Llandybie fell at home to New Dock Stars in Division 3 West B.

The match saw Llandybie - who are now sitting third from bottom -hosting third-placed New Dock, aiming to improve on their last encounter just a fortnight ago.

Merlyn McClelland's thirty yard run from the kick off set an encouraging tone early in the game, albeit under gale force conditions that challenged both sides to maintain possession.

Early advantage went to Llandybie with a penalty from Rhys Tench in the face of tireless New Dock offloading, which led to a strong defence from the hosts.

Despite a promising break from Tom Davies and Luke Sutton, Llandybie suffered a mishap when a final pass was deemed forward.

New Dock took advantage of their skilled ball handling and scored three quick tries in the last quarter of the first half, leading 17 - 3 at half time.

Llandybie fought back in the second half, using their solid scrum, led by veteran Dai Lloyd, to mount pressure.

A calculated offensive effort saw Kieran Williams feeding Rhys Tench and Iestyn Richards, while backup was provided by McClelland and Dafydd Evans.

This escalating action led to Rhys Jones forcing his way over wide out.

McClelland and Steff Jones at the inside centre made a notable impact in the game with a number of tackles, and Richards and Tom Howell both also put shifts in.

Despite the push from Llandybie, New Dock managed to score another try and a long-range penalty, bringing the score to 25 – 8.

Yet the game's crown jewel was an impressive try from Llandybie.

Pressured within their own twenty-two, Luke Sutton identified a gap and broke away to halfway.

This led to Sutton drawing the last New Dock defender, creating an opportunity to offload to Steff Jones who sprinted for a ninety-yard converted try.

Although New Dock were the victorious side with a 25-15 win, Llandybie reflected on an improved performance from their previous game.

Dai Lloyd was awarded Llandybie’s man of the match.

Looking forward, Llandybie RFC are due to host Tumble next week.