Richards puts boot into Llanybydder
12:45pm Monday 24th February 2014 in Sport
Division Three West
Tycroes 12 Llanybydder 8
Hoping to keep up their momentum and maintain their perfect 100 percent home record, Tycroes entertained Llanybydder at the weekend.
Fielding several changes from the previous away victory at Pontyberem, Tycroes looked to close the gap on the top three.
Playing with the elements in the first half, Carwyn Richards gave the hosts the lead on four minutes with a well-struck penalty.
The lead was extended to six points on 11 minutes with another penalty by Richards.
Llyr Davies reduced the deficit on 21 minutes with a penalty for the visitors.
Playing the majority of the game in Llan’s half, Tycroes squandered several opportunities to score tries with key passes going to ground. Indicipline in the scrums and at line-outs also served to let the visitors of the hook.
It was left to Richards to extend the homesters lead with another penalty on the half-time whistle.
With Llan having the wind at their backs after the break, a raking downfield kick appeared to hit the corner flag and bounce back over the try line where upon full back Richards touched down for a 22 drop-out.
However, the referee saw things differently and awarded a line-out to Tycroes on their five-yard line.
But a dropped ball and a turn-over saw Llan scrum-half Gary Evans pounce to score.
Fortunately for the hosts, Davies missed with the extras.
This contentious decision was not the first of the day to displease the home crowd.
With more than 30 minutes remaining and with only a one-point lead to hold, Tycroes were forced onto the back foot and defended as if their lives depended on it - they didn’t disappoint.
The visitors weren’t given the chance to trouble the score board again and when Richards kicked his fourth penalty of the day on 67 minutes, the game was beyond Llan.
With the game gone, Llan discipline went with it. The visitors conceded penalty after penalty, incurring the wrath of the official and leading to the visiting blind-side flanker earning a yellow carded on 73 minutes.
Next weekend Tycroes travel to table-topping Gorseinon.