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Match Report
24 January 2018 / Team News

Neyland v Llangwm

Wasps just miss out on first victory

Neyland 5 - Llangwm 3

George Williams - scored only try of the match for Neyland against LlangwmLlangwm had lost by 59-5 at home to Milford Haven in the previous tussle between these old rivals but showed terrific spirit as they came very close to claiming their first victory of the season in this second leg of the Paul Sutton Memorial Cup, competed for annually between these near neighbours.

The Wasps rook an early lead with a Steve Picton penalty but will look back on two other relatively simple missed three-pointers near the posts, one where the ball fell off the tee and a hastily conjured dropped goal went the wrong side of the woodwork.

Neyland took a 5-3 lead into half time as some good handling amongst their back division allowed young centre George Williams to race over the line for an unconverted try.

Both teams had early chances in the second half but the conditions worsened – although The Wasps looked the more likely to score for the final quarter as  18 year old centre Daniel Davies played well on debut from Narberth; whilst centre James Lewis, hooker Gethin Lewis, second rower Steve Rees and Josh Hicks caught the eye. Ieuan Power at prop and Aled Morgan, in a cameo performance on the wing, were other Wasps to buzz.

But there was to be no more scoring as Steve Martin’s boys defended well and at the final whistle it was left to Jonathan Sutton to present the silverware to Neyland skipper Mark James – but Llangwm showed how they are growing in confidence as the season progresses.

*An interesting talking point after the match in the Llangwm camp was in regard to two recent incidents; starting when Dai Owen went to come on as replacement against Haverfordwest and in stretching a little too enthusiastically damaged an Achilles tendon and had to go to hospital – and in this match Dafydd Bevan came on a replacement and after a tackle at his first scrum was sent off by the referee. He was teased afterwards by his colleagues and coaches about whether he had outlasted poor old Dai – and took it in good humour, despite his disappointment!


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