November 02, 2014, 12:26:34 PM by HonSec
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5 TRY AWAY WIN FOR PENLAN AGAINST BRAVE LLANDEILO
An autumn encounter for Penlan and Llandeilo > picture from Colin Rush
The autumn season was evident with the leaves still falling and the pitch heavy going at Llandeilo for Penlan’s Saturday league fixture. There were some light showers early on but for the most part the weather was fine.
Llandeilo, still to get any league points, were currently having some difficulties this season but they played bravely as a team that never looked downhearted and determined to do their best for their club.
Referee Mr. Alun Emanuel took able charge of the game with Penlan making the kick off. Things went wrong for Llandeilo from the off with Penlan almost immediately securing a lineout on their 5 metre. A strong Penlan maul followed that pushed the defence back over their line so that scrum-half Bobby Scrine could land a safe try after no more than the first minute of play.
Bobby Scrine scorer of Penlan’s early first try> picture from Colin Rush
Outside-half, Steven Davies, made a difficult conversion kick look easy to give Penlan the early 0 – 7 lead.
As Llandeilo recovered from the shock of the early score, a couple of minutes later Penlan conceded a penalty kick which was safely kicked by Llandeilo outside-half Gareth Jones to make it 3 – 7.
The home side held the visitors at bay for a time although it was clear that the Penlan side looked the stronger and more experienced outfit. At about 13 minutes the Penlan pack won their lineout on the Llandeilo 22 and set up a rolling maul that pushed the defenders clear backwards towards their goal line until a quick pass out reached right wing Stuart James who outpaced the defence to dive across the line for a second Penlan try.
Stuart ploughs through the leaves to land his try > picture from Colin Rush
A second safe conversion by Steven Davies gave Penlan a 3 – 14 lead.
Rob Green at No 8 was in scoring form again in his third game this season when he scored his fourth try. It came at the 25 minute mark when Penlan won their scrum on the home 5 metre and pushed the Llandeilo pack across their line.
Rob Green scores his fourth try in his third game > picture from Colin Rush
Like a machine, No. 10 Steven Davies slotted his third safe conversion to extend the Penlan lead to 3 – 21
Never looking like giving in the Llandeilo side stepped up their game and took the action into the Penlan half for the first time in the game. Penlan were under pressure for a while but fought back. At 30 minutes they were back on the attack with Centre Daniel Hadley making a strong sprint up field for Penlan to cross the line. The spirited Llandeilo defence held firm with Penlan judged to have made a double movement over the line. The score held 3 – 21 at half time.
Coach Lee Banfield used the break to impart some words of wisdom to his side but waited until 10 minutes into the second half to make his first two team changes.
The Penlan work continued until shortly after the changes when Penlan won their lineout again near the home 22. A steady push for the Llandeilo line forced them back across their line until second row Kurt Velardo firmly grounded Penlan’s fourth try to earn them an extra bonus point.
Kurt Velardo who landed the fourth try > picture from Colin Rush
Working on auto-pilot, Steven Davies piled on the Llandeilo misery with his fourth safe conversion to extend the Penlan lead to 3 – 28.
Penlan made another two team changes as Llandeilo continued their valiant efforts to make progress. They did have their chances and gave Penlan occasional trouble but the defence was strong. It was not until almost 30 minutes into the half that Penlan managed to breach the home defence again. Penlan won ball from their scrum and it was advanced well forward by replacement winger Sean Lewis. A fine across pass found 10 Steven Davies who made a long and well timed across field pass to centre Steven Williams who left the defence well behind as he sprinted through the posts to land a fifth try for Penlan.
Steven Williams unstoppable as he heads for his try > picture from Colin Rush
Steven Davies was having a storm and held his 100% kicking tally with his fifth safe conversion to stretch the Penlan lead to 3 - 35
No. 10 Steven Davies makes it 5 out of 5 > picture from Colin Rush
In the final stages of the game it was to Llandeilo’s credit that they were continually putting Penlan under pressure and for quite some time were camped on their goal line. It seemed inevitable that a score would come but cruelly for them the Penlan defence and discipline held strong enough to deprive them until the final whistle went.
Llandeilo may have been down but they were certainly not out and their brave and young side have spirit which is a credit to their club.
Prop Liam Richards was a powerhouse for Penlan both in set and open play and was justly awarded the Penlan Man of the Match accolade.
The bonus point win moves Penlan up into third place with some hard games from new teams to come. With no games now until an evening friendly with Bonymaen on Friday 28th. November. Coach Lee Banfield has given his side a rest from training next Tuesday but work will resume at training on Thursday.
Excellent work again by resident photographer Colin Rush in capturing the action. You can see his pictures on our gallery – thanks Colin. We were missing the clicking camera of Mike Evans on Saturday who is not too well at present and we all hope he gets better soon.
Penlan’s seconds enjoyed a good home game encounter against Seven Sisters but did not enjoy the 7 – 32 result as much, but onwards and upwards guys.
Presently the results in Division 2 West are reported as :-
Aberystwyth 27 Haverfordwest 16
Cardigan 3 Gowerton 29
Hendy 27 Llanelli Wanderers 32
Llandeilo 3 Penlan 35
Llandybydder 12 Tycroes 17
Pontarddulais 24 Penclawdd 14