PONTYBEREM came from behind to earn an excellent victory over promotion rivals Pembroke on Saturday (Mar 2) as they earned a 21-17 victory.
The clash between two of the league’s top three had been eagerly anticipated but it was the visitors who eventually came out on top.
Both sides went into the game with unbeaten runs of eight (Pembroke) and seven (Pontyberem) respectively so something had to give.
James Prosser got Pontyberem’s first try of the game and Dominic Sauro added the extra two points to put them 0-7 ahead.
Pembroke then hit back well and scored their first try through Sam Smith after some sustained pressure.
Another excellent move followed and it was finished off by Shaun Dalling under the posts and Toby Smith added the extras.
With the score 12-7 at half time the game was still very much up for grabs and it looked as if Pembroke would get the first score of the second half when Tom Harding-Jones kicked the ball forward but possession was lost after a knock on.
Pontyberem went up the other end and after a spell of pressure it was they who got the first score when Dom Sauro kicked a penalty through the posts to make it 12-10.
The visitors then had a man sent to the sin bin and four minutes later Pembroke increased their lead.
A stunning run from Harding-Jones saw him bulldoze his way through and cut inside to score an excellent try. The conversion from Toby Smith was short and Pembroke now led 17-10.
The restart from the Bont was kicked long but a Pembroke player carried the ball into touch when trying to catch the ball giving possession straight back. The visitors made their way over to the right but were penalised for holding on.
Moments later the visitors scored another penalty with Sauro making no mistake to bring the score to 17-13.
Pontyberem came close again but a knock on gave the ball back to Pembroke.
However, the visitors came forward again and were rewarded with a try for winger Tom Lloyd.
That put them into the lead at 17-18 and another penalty from Sauro increased their lead to 17-21.
Pembroke tried to get a late score which would have seen them snatch victory but it didn’t come and they were forced to settle for a losing bonus point.
The win for Pontyberem brings them to within a point of now second placed Pembroke and five points off leaders Penclawdd.
The Bont have a game in hand on both sides and could be top of the table if they win it.
Both sides now take a two week break and are in action again on Saturday, March 23, when Pembroke travel to Mumbles and Pontyberem travel to Loughor.
Sadly, after the game it was confirmed that influential Pontyberem centre Mikey Jenkins, who was carried off late in the game, had been diagnosed with a multiple fracture of his ankle. All at the Herald wishes Mikey a speedy recovery.
Cottage Inn 5K returns
FOR the second time, runners of all ages and abilities headed to The Cottage Inn Pub, Carmarthen Road on the outskirts of Llandeilo on Friday Evening (Sept 6) for an event which was first introduced 12 months ago in 2018.
Thanks to the great feedback from those in attendance at the debut event in September last year, here it was making a welcome return in the road running calendar once again!
The Cottage Inn Junior Mile & 5K distances was a road running race held to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support with a donation also made to the Llandeilo Mayor Fund.
After starting across the field from the Cottage Inn pub itself, the course took runners on an out-and-back loop around the quiet country lanes of the area.
Once the morning rain had cleared away, the evening sunshine in West Wales saw a total of 101 finish the 5K whilst 41 children got involved in the Junior Mile with a number of parents and guardians running alongside little ones.
All finishers who completed the course collected their finishers’ medal, welcomed home with a round of applause by parents, friends and club mates. In addition, the first three boys and girls in the junior mile and the first three men and women in the 5K were presented with a trophy.
This all happened before runners and spectators socialised afterwards, enjoying some burgers, hot dogs and drinks in each other’s company.
Club vests were out on show from the local clubs of Llanelli AC, Amman Valley Harriers, Carmarthen Harriers, Trots and Sarn Helen. Junior mile children were representing Ysgol Llangadog, Ysgol Bro Dinefwr, Ysgol Llangynnwr, Llandeilo CP, Ysgol Llandybie, Ysgol Brynaman, Ysgol Teilo Sant, Ysgol Ffairfach, Ysgol Gymraeg Rhydaman, Ysgol Nantgaredig and Ysgol Parcyrhun. Several Unattached athletes also got involved at their first appearance at a running event on Friday evening.
Two course records were broken in 2019 and both in the male categories. Macsen Toogood took nine seconds off his own time recorded in 2018 of 5 minutes 7 seconds, whilst David Keenan’s winning time of 16:59 in the 5K was sixteen seconds faster than 12 months ago.
Junior Mile – Boys: 1 Macsen Toogood (Ysgol Bro Dinefwr/Carmarthen Harriers) 00:05:07; 2 William Coles (Ysgol Llangadog/Carmarthen Harriers) 00:05:25; 3 Charlie Price (Ysgol Bro Dinefwr/Carmarthen Harriers) 00:05:47
Junior Mile – Girls: 1 Esme Lynock (Ysgol Llangadog/Carmarthen Harriers) 00:06:17; 2 Grace Toogood (Ysgol Teilo Sant/Carmarthen Harriers) 00:06:43; 3 Fflur Jones (Ysgol Llangadog) 00:07:18
5K – Men: 1 David Keenan (Llanelli AC) 00:16:59; 2 Matt Yelland (Amman Valley Harriers) 00:18:59; 3 Andy Mccall (Amman Valley Harriers) 00:19:00
5K – Women: 1 Wendy Price (Carmarthen Harriers) 00:20:09; 2 Elizabeth Tremlett (Carmarthen Harriers) 00:20:30; 3 Noami Williams (Amman Valley Harriers) 00:22:48
The event by now is annual and it is expected to attract big numbers when 2020 comes around.
Organised superbly and efficiently by Amman Valley Harriers’ Clara Davies, she thanked all the volunteers, runners and supporters alike who turned out to support the event and help raise money for a great cause.
Borderers hold on to beat Pembroke
Pembroke 24-25 Whitland
A LATE missed conversion saw Whitland take the spoils from an entertaining Pembrokeshire-derby with Pembroke on Saturday (Sept 14).
Pembroke drew 25-25 in Aberystwyth in their first game in League 1 West the previous week and they knew they would face another tough test against a strong Whitland pack.
The home side started the better of the two as they pulled their opponents around the park before scoring their first try of the game.
19-year-old Tom Harding-Jones picked up the ball from the backs and beat a couple of defenders to touch down. Toby Smith added the extras for a 7-0 lead.
They scored again soon after as Harding-Jones took a long pass from Smith before diving over in the corner. Smith missed the conversion.
Whitland were then given a penalty try as Pembroke were adjudged to have collapsed a driving maul, bringing the score back to 12-7.
Pembroke lost Lloyd Davies to a yellow card as a result of that and shortly before the break Whitland scored again through Jac Howells to bring the scores level.
It remained level at half time but Whitland went ahead early in the second half when Nico Setaro scored a penalty.
Pembroke then hit back as Sean Dalling went over on the right hand side and Smith then converted to make it 19-15 to the home side.
The Borderers then went ahead with an unconverted try that was scored by Marc Jones.
The home side then began to dominate as they looked to retake the lead but a loose pass saw Whitland kick ahead and it was Gino Setaro who won the race to the ball to touch down and increase their lead. The conversion was missed and the score remained 19-25.
With time running out Jordan Evans, on as a second half sub, picked up the ball from the scrum and ran 15 metres to score.
Smith faced a difficult conversion from out wide and was just unable to get the ball through.
It meant the score stayed at 24-25 and try as they might they were unable to find a late score which would have won the game.
Whitland held on for a thrilling win but Pembroke were left ‘gutted’ that they didn’t quite pick up the win.
Despite the result, Pembroke Head Coach Geraint Lewis was pleased with his squad which featured a number of young players adding that they had competed well with two good sides in their opening games of the season.
Kia’ kit out Calsonic U16s
GRAVELLS KIA KIDWELLY has gifted branded kit to a local football team, Calsonic Kansei U16s, as part of Kia Motors (UK) Ltd’s nationwide ‘Gift of Kit’ initiative which aims to support local grassroots football teams across the UK.
The new kit aims to help local players stand out on the pitch and since the initiative started, Kia has seen fantastic results for the local teams with 121 dealerships providing over 3,470 sets of kit to 129 football clubs and 127 cricket clubs across the nation.
Wyn Edwards, one of the coaches of Calsonic U16s commented; “We can’t thank Gravells Kia Kidwelly enough for helping this newly formed team feel professional in their new kit. We are hoping it will inspire them to perform well this season.”
Jonathan Gravell, General Manager of the Gravells Group said: “We are thrilled to be supporting Calsonic U16s. Playing in their new kit will be a great boost to them and their supporters. As a local business, we are passionate about giving back to our community and we look forward to seeing how the team performs.”
For more information about Kia’s ‘Gift of Kit’ initiative and to find out how you can get involved with future projects, please visit www.kiagiftofkit.co.uk/club.
You can also stop by Gravells Kidwelly SA17 4TF or call the team on 01554 890436 to find out what’s coming up in your area.
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