Deadly Davies leads Llandeilo to victory
1:03pm Monday 21st October 2013 in Sport
Division Three West
Llandeilo 21 Haverfordwest 17
Llandeilo finally seemed to have kicked their early season habit of handing opponents a healthy head start, but there was no change on Saturday to the tight nature of all their games so far.
An already wet pitch was made even worse by a storm of almost biblical proportions half an hour before kick-off, which did little to help handling, footing or the attendance, but the teams provided another engrossing down-to-the-wire contest.
The home team had the first benefit of a keen wind and started the stronger.
A number of opportunities came and went in the first quarter before hooker Gareth Morgan went over from close range. Captain Celfyn Davies converted from wide out before adding a try of his own in the same corner when a desperate clearance went straight to him and allowed him to cross unopposed.
At 12-0 down, Haverfordwest began to put some phases together and worked their way upfield. Dewi Williams was rewarded with a try converted by Ashley Sutton and, although Davies added a penalty for Llandeilo before half time, the visitors would have been justified in feeling fairly confident turning round to have the breeze and the intermittent low sun behind them.
But Llandeilo upped their efforts after the break and the back row of Aled Williams, Sion Jones and the outstanding Dan Thomas led the way. It seemed that almost every visit to the Haverfordwest 22 resulted in a home penalty and Davies converted two of them to give his team a two-score lead.
The Blues refused to lie down and were awarded a penalty try late on as referee David Cambourne ruled that full back Darren Salmon was prevented from scoring by a high tackle.
Sutton converted to give Llandeilo that now familiar tense feeling in the last ten minutes.
It was the final score however, and Llandeilo held on to take the points.
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