February 22, 2015, 12:22:50 PM by HonSec
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THIRD BONUS WIN IN A ROW FOR PENLAN IN THEIR HOME GAME AGAINST HAVERFORDWEST
Penlan well on form again > picture from Colin Rush
In their first season meeting when Penlan had been away against Haverfordwest the result was a 13 point draw and was a game that Penlan could and should have won. They were determined to put matters right on Saturday when they entertained the West Wales side a home. Conditions were ideal on Saturday for the game, although it could have been warmer as the teams formed up with referee Mr. Brian Powell from Merthyr Tydfil taking control and doing a good job of managing a flowing and exciting game.
Haverfordwest took the kick off and from the start Penlan looked well in control of proceedings. The visitors were under pressure from the off and opened the score after just 10 minutes. Securing a lineout in the Haverfordwest 22, Penlan won their ball and flanker Robert Green advanced well towards the goal line. Penlan set up a push for the line which forced the visitors back and allow Rob Green to land a safe try which was ably converted by No. 10 Scott Davies.
Rob Green gets buried after landing his try > picture from Colin Rush
The pressure continued and at just 15 minutes Haverfordwest won their lineout in their 22 but Penlan turned them over with quick passing across field getting the ball to centre James Jenkins as he charged through the defence. He left defenders behind as he sprinted across the goal line for a great try. Scott Davies landed a second safe conversion to put Penlan ahead by 14 – 0 within the first quarter of the game.
Centre James Jenkins sprinted clear over the line > picture from Colin Rush
Just 3 minutes later Haverfordwest clawed back 3 points from a penalty kick by their No 10 Steven Williams, in front of the posts.
For most of the rest of the first half Haverfordwest kept Penlan at bay despite a series of relentless attacks for their line. Penlan were playing at their best and it was only a matter of time before they were to get through. Their efforts paid dividends at 35 minutes when centre Steven Williams made a superb long kick to find touch at their corner flag. The visitors made a long throw in which was safely won by Penlan and some quick passing by No 8 Ian Scrine safely got the ball to Adam Glover. He set up an attack for the line which proved unstoppable as he powered over the line.
Adam Glover on way for his try > picture from Colin Rush
With the score at 19 – 3 at half way Penlan knew that they were having one of their classic team games with them all playing their well rehearsed parts. As the second half started the rain came down for a while to add to the visitor’s discomfort. Penlan came out with more of the same determined play and just after 5 minutes added more points to their tally. They secured a scrum in the visitor’s 22 which they won and set up the push for the line. Centre Steven Williams and Scrum half Bobby Scrine both made determined charges for the line, making valuable ground until a push for the line resulted in Adam Glover crossing and landing his second try, earning Penlan their third four try bonus point in three successive games.
Adam Glover firmly lands his second try > picture from Colin Rush
His determined play throughout the game deservedly earned Adam Glover the man of the match award but it was encouraging that all the Penlan team gave their very best.
More constant work followed by Penlan putting Haverfordwest under pressure in their 22 until some quick passing led to another push for the line to allow flanker Rob Green to land his second safe and unstoppable try.
Rob Green lands his second safe try > picture from Colin Rush
At 35 minutes Rob Green scored his hat trick safely maintaining his top try scorer place as he displayed that he had speed as well as strength. The score came from a visitor’s lineout near their 5 metre which Haverfordwest initially won. They could not keep possession though and some quick Penlan passing got the ball to Rob Green as he sprinted through the defence and was unstoppable as he landed his try.
Rob Green secures his hat trick > picture from Colin Rush
Full back Steven Davies made quick work of the conversion to allow Penlan to end on an impressive 36 – 3 win. The score did not fairly reflect Haverfordwest’s ability who played well and had their chances but they had come up against the Mynydd Newydd side at their best which proved to be a formidable challenge.
On the second pitch alongside, Penlan were home to Neath Athletic in the Swansea First Financial Solutions league and, with a good turn out of players, secured their first win of the season by 17 – 7 and provided another exciting game for supporters in the process.
Thanks as ever to our resident photographer Colin Rush, whose photos have been uploaded to our gallery, and our best wishes to Mike Evans who we were missing due to illness.
Next week the Penlan first team is away to Hendy. It was a 32 – 9 win when they met at Penlan who will be hoping to secure the double but with Hendy now being in third place, one point ahead of Penlan, they will be keen to advance their lead.
All Division 2 West results are presently reported as :-
Gowerton 45 Llanybydder 25
Hendy 25 Cardigan 16
Llanelli Wanderers 22 Pontarddulais 9
Penclawdd 32 Aberystwyth 15
Penlan 36 Haverfordwest 3
Tycroes 32 Llandeilo 11