Chairman Peter Rees previews the Pontypridd game

Croeso cynnes iawn i bawb o Glwb Rygbi Pontypridd yn ôl i Fanc Yr Eglwys heddiw! A warm welcome to our visitors from Pontypridd RFC for this live televised Premiership fixture. Such has been the vagaries of the Premiership fixtures over recent seasons that we last welcomed the Sardis Road team to Church Bank way back in November 2016! The result on that occasion was a resounding home victory by 37 points to 3!
Whilst both teams come to this game with the same number of league points their respective lead ins to the fixture can hardly be much more different. In last week end’s cup fixture Ponty went down to an away loss at Merthyr whilst we are still celebrating a strong home win against resurgent Swansea. With games in hand Pontypridd last played a league fixture way back on 1st March when they went down to a one point loss away at Ebbw Vale whilst the Drovers have played three league game this month clocking up three wins including ironically a one in 49 point victory at Eugene Cross Park. With these results confidence must surely be highest in the home camp but as they say in so many other environments historical performance is no guarantee of future results and therefore we can surely look forward to today’s fixture with eager anticipation for a close contest with both teams hoping to consolidate their third place position in the league.
We are delighted that today we once again celebrate our now annual “Ladies Day” and this year it is bigger than ever with all tickets sold well in advance and the festivities moving from the “Red Room” to the main bar to give our guests room to enjoy themselves! The weather forecast looks favourable so I hope that you all have a great time and enjoy the game! These events do not happen without some effort and the Board of Directors would like to once again thank Helen, Sandra and Rachel for their enthusiasm and commitment.
Our Match Sponsors are Paul Adams of Adams Autos, Llandovery and Bridger & Co, Solicitors, Llandovery, thank you both, once again!
On a more sombre note it is with much sadness that we recall that Mansel and Tim (Morgan), two loyal club supporters, recently lost their mother and we of course pass on our sincerest condolences to them both.
Finally please make a note in your diaries that you have to be at the Gnoll on 6th April to support the Drovers in their Welsh Cup Semi Final fixture with Cardiff.

Er Gwaethaf Pawb a Phopeth Ni Yma o Hyd! Ymlaen Y Porthmyn!
Peter Rees Cadeirydd/Chairman

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Cardiff 16 13 0 3 396 243 61
Carmarthen Quins 17 10 3 4 372 278 54
Aberavon 16 11 0 5 371 272 53
Llandovery 16 9 2 5 344 285 48
Pontypridd 18 10 0 8 394 376 47
Merthyr 18 8 0 10 362 374 44
RGC 1404 17 8 1 8 409 381 43
Newport 15 7 0 8 294 278 37
Swansea 17 7 0 10 246 292 35
Llanelli 15 6 0 9 293 412 27
Ebbw Vale 17 4 2 11 283 351 27
Bridgend Ravens 18 3 0 15 271 493 19