13 November 2017 / Club News

Penybanc 20 New Dock 19

After 2 thumping defeats previously, Banc welcomed New Dock, who themselves were a much improved side from last season, hoping to get a victory which would get their season back on track. With both teams looking to start a march up the league table, it always going to be a tight affair. Banc started the better with skipper Aled Danter punching some holes in the away defence and created a couple of opportunities wide out. It was Dock however that struck first blood with a penalty. Banc continued to apply pressure in attack and a after a big carry from centre Tom Gale, wing  Will Griffiths was able to make ground before fly half Mathew Lloyd went over to give the tigers the lead. Prop Zac Rees made hard yards before Lloyd released his backline to hand wing Nathan Tucker a try. Dock hit back with a try of their own and kicked a penalty  for a half time lead of 13-10.

The second half begun the same as the first with Banc trying to get their dangerous wings into play as often as possible. With the Banc scrum slowly getting on top of the opponents, it gave the backs more time on the ball and Tucker was able to squeeze over for a second with 20 minutes to go. Lloyd added a superb conversion from the touchline to give the tigers the edge at 17-16. Dock threw everything at the home line in the final quarter but aggressive defence from flanker Cellan Harris and Owain Pritchard kept the away team out. With the home supporters now starting to believe a win was on the cards, some poor indiscipline from the Banc pack allowed the visitors to nudge ahead with a superb penalty. With play on half way, the referee signalled last play. Banc knew they had to get as far up felid as possible to get a chance of a penalty. Scrum half Owen Williams made a darting run which was continued by Tom Gale. The away team infringed at the ensuing ruck and the referee gave the penalty. Up stepped Lloyd who slotted the winning kick much to the delight of the home fans. While there is still a lot of improvements to be made, a win here was essential and the boys ground it out, showing great character to continue to play to the final whistle.

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