Nant switch their focus to Bowl after Davies guides them to crucial league win
AMMAN United and Nantgaredig both put their 100 per cent winning records on the line in a topof-the-table clash in Three West B last Saturday.
Amman came into the came having won all of their league fixtures against Llangadog, Llandybie, Cefneithin, Penybanc, Lampeter Town, Bynea and Betws to sit top of the table, three points ahead of Nantgaredig.
No-one has been able to stop Nantgaredig either, with Llandeilo, Lampeter Town, Llangadog, Bynea, Betws and Trimsaran all losing out.
So both teams were confident of adding another win to their tally, which meant the first score was always going to be crucial, and it went to Nantgaredig when Tom Eldred went over, and he was soon joined on the scoresheet by Lloyd Williams. The reliable Meirion Davies added both conversions.
Ceri Jones hauled Amman back into the game with a try that was converted by Joel Foster.
But a dazzling spell from Davies edged Nantgaredig further ahead.
He helped himself to a try, which he also converted, before he showcased his superb kicking ability with a 45-metre penalty.
He then added another three points with a drop-goal on the turn.
A Foster penalty and an Alun Lewis try kept Amman in the game.
Flanker Gavin Orson, for an infringement at a ruck, and winger Gethin Dyer Davies, for an illegal tackle, handed the initiative to Amman after they were both sent to the sin-bin, leaving Nantgaredig with 13 men.
“We had two yellow cards so we were put under pressure but I guess the boys coming off the bench really helped,” said Nantgaredig backs coach Tomos Marks.
“We’ve got better strength in depth now. We’ve got a first team and a second team and the environment in the club is better now with more people training and more competition for places.
“It’s a good culture and the boys are great friends off the pitch so it all helps.”
They weathered the storm and Orson redeemed himself as he returned to the field and sealed the win – and the bonus point – with a late try that was converted by Davies.
“We’ll take a lot of confidence from it,” admitted Marks. “We’re in a good place at the moment, we’ve just got to keep it going.
“We’ve been building nicely since pre-season. We’re taking things one game at a time and that was only our seventh league game.
“It was great to win but if you put it into perspective, there are still loads of games to go.”
The win lifted Nantgaredig to the summit and that is where they want to stay, having just missed out on promotion in the last two seasons.
However, the focus now turns to the WRU National Bowl, with Nantgaredig hoping to go further than they did last year.
“The boys are quite ambitious. Last year we got to the quarterfinals and got knocked out away to Cardiff University,” added Marks.
“Hopefully we can go far again, but we’ve got Cwmgors first, we can’t really look too far ahead.
Elsewhere, Trimsaran moved into third place following their 17-3 win at Llandeilo while Llandybie enjoyed a 17-0 victory over Bynea.
Other results saw New Dock Stars claim a 22-5 win at Penybanc, Betws beat Llangadog 21-5 in their own backyard and Cefneithin seal a 13-5 triumph over Lampeter Town.
Loughor flanker Robert Thomas tries to halt Pontyberem’s James Prosser.