Llandybie sink seasiders
11:03am Monday 14th October 2013 in Sport
Division Six West
Llandybie 29 South Gower 14
Llandybie entertained South Gower on Saturday with the visitors lying only four points behind Llandybie in the league.
The home team welcomed back local boy Darren Jones, recently signed from Penybanc, while Mike Tench and Josh Williams returned from injury. Tracy Lewis started his first game at centre.
The hosts opened the scoring with a penalty from Ben Featherstone but South Gower fought back with a well-worked try.
Llandybie were a little frantic early on, dropping passes and off-loading too early.
The home nerves refused to settle when a penalty from just inside the opponents half was wasted.
But they took the lead with a good forward skirmish leading to flanker Lyndon Davies diving in under the posts, Featherstone added the points.
Gower failed to narrow the gap by spurning a penalty opportunity before good power by the home pack left the visiting scrumage in disarray. Luke Yelland picked up and offloaded to number eight Rhydian Jones, unstoppable from 15 yards, who blasted over to score. Featherstone added the extras to ensure the hosts enjoyed a 17-7 interval lead.
South Gower remained dangerous on the counter and Llandybie were forced to defend stoutly throughout, with Tench setting the example.
Lewis punched holes in the visitors’ midfield but a number of dropped passes left the hosts frustrated while keeping Gower’s hopes alive.
A brilliantly- taken high ball from Johnny Lloyd saw the full-back gain ground and his smart cross-kick found centre Josh Williams who raced in to score. Again Featherstone added the extras.
Gower battled back and earned themselves a converted try, but the hosts stepped on the gas to see off any hopes of a comeback.
The line-out deliveries of hooker Rhys Cann proved instrumental as he regularly found captain Andrew Thomas and Dan Wigley and from these Llandybie twice broke clear only to see the final pass dropped with the try-line begging.
Llandybie did however get the final say with a cross-field move started by Thomas Griffith was taken forward by Wigley who flicked a backhand pass to the wing where Josh Cranfield sidestepped the full back to score.
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