Fishguard 14 Betws 17
9:00am Friday 14th September 2012 in Sport
Division Four West
BETWS snatched a dramatic injury-time win when experienced duo Cellan Davies and scrum-half Dylan Rees combined to produce a long range breakaway try in the final play of the game.
With a distinct slope advantage, the homesters applied the pressure from the outset and with their big pack providing a solid platform they created a number of opportunities to open the scoring.
However numerous errors enabled the visitors to hold on until midway through the half when wing Sam Kurtz eventually got the breakthrough with a strong run to the corner. Outside-half James Griffiths added the touchline conversion for a 7-0 lead.
The homesters continued to apply the pressure but were unable to increase their lead with two failed penalty kicks and further handling errors. However at the end of the half a yellow card to visiting wing-forward Neil Lewis and a quickly taken penalty enabled the homesters to exploit some weak defence for James Griffiths to get the touchdown and conversion for a 14-0 half-time lead.
Betws quickly put themselves back in the gamewith a well taken try by full-back Ian Rees as he entered the line at pace to sprint clear from the half-way line, and also add the simple conversion.
The Betws pack were now also building momentum and a catch and drive from player- coach Tim Butler saw them power 25 metres to the line before number 8 Mark Roweston crashed over for a try to reduce the deficit further.
Fishguard had their second- row sin-binned during this period of pressure and rather than take the three points on offer to put them ahead Betws opted for the short-range scrum in an attempt to secure a pushover or penalty try. However despite conceding two further penalties the homesters managed to survive the onslaught and it looked as if the visitors would rue the decision not to take the kick.
Deep into injury time the homesters, having worked their way upfield, made the fatal error of keeping the ball alive in their attempt to deny the visitors a losing bonus point. Unfortunately for them there were a few of the visiting team who had not accepted defeat and when former Llanelli prop Mark O’Kelly secured a turnover near his own line, Dylan Rees showed great determination to get on the shoulder of centre Cellan Davies 60 metres out to take the scoring pass and leave the homesters stunned.
This Saturday Betws will be looking to extend their winning start to the season when they entertain Llanybydder.
Betws 2nds also had a good win with a 65-11 defeat of newly-formed visitors Pantyffynnon.