Division 3 west A
Aberaeron 29 Laugharne 29
A late conversion from seagulls outside half Rhodri Jenkins earned his side a share of the spoils to keep his team in with a shout at the top of the table.
This hard fought draw could have so easily gone the way of the visitors who won the corresponding fixture at the start of the season but on reflection most were of the opinion that a draw was a fair result.
Aberaeron came flying out of the blocks from kick off and were rewarded with an early penalty by Rhodri Jenkins, only for Laugharne to take advantage virtually from the restart with a break that resulted in a try for No 8 Mikey Williams which was converted by centre by Tom Jameson. On the day it was apparent that Aberaeron’s Achilles heel was the lack of control and presence on the restart and the visitors soon capitalised with Williams scything through the defence for his second try, again converted by Jameson.
Facing a 11 point deficit the tide then turned as firstly wing Ifan Slinger slid over in the corner with a superb conversion by Jenkins and following a forward surge where flanker Aaron Lewis and hooker Ceri Wyn Davies were involved, it was the latter that took the glory to give his side an unlikely lead. This however was not to last as further indecision from the restart gave Jameson a penalty opportunity which was duly converted to give his team the advantage at the break.
The second half developed in similar fashion and again it was Williams who was first off the mark for his hat-trick to extend the visitors lead. Back came the hosts with No 8 Tudur Jenkins dominating the lineout and the front row brigade in the form of prop Alex Danton emulating his hooker with a close range effort followed by another Jenkins conversion. And with the draw a likely result further confusion from the restart gave an opening for Laugharne for an overlap which wing Wil Evans gobbled up and a scent of victory.
However thankfully for the hosts the best was to come and with Aberaeron deep in their own half Jenkins created a break and from the 22 a superb kick ahead was gathered by centre Dafydd Llewelyn and he sped away to touch down and give Jenkins a simple conversion to tie the scores.
Pics by Nick Hermann.
Pembroke Dock Quins 3 Lampeter Town 22
Lampeter continue to blaze a hot trail at the top of division 3 following a comfortable win over promotion hopefuls Pembroke Dock Quins at Bierspool.
This bonus point victory keeps the leaders just ahead of St Clears but on the same number of points.
For Lampeter it was sweet revenge after losing out to the Quins on the opening day of the season and the Ceredigion side kept things very tight in the opening half conceding just a penalty but they hit back with tries from flanker Tyler Heath alongside second rows Gareth Griffiths and Daryl Davies.
The Quins regrouped at the break and came back strongly but they were continually held up by some superb defending and it was Lampeter who had the final word with a try from stand off Jones which he also converted.
Next up for Lampeter is a local derby against Tregaron on December 28th followed by another derby affair away at Llanybydder.
Tregaron and Llanybydder met on the weekend and it turned out to be a ding dong affair with Llanybydder running out victors by 36-32.