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MAESTEG .................... 19 KEN­FIG HILL ............... 24

MAESTEG were quite buoy­ant go­ing into this match fol­low­ing their nar­row but well de­served 6-9 win over Brid­gend Ath­letic the pre­vi­ous week.

The first 20 min­utes of this game was score­less with Maesteg hav­ing more ter­ri­tory with Si­mon Evans mix­ing passes and kicks in equal mea­sures. They then took the lead when Evans chipped over the ap­proach­ing de­fence, re­gath­ered and scrum half Ben Davies found the sup­port­ing Ethan Davies for his first try for the club. Tadgh McGuckin added the ex­tra points.

There was plenty of ac­tion from both teams and a hack through from the vis­i­tors nearly got a re­sult but Grant Ep­ton got back to cover and a few min­utes later at the other end he fielded a high kick, set up the ruck, and scrum half nipped round the side, kicked ahead and full back Cal­lum Pow­ell got the touch­down for McGuckin to con­vert.

Maesteg’s ad­ven­ture now worked against them when a 70 me­tre move saw them lose the ball at the break­down. Ken­fig Hill coun­tered and a ruck or two later they man­aged to free wing John Clat­wor­thy to go over at the flag. The vis­i­tors added another try when a bounc­ing ball was not cleared by both sides but even­tu­ally got into vis­it­ing hands and Josh Dixon went over for Nicky Giles to con­vert.

Maesteg in­creased their lead when an at­tack saw an at­tempted clear­ance charged down by Gavin Ro­nan and Cameron took a quick tap-penalty on half-way and ran through the Cw­mavon de­fence. He passed to out­side half Mathew Har­ris who sprinted past the cover de­fence to score. A strong scrum, by for­wards Sean Lam­bert, Mathew Phillips, Lloyd Griffiths, Mark Hillier Rees and Robert Golden, near half­way al­lowed Celtic to turn the ball over and Oliver Petty and flanker Jonathan Davies took the ball deep into Cw­mavon ter­ri­tory. Mathew Har­ris ran the ball in un­der the posts from the en­su­ing play. He then kicked the con­ver­sion.

Celtic scored again when cen­tre James Jones in­ter­cepted on half-way and kicked down the mid­dle. He tack­led the full back un­der the posts and won a scrum. Scrum half Lee Arthur moved the ball looked to con­tinue where they left off, but within five min­utes Sara­cens turned the ball over and missed tack­les al­lowed them to ex­tend their lead to 27-5.

Im­proved de­fence pre­vented Sara­cens from a lot of go-for­ward ball, which gave them so much suc­cess in the first half with Brackla win­ning some con­tact.

Brackla man­aged to score their sec­ond try on the hour mark, when a driv­ing maul in the Sara­cens 22 al­lowed An­thony Owens-Red­wood to score his sec­ond try of the Davies swooped to score. Mis­takes came from both sides but a scrum 10 me­tres out from the home line saw the pass miss ev­ery­one and ended up over the dead ball line.

Ken­fig Hill took the chance given and Tom Briggs went over for Giles to con­vert. Hon­ours even at 19-19 and head­ing into in­jury time when a Maesteg at­tack in the vis­i­tors ter­ri­tory broke down and some in­ter­pass­ing from 70 me­tres saw con­tro­versy come into play, when no flag was raised for feet in touch, and for­mer Maesteg wing Lewis Mor­gan went over for the win­ning try. quickly and cen­tre Nathan Healey put wing Aaron Wil­liams over in the corner for the bonus-point try.

Cw­mavon be­gan the sec­ond half with great de­ter­mi­na­tion and ran in three tries to close the gap to 24-26.

Celtic made a num­ber of sub­sti­tu­tions which in­vig­o­rated the team.

Great at­tack­ing play by for­wards and backs al­lowed wing Aaron Wil­liams to score in the corner.

Celtic’s fi­nal try came when flanker Ryan Jones made a half break and off­loaded to Rhys Bevan Jones who ran clear only to be brought down just short of the line. Celtic for­wards won quick ball and Mathew Har­ris cross kicked to the other corner. Sam Mines gath­ered the ball to score. match and was con­verted by Cai James.

Shortly after, de­spite be­ing on the back foot, Sara­cens scored another break away try after more miss tack­les.

Brackla’s backs came to life late in the sec­ond half, as good work al­lowed Rob Wil­son to cel­e­brate his birth­day with a try.

In the clos­ing min­utes Brackla pushed for the fourth try to se­cure a bonus point, but Sara­cens man­aged to hold out.

Skip­per An­thony Owens-Red­wood was Brackla’s Man of the Match.


Ben Davies

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