Llandovery 2nd XV update

By Bryan Weaver | 24/09/2017

After their WRU Bowl setback against Neyland last weekend, the Drovers 2nd team gained a well deserved victory on Saturday over Bridgend Athletic in the newly formed WRU Conference.

Local reporters David Evans and David Jenkins bring us up to date on the two games.

The photos, from the Neyland game, are courtesy of Riley Sports Photography. To purchase copies of pictures, or seek permission for their use, visit the Riley Sports Photography website at http://www.rileysportsphoto.com/

The WRU Conference table is courtesy of the All Wales Sport website.


Llandovery Athletic 20 – 36 Neyland

Llandovery Athletic's first foray into the WRU Bowl ended at the hands of Division Three West visitors Neyland writes David Evans

The Pembrokeshire side - marshalled by player coach and fly half Steve Martin - came out on top but only after being given a stern test by the recently reformed Llandovery second fifteen. 

Neyland opened the scoring, exposing gaps in the home defence only for the Drovers to hit back immediately through captain and fly half Celfyn Davies after an outstanding offload from young prop Sion Windybank. 

From then on it became an arm wrestle up front with both packs giving nothing away.

Llandovery felt they were in the ascendancy when number 8 Ken Hughes went over from a pushover try to make the score just 22-20 in Neyland's favour with under 15 minutes to go.

But it was not too be as the lack of games and match practice caught up with the tiring Athletic.

Former Llanelli fly half Martin controlled the game for the visitors and the victory was taken away from the home side by two late tries to end what was a very promising effort from the Athletic in their first ever appearance in a national competition.


Bridgend Athletic 24 – 35 Llandovery Athletic

Llandovery Athletic gained their first victory in the newly formed WRU Conference with an impressive 35-24 away win over Bridgend Athletic writes David Jenkins.

The Drovers started well with second row Alvin Phillips going over from their first attack after good work by Joey Morgan on the wing. 

Bridgend Athletic used the wind at every opportunity and pinned the Drovers back in their own half for long periods. 

Some slack tackling let the home team build up a 17-7 lead but, with Gareth Morgan and Dylan Jones to the fore up front, the Drovers managed to work themselves back into the game. 

Youth flanker Tom Davies, who showed up well throughout, cut a lovely angle to run over from the 22 for a try on the stroke of half time.

In the second half fly half Daniel Davies and full back Celfyn Davies used the wind to full advantage, taking play into Bridgend territory at every opportunity. 

Joey Morgan scored a great individual try and victory was sealed when Kasper Andreason rounded his man and offloaded to the evergreen Ioan Davies.

Captain Celfyn Davies also chipped in with 3 conversions and 3 penalties for a personal tally of 15 points. 

The Drovers second team are again on the road next week as they travel to Crymych. 

 

Pictures from the Neyland game

 

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