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xx DIV 3 SW LEAGUE RESULTS WED 23 APRIL 2014
Yesterday at 11:09:07 AM by HonSec | Views: 2 | Comments: 0

there were 2 re-arranged games played last evening with the following results :-
Bryncoch 12  Resolven 47
Morriston 41  Taibach 19

Bryncoch have now played all their games and remain at the bottom league place which regrettably means they will be relegated.  The second relegation place has still to be decided between Resolven in 10th place with 33 points and 3 games to play and Morriston in 11th place with 31 points and 2 games to play.  See our League Table page for the updated table.


xx PENLAN v YSTALYFERA SATURDAY 19 APRIL 2014
April 20, 2014, 11:51:44 AM by HonSec | Views: 229 | Comments: 0

”PROUD” PENLAN BEAT THE CHAMPIONS

Penlan proved dominant  > picture from Colin Rush

In their first league game against Ystalyfera last Christmas Penlan were away and lost by 26 to 5. They had played while missing some regular players and the result reflected their shortages.  In their website match report Ystalyfera had commented :-

“Penlan are one of the ‘younger’ sides in the league and are not used to losing in a comprehensive fashion. They were proud, loud and in the event not allowed to gain any advantage and no doubt will learn something from this experience today.”

In their return game it is fair to say that it was Ystalyfera who had some learning to do. Riding high as already crowned champions of Division 3 South West they came to Mynydd Newydd as unbeaten in their first 19 league games.

From the off, as referee Mr. Simon Rees from Ebbw Vale got the game under way with Penlan taking the kick, the Fera went all out to dominate and intimidate.  Some nasty injuries came Penlan’s way with outside-half Steven Williams being singled out and having to leave the field in the early stages with a bad eye injury.  By this time though Fera had established a 5 minute lead with 7 points with a dodging sprint around the Penlan defence to land a try between the posts: they converted without difficulty.

To their credit Penlan concentrated on their game despite the aggression and showed that their forwards were well up to the task of holding the Fera pack.  At 12 minutes Penlan won their lineout near the Fera 22 and made a determined push for the line.  The visitors were pushed straight back over their goal until second row Daniel Richards, on permit from Waunarlwydd RFC, safely grounded a fine try.  Scott Davies now at outside-half made a fine conversion to equal the score at 7 all.

Daniel Richards manages to land a first Penlan try  > picture from Mike Evans

Ystalyfera were feeling the strain with Penlan looking the sharper side and their efforts paid dividends again at about 30 minutes from a scrum on the half way.  Scrum-half Bobby Scrine won the ball and advanced through the defence deep into Fera territory until he made a quick off-load to Stuart James on the wing. Stuart made a superb sprint up the line to cross near the corner flag and give Penlan a 12 – 7 lead.

Stuart James lands his great try  > picture from Mike Evans

In the final minutes of the first half Penlan took the safe option of 3 penalty points from the visitors 22 with a class kick from Scott Davies to give Penlan the 15 – 7 lead at half time.

Advice was forthcoming from coaches Lee Banfield and Mark Glover at the half break but really all Penlan needed to do was to continue their fine well drilled performance.

In the second half the exciting game continued until at 25 minutes Fera managed to reduce the Penlan lead with a try near the posts following constant pressure that led to them managing to dodge through the Penlan defence.  A safe conversion made it a slim 15 – 14 Penlan lead.

At 35 minutes a penalty kick for Fera failed when the ball hit the posts and the danger that Penlan had been under spurred them into extra effort.  As the final whistle approached Penlan’s fitness and skill were putting the visitors under great pressure. Penlan were awarded a penalty which led to flanker Adam Glover making a great burst through the startled defence to near the line and make a quick off-load to Captain Bobby Scrine in support who sprinted over for a well executed try.

No stopping Bobby Scrine as he lands Penlan try 3  > picture from Mike Evans

Adam was making his welcome return after a few weeks absence and showed that he had lost none of his pace in the meantime.  A safe conversion from Scott Davies finally set the seal on the game and give Ystalyfera their first league defeat of the season, even depriving them of a losing score bonus. Possibly they will have been able to have learnt something from their experience at Mynydd Newydd.

Penlan Man of the Match for the fifth time this season was No. 8 Ian Scrine for his inspiring and constant contribution throughout the game.

It was a fine and resounding win for Penlan who had demonstrated the better rugby and their resolve to concentrate on their game despite distraction.  I don’t know about loud but yes they were definitely proud and deservedly so.  To their credit Ystalyfera weathered the defeat well and enjoyed the hospitality of the clubhouse after the game to drown their sorrows.

Thanks to our photographers, Colin Rush and Mike Evans – Colin’s have been uploaded to our gallery and Mike’s will be added to his website www.mike322.com

Penlan remain in fourth place with Maesteg Celtic and Brynamman in second and third having their own secure wins on Saturday.  With just one point between them the race is still on for which will emerge as runner-up to secure a play off to decide a promotion place.  Maesteg Celtic though have now completed all their 22 games and Brynamman have one left, away to Glyncorrwg.  Brynamman need that win on 3rd. May to give them a promotion play-off chance. Penlan still have 2 games left, Glyncorrwg home next Saturday then Morriston away on 3rd. May.

All Division 3 South West results are presently reported as :-
Brynamman 46    Bryncoch 7
Maesteg Celtic 48    Neath Athletic 7
Pencoed 10    Glyncorrwg 13
Penlan 22    Ystalyfera 14
Resolven 34    Morriston 36
Taibach 26    Pontycymmer 36


xx TAIBACH v MAESTEG CELTIC WED 16 APRIL 2014
April 17, 2014, 11:12:28 AM by HonSec | Views: 258 | Comments: 0

There was a mid-week catch up game last evening when Maesteg Celtic beat Taibach away by 42 to 14 with 6 tries to 2.  This moves them into second league place just one point ahead of Brynamman who have a game in hand.  Our League Table has been updated if you want more information.


xx SWANSEA DISTRICT DANKS GOWERTON CUP QTR FINAL SAT 19 APRIL
April 15, 2014, 09:37:41 AM by HonSec | Views: 263 | Comments: 0

The Draw for the Qtr Final of the Danks Gowerton Cup on Saturday 19th. April at 2.30pm is as follows :-

ABERCRAVE v NEATH ATHLETIC
GORSEINON v PENLAN
PONTARDDULAIS v GOWERTON
SEVEN SISTERS v TREBANOS


xx PONTYCYMMER v PENLAN SAT 12 APRIL 2014
April 13, 2014, 11:50:15 AM by HonSec | Views: 285 | Comments: 0

PENLAN SETTLE FOR A ONE POINT BONUS POINT AWAY TO PONTYCYMMER

Penlan were against a heavy front row  > picture from Colin Rush

Pontycymmer had obviously pulled out all the stops to re-dress the 19 – 3 loss they sustained in their away meeting against Penlan.  It was a heavier side that greeted Penlan in their away fixture at Lawrence Park and with some temporary team shortage the visitors were up against it.

Referee Mr. Matthew Burford from Aberdare got the game underway with Pontycymmer taking the kick-off on a cold but mainly dry day.  Penlan looked slow to settle down and it was obvious that the heavy Ponty pack were determined to deprive them of ball.  First points went to the home side at just 12 minutes from a penalty Penlan conceded in front of their posts for a 3 point lead.

The pressure on Penlan continued with a too and fro game until the 35 minute mark when Pontycymmer had a scrum on the Penlan 22 and began to push for the line.  They were held back but a quick pass out saw a successful run through and over the line for a firm touch down near the posts.  The conversion failed, to make it 8 – 0.

Pontycymmer supporters had turned out in numbers and maintained constant verbal pressure on the referee.  Whatever the effect, the majority of decisions seemed to go against Penlan which heaped on the pressure.  Just before the half time whistle another penalty awarded against Penlan at their posts gave Ponty 3 more points to stretch their lead to 11 – 0.

In the second half at just 3 minutes Penlan were pleased to have their own penalty award which full back Jack Harris made short work of to slot the ball between the posts and make it 11 – 3.

Penlan looked brighter in the second half but the battle to win ball was constant.  The faster rugby was coming from the visitors but some mistakes and the heavy defence from Ponty deprived them of score.  At 15 minutes though Penlan were on the charge and a fine kick ahead by outside-half Steven Williams was securely gathered up by Centre Dafydd Pritchard who sprinted through the defence to off-load to Full Back Jack Harris on the wing who sprinted clear up the touchline and land a great try near the corner flag.  This gave Penlan a better chance at 11 – 8 with plenty of time to go.

Jack Harris sprints clear up the touchline  > picture from Colin Rush

Jack safely takes the ball over for a fine try  > picture from Mike Evans

With renewed spirit Penlan stepped up their game and continually put Pontycymmer under pressure with a constant battle of the forwards for possession.  The Lawrence Park supporters increased their vociferous pressure and it seemed that almost every decision went against the visitors.  Nevertheless they kept up their pressure and looked the side most likely to score but it was not to be.  The game could easily have gone Penlan’s way but Pontycymmer were to succeed in holding them at bay and it was a relief for them when the final whistle sounded.  The Lawrence Park side were well satisfied with a useful win with Penlan having to be content with knowing that they had pushed the game to a slim margin and at least earned one bonus point.

Next week Penlan look forward to a great home game against unbeaten Ystalyfera who have already soundly secured the League Championship this season.  It will be a tough game for Penlan who will need to raise their game to meet the challenge.

As ever our very grateful thanks are due to Colin Rush and Mike Evans for their action photographs.  Colin’s have been uploaded to our gallery page and Mike’s will be uploaded to his website www.mike322.com

All Division 3 South West results are presently reported as :-

Bryncoch 10    Maesteg Celtic 34
Glyncorrwg 14    Taibach 8
Morriston 20    Brynamman 42
Neath Athletic 25    Pencoed 17
Pontycymmer 11    Penlan 8
Ystalyfera v Resolven postponed





xx UP & COMING
September 15, 2008, 08:39:30 PM by HonSec | Views: 9350 | Comments: 0

LUCKY FOUR DRAW 20 APRIL
Winning numbers  13. 14. 18. 24. £291

No winner so rollover to 27 April
APR 26 GLYNCORRWG HOME
MAY 3 MORRISTON AWAY
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SUNDAY BEER OFFER

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