored first afteraquicktappenalty.
Banc tried to push on, but more errors crept into their play and numerous chances went begging until another Brayley break gave speedy wing Luc Jenkins a try.
Man of the match Brayley made things safe when he smashed his way over for an excellent hat-trick.
With victory in hand, good work from Gethin Harries and Mike Tench allowed quickball for centreEvans to ghost through a gap and leave the full back standing with fineside-stepandclassy try. McCall converted.
The home team, who really got stuck in all game, added another converted try.
Banc though, were to have the last say as ex-Llandybie full back Wayne Williams, who again was one of Banc’s standout performers, went on a fine run, leaving several defenders in his wake before touching down. McCall converted for a 46-15 win.
ThewinsetupBancnicely for a promotion charge, but the Tigers will know they will have to raise their game if they are to claw their way in Division Four.
Brayley oozed class all day as did Evans and full back Williams. Up front, prop Mathew Anderson and lock Mark Jones also shone.
Banc travel to mid-table Alltwen this week for another must-win fixture.