Cherries rise to top of festive table

South Wales Guardian: TABLE-TOPPERS: Cwmgors leapt above Aberavon Green Stars with a 16-0 victory to claim the lead role over Christmas. TABLE-TOPPERS: Cwmgors leapt above Aberavon Green Stars with a 16-0 victory to claim the lead role over Christmas.

Division Four South West

Cwmgors 16 Aberavon Green Stars 0

Cwmgors ensured they would spend Christmas perched at the top of the Division Four South West tree courtesy of a well-deserved victory over the previously undefeated Green Stars at Parc y Werin.

In their first home fixture since October, the Cherries put in an their best team performance of the season to leapfrog the Stars and claim top spot.

The home back row of Ethan Price, Gethin Bugler and Richard Gregg were superb throughout while man of the match, lock Matthew Vickers, was magnificent.

In a predictably tight first half, try-scoring opportunities were at a premium. The best chance for the home side came with a lightning break from centre Lloyd Watson, who almost made it home before being smothered just short of the line.

Half-time arrived with Cwm leading 6-0, thanks to a brace of penalties from the boot of Steff Rees after ten and 30 minutes respectively.

A third Rees penalty early in the second half extended the advantage, while some ferocious Cwmgors tackling kept the backdoor firmly shut.

The killer score came when centre Lee Howells broke several tackles before finding Watson, who outstripped the defence to go in under the posts.

Rees’ conversion meant there was no way back for a beaten Aberavon side.

Long-serving Cherries stalwart Roger Bugler made a late substitute’s appearance to link up with son Gethin.

Cwmgors enjoy a break from league action and take on South Gower in the third round of the SWALEC Bowl at Parc y Werin on Saturday with an earlier 2pm kick-off.

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