Gogs ready to show met­tle for Iron­men Not fair for Llanfair

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RGC face a huge test this Satur­day when Premier­ship lead­ers and newly-crowned WRU Na­tional Cup win­ners Merthyr visit Parc Eirias.

The Gogs will look to make a big state­ment against a team they de­feated twice in the league and also in the Na­tional Cup semi-fi­nal last sea­son be­fore be­ing beaten con­vinc­ingly by the Iron­men in the Premier­ship play-offs.

Merthyr presently head the Premier­ship stand­ings and visit North Wales this week­end buoyed by thrash­ing Newport 41-7 in last Sun­day’s WRU Na­tional Cup Fi­nal.

RGC will tar­get a re­turn to win­ning ways hav­ing lost three of their last four matches, all on the road and by small mar­gins against Pon­typridd, Ebbw Vale and, last Satur­day, at Llan­dovery.

After go­ing down to the last kick of the game at Vale seven days ear­lier, the Gogs suf­fered more late heart­break at Church Bank Play­ing Fields, the Drovers land­ing a last-gasp penalty to pip the vis­i­tors 28-26.

The North Wales trav­ellers got off to a great start when Alex Sch­warz claimed the first of his two tries in the game.

Jack May­nard an­swered back with a penalty be­fore RGC scrum-half Sch­warz went over the white­wash again. Ja­cob Bot­ica added the ex­tras.

The home side then looked to take con­trol of the game and cut the deficit when Rho­dri Jones picked up his team’s first try on the half-hour mark. The as­sured boot of May­nard claimed the con­ver­sion, mak­ing it 12-10 to the Gogs at the in­ter­val.

The player ad­van­tage swung into Llan­dovery’s favour when Sam Wain­wright was shown a yel­low soon after the break and May­nard gave his side the lead with a penalty on the 44th minute.

That lead was ex­tended eight min­utes later when Lee Wil­liams scored the try, with May­nard again on form with the boot.

RGC ral­lied su­perbly and recorded a brace of tries in quick suc­ces­sion. Jor­dan Scott was first to touch down be­fore Will Bryan went over the line for an­other try. Danny Cross nailed both con­ver­sions to give the Gogs a 26-20 lead.

Tim Grey was then shown a yel­low card, and once again Llan­dovery took ad­van­tage of the ex­tra man. Dafydd Hughes got a try, but May­nard missed the con­ver­sion to keep RGC in the lead by a point.

RGC had much of the pos­ses­sion in the fi­nal min­utes but cru­cially the last play went to Llan­dovery and they hit the penalty win­ner via May­nard on the whis­tle. LLANFAIR Cel­tiad lost 4-3 on penal­ties to Prestatyn Rangers in the NWCFA Un­der-16 Fi­nal at Conwy.

The match it­self ended 2-2 after ex­tra time, Gwion Thomas and Dy­lan Jones strik­ing for Cel­tiad.

In the An­gle­sey Youth and Junior League Un­der-12 Gareth Wil­liams Memo­rial Shield quar­ter-fi­nals, Trearddur Bay Ju­niors de­feated Tyny­gongl Ju­niors 7-2, Huw Watkins (3), Devon­dre Tem­ple, Leon Trow­ell, plus one own goal shar­ing the win­ners’ tally, Char­lie Dales and Tom Hughes re­ply­ing.

Un­der-14 League: Llanfair Teigrod 3 Aml­wch Town Ju­niors 3; Llangefni Town Ju­niors 8 Aml­wch Dreigiau 0; Tyny­gongl Ju­niors 1 Llanfair Teirw 3 (Cai Hughes, Dion Hughes, Bed­wyr Matthews Jones).

Un­der-16 Bobby Hughes Memo­rial Shield quar­ter-fi­nals: CPD Aml­wch 5 (Cian Evans 3, Cai Davies, Josh Grif­fiths) Ce­maes Bay 2 (Dewi Jones 2); Llan­goed and Dis­trict 1 (Jay Fin­ter) Holy­head Hot­spur Peibio A 2 (Casey Gregg 2); Tyny­gongl Ju­niors 2 CPD Llangefni 5 (Ben Jones 2, James Lewis, Jack Ed­wards Wil­liam Hughes).

Pic­tures: LIZ BRYAN

RGC in ac­tion against Llan­dovery last week­end, where they suf­fered an­other ag­o­nis­ing away de­feat

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