06 March 2017 / Club News

Penybanc 10 Betws 3

With many local games succumbing to the weather and the Banc field not in the best of conditions, it was a credit to the ground staff that this game went ahead. This was a must win game, with relegation still a possibility for both clubs which meant a frantic start to the game as both sets of forwards tried to gain the upper hand. The Banc set piece seemed to get on top early on and despite poor conditions, both sides tried to move the ball. The Tigers had plenty of possession early on and several surges from forwards Shaun James, Zac Rees and Jamie Bradley, playing on permit, nearly saw the opening try. Stout defence from the away team though held the hosts out. Banc were not to be denied though as Centre Mikey Rees touched down shortly after for his first try for the club. Fly half Mathew Lloyd added the extras. Both sides continued to try and play but both found openings difficult to come by as defences ruled. The Betws fly half added a well struck penalty to pull them back into it but this was nullified as Lloyd hit one of his own. The score remained the same until half time. Penybanc 10 Betws 3 The Banc back row of Cellan Harris, Mark Tench and Aled Danter were starting to get the upper hand on their opponents with a number of big hits. Banc rang the changes in the first 10 minutes of the second half with the fresh legs on the heavy surface having a positive effect. Mathew Lloyd was marshalling his troops well behind the scrum and some neat interpassing nearly saw an opening. The powerful Tom Gale made his presence felt and was the perfect foil for the dangerous Mikey Rees outside him. While it wasn’t a day for the back three, Williams, Griffiths and McCall acquitted themselves really well and snuffed out any half chances going the way of the visitors. Betws manged to get some possession in the last 10 minutes and went all out for the try but the Banc defence once again stood firm led by Cellan Harris and Aled Danter. This was a typical derby with no side giving an inch. This time though, the Tigers wanted it that little bit more and bagged the points. Credit must go to referee Julian Thomas who officiated the game perfectly in terrible conditions. Banc head to high flying Burry Port this Saturday in their last trip of the season before completing the league programme with three home games.

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