Division 1 west round up : Three on the trot for Emlyn but defeat for Crymych and Aberystwyth.
Crymych 6 Felinfoel 13
A penalty from full back Aled Roberts helped Felinfoel clinch their third win on the bounce at Parc Lloyd Thomas but they were forced to work hard against a home side that pushed them all the way to the line.
The Preselimen were once again missing a few key players and reliable full back Adam Phillips who has been in outstanding form this season was switched to outside half and it was he who provided the only home score of the first half when he slotted over a penalty. This following a try from Felinfoel scrum half Dafydd Daniel which was converted by Roberts to add to a penalty he slotted over earlier.
With the scores at 10-3 at the break the game was well in the balance and this is how it remained for most of the second half with scoring opportunities scarce and defences on top with the likes of centre Carwyn Phillips, hooker Rhys Richards and second row Mathew Freebury putting in some big hits for the hosts.
Crymych reduced the deficit to only four points when stand off Phillips slotted over his second penalty and this set up a very tense final quarter but it was the current league leaders who managed to sneak through for the win with Roberts bagging another three pointer late on. The Preselimen though gained a well-earned losing bonus point.
This weekend Crymych entertain Gorseinon a team with a similar record so far this season.
Whitland 10 Newcastle Emlyn 31
It was three wins on the bounce for joint leaders Newcastle Emlyn as well as they ended the winning run of Whitland thanks to the reliable boot of full back Shaun Leonard who was in top form once again.
The talented footballer contributed seventeen points for his team and kept the scoreboard ticking over at crucial times.
The visitors were ahead 16-3 at the break with the only home score coming from the boot of Nico Setaro a former player at Ddol Wiber but Emlyn ran in for tries through stand off Sion Edwards and winger Llyr Freeman. Full back Leonard also slotted over a couple of penalties
He added to this in the second half with a succession of penalties and a conversion before Whitland hit back with a try from No 8 Scott Buirds converted by Setaro. The visitors were also awarded a penalty try and they were well worth their win in the end with their greater big match experience serving them well in the second half.
Aberystwyth 13 Llangennech 20
There was no joy for Aberystwyth as three early tries in quick succession blew the wind out of the hosts sails and they never really recovered after this with Llangennech winning by 20-13.
The first was scored by winger Rhys Davies, the second by blind side Bowen and the best of these being the third try, which came straight from the kick-off when ball was fielded on the 22 and passed through five or six pairs of hands before releasing scrum-half George to score a super try.
Aber regained some composure and scored a smart try when Llyr Thomas put in a delicate grubber through the defence for Mathew Hughes to win the race for the touch-down. Llangennech hit back to score their bonus point try when No 8 Jordon Saunders burst through to make the half-time score 5 – 20.
Aber started the second half with a bit more drive and purpose and managed to go through more phases in attack and scored next when winger James Coulton fielded a wayward Llangennech clearance and passed inside to Mathew Hughes who sliced through the defence, passed to the supporting Coulton who barged his way over in the corner.
Llangennech seemed to be visibly tiring and Aber kept them under increasing pressure by going through phase after phase. After one good prolonged attack Llangennech conceded a penalty which Llyr Thomas knocked over to secure a losing bonus point for Aber.