PENLAN WIN AT HOME AGAINST PONTYCYMMER
Contest of the forwards against Pontycymmer> picture from Colin Rush
Penlan wishes to thank our game sponsor today, Miles Hire Ltd for their valuable support.
A misty and showery day at Mynydd Newydd greeted Pontycymmer for their first encounter with Penlan. Referee Lynn Davies from Porth was in charge as Penlan kicked off to get the game under way.
The first half was a lack lustre performance by Penlan after their week break despite the majority of the action happening in the visitor’s territory. The only points in the first half went to Pontycymmer in the final moments with a penalty kick from fly-half Tom Davies. Penlan themselves had been awarded two penalties but the kicks just failed.
With Penlan trailing 0 – 3 some advice was forthcoming from coaches Lee Banfield and Mark Glover on how to best handle the heavy Pontycymmer pack. Penlan came out with renewed determination in the second half and looked sharper. Nevertheless it took 25 minutes before they got their first points. Constant forwards pressure with rucks and mauls advanced the ball well into the visitor’s half until Penlan were awarded a scrum on the 5 metre. Penlan won the ball and got it back to centre Jason Phillips who made a powerful charge until it was passed to second row Kurt Velardo who powered over the line for a welcome try. Outside Half Steven Williams made a safe conversion to put Penlan in front at last by 7 – 3.
Kurt Velardo lands the ball for Penlan’s first try> picture from Colin Rush
Penlan were on a roll and just 5 minutes later Captain and Scrum-half Bobby Scrine carried the ball well into the visitor’s territory with a great sprint until he made a fine offload to flanker Robert Green who stormed across the line for his seventh try of the season. Man of the Match, outside-half Steven Williams made a second safe conversion to extend the Penlan lead to 14 – 3.
Robert Green runs in for his try> picture from Colin Rush
Pontycymmer desperately tried to stem the Penlan pressure and for a time did so until just before the final whistle Penlan mounted a consistent attack for the line. A number of pick and go manoeuvres from Penlan advanced them to the line until it fell to Rob Green to barge over with the ball and score his second safe try.
Robert Green lands a try near the corner> picture from Colin Rush
Penlan were now looking for a fourth bonus point winning try and if time had not been called they looked like scoring another try but in the end settled for a 3 try win and 19 – 3 score against a strong Pontycymmer side. The win reinforced their third place in the league just one point behind Maesteg Celtic.
Next week there is another break in the league action as Penlan entertain Trebanos in the second round of the WRU Swalec Plate competition. Please note that it will be a 2pm kick off time at Penlan for that match.
As ever grateful thanks to our resident photographers Colin Rush and Mike Evans. More of Colin’s pictures have been posted on our gallery while Mike’s pictures will be posted on his website www.mike322.com.
All Division 3 South West results are presently reported as :-
Brynamman 33 Morriston 9
Maesteg Celtic 11 Bryncoch 6
Pencoed 25 Neath Athletic 15
Penlan 19 Pontycymmer 3
Resolven 13 Ystalyfera 32
Taibach 14 Glyncorrwg 8