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05 November 2017 / Club News

A welcome win

Betws 19 Llandeilo 23

It’s been a while since the last match report but I haven’t started again simply because we won yesterday. Honestly. Well, not entirely anyway.

I’ve been away for a month or so and in the two games since I’ve been back we’ve had two rather heavy defeats which weren’t much to write home about, so I didn't!

A quick round up - Lampeter away a couple of weeks ago was a big disappointment but we were comfortably beaten. On a miserably wet day we never really got going and Lampeter played to their strengths, which were a strong pack and a scrum half with a good left foot.

Bynea at home last week was probably even more frustrating. Our visitors turned up with a very different squad from the uninterested bare fifteen we outplayed in the Bowl in September and looked to have the game sewn up by half time. The boys put in a much better performance in the second half but it wasn’t enough.

So, to yesterday at Betws and it’s fair to say that, even this early in the season it was crucial that won to avoid losing touch with the top half of the table. Our games with Betws in the last few seasons have all been close and there wasn’t much in this one.

We started the better and, playing into the breeze and a bright sun, we commanded the first half. It was as well as we’ve played in the league all season but, despite good tries by Josh and Rob and Owain’s conversion, we all had the feeling that the 12-0 half time lead probably should have been greater.

And Betws proved us right, coming back at us with a couple of tries to twice get within a point, Owain's penalty keeping us just in front. Ows then went over out wide after a great break by Mark to restore some breathing space but there was still time for the hosts to score again leaving the score at 19-20 going into stoppage time. Fortunately, our scrum got stronger as Betws’s weakened late on and the pack won a penalty on the last play which Owain landed comfortably, to great relief all round.

Nice to get back on track, then, and a big confidence boost ahead of our next two matches against two of the pacesetters, Nantgaredig and Burry Port.

Llandeilo: Owain Roberts: Josh Davies, Dan Thomas, Carl Britt (Sam Davies), Iolo Roberts; Glyn Jones, Matthew Bailey: Nick Chappell (Iwan Madoc-Jones), Dan Roberts, Gareth Morgan (Gareth Evans), Rob Hughes, Bobby Jones, Sion Jones (Mark Harries), Harry Williams, Dan “Rutter” Thomas (Captain).

Other sub: Oscar Davies. Also in the squad: Sion Davies, Pete Pritchard.

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