Neath Athletic RFC | 1st Team 9 - 12 Pontycymer RFC | 1st Team

Match Report
17 October 2016 / Team News

Neath Athletic 9 - 12 Pontycymer RFC

Pontycymer travelled to Cwrt Herbert looking to overturn a powerful Neath Athletic outfit and it was the Garw Valley side who came away with the spoils with an all round fantastic workman-like team performance.
It was the home side that broke the dead-lock with an early penalty and this was closely followed by another putting them 6-0 up. This was just the wake up call the Lawrence Park side needed and with their big game players No.8 Jonny Evans and prop Ricky Griffiths making the hard yards at the coal-face the Green and Ambers were dealt a hammer blow when they lost talisman and cornerstone prop Steve Major, who was replaced by powerhouse prop Darren Williams. The Green and Ambers always held the upper hand at scrum time, pushing the home pack back at an alarming rate of knots. Pontycymer then got the opening try after some outstanding inter-play between backs and forwards the ball fell into the hands of pivot Ieuan Evans who weaved his magic and left the home defence tackling his shadows to get his side on the score-sheet. Fleet-footed Evans added the conversion himself to make it 7-6 at the break.

The second half was an evenly matched encounter with both sides going close to crossing the white-wash a number of times. Huge second half performances for Pontycymer came from centres Ryan John and Nicky Harris, also dynamic young flanker Dylan Phillips covered every blade of the Cwrt Herbert grass along with Ponty's player/coach Mike Thomas who played a vital cameo role late in the match. With five minutes left on the clock it looked like the home side had done enough to take the points with a penalty making it 9-7 in favour of the Neath based side but the visitors never say die spirt shone through and with the game deep into time added on live-wire scrum half Geraint Gillet broke the hearts of the Cwrt Herbert faithful tip-toeing around a wall of defenders to claim the winning try outwide.

The draw was made this week for round two of the Welsh Bowl Competition and Pontycymer have been handed a home tie against Tonna on Saturday October 8th, kick off 2:30pm.

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