Featherstone puts boot in to ensure path to round three
3:20pm Monday 28th October 2013 in Sport
Llandybie 21 Llangadog 15
Llandybie entertained Llangadog on Saturday in the Swalec Bowl and battled their way to a well-deserved victory.
The hosts were without their scrum half, Number 8 and a recognised second row forward, but having lost narrowly to the visitors twice last season, were desperately keen to reverse the result.
The early exchanges were even with both teams testing each other.
From a good forward drive Tom Griffith got his back line moving allowing Chris Powell to create the space for winger Dafydd Nicholas to sprint clear and score after ten minutes.
A penalty by Ben Featherstone increased the lead before Matthew Bailey reduced the arrears with a penalty for Llandadog.
Without a recognised line-out jumper Llandybie struggled to win ball and the visitors put the home team under a lot of pressure.
Ashley Elias, Mark Tench and Trystan Tommason tackled well at the breakdown, but a good series of drives from the visitors resulted in Llandybie pulling down a driving maul and the referee awarded a penalty try, converted by Bailey, to put Llangadog into a 10–8 half-time lead.
Early in the second half Featherstone missed a penalty to restore Llandybie’s lead but a storming run down the middle by Lyndon Davies broke the back line and full back Josh Williams was at his shoulder to canter over, Featherstone converted.
Llangadog came storming back and good work from the forwards put Aled Jenkins over for a try wide out to tie the scores at 15-15.
Llandybie came close a couple of times but the play swung from end to end.
Llangadog put winger Emyr Evans clear twice but he was cut down by Johnny Lloyd, Featherstone and Tracy Lewis.
Hooker Rhys Cann, prop Dai Lloyd and second row Jonathan Davies worked hard at scrum time but Llangadog, under pressure gave two penalties away late on, both kicked by Featherstone to give Llandybie victory.
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