25 September 2017 / Club News

Llandeilo 28 Penybanc 23

Banc made the short trip to Llandeilo on Saturday hoping the form they showed in their emphatic win over Pantyfynnon the previous week in the SWALEC Bowl would transfer to the league campaign. Despite missing a few key players, there was plenty of quality in the starting line-up. In beautiful conditions, Banc started the better and were soon 6-0 ahead through the boot of inform fly half Mathew Lloyd. The home side hit back soon after with a penalty of their own. The tigers had a few chances with breaks from wing Christian Hughes and centre Mikey Rees but couldn’t finish off. Lloyd added a further penalty but this was cancelled out by his opposite number before referee Andrew Davies blew up for half time.

Banc could be satisfied with their first half effort and came out gunning for the win in the second half. Big carries from prop Zac Rees skipper Aled Danter gave good momentum and Lloyd soon added a further three pointer. The home side would not give in though and took the lead when their flanker burst through the middle of a ruck to go over under the posts. This was improved on but back came the Tigers with another Lloyd penalty. Banc rung the changes and started to take ascendency at scrum time. After several powerful shoves and the home pack tiring, No 8 Ian Cooper went close before scrum half Owen Williams danced his way over in the corner. This brought the score to 23-23 with only a few minutes remaining. It was now win or bust for both sides and despite Banc dominating, it was the Llandeilo centre that showed great gas to make a clean break and offload to his winger to score. Banc had a minute left to get the try and carried well into the home half with Cellan Phillips, Cooper and replacement centre Richard Thomas making big yards. A mistake though snuffed out the chance and the referee blew for full time. Despite being bitterly disappointed, this was another industrious performance from the Tigers filled with effort and commitment with surely, their first win around the corner. The games don’t get any easier as we welcome Burry Port to Tigertown on Saturday.

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