Fera handed ti­tle boost as Bony suf­fer sur­prise loss

Llanelli Star - - LOCAL RUGBY -

YSTALYFERA can take a gi­ant stride to­wards the One West Cen­tral ti­tle this evening with vic­tory at Maesteg Quins.

It was a good week­end for Fera with­out even play­ing after near­est chal­lengers Bony­maen crashed 15-11 at home against Tondu.

Tries from Paul Smith­son and James Lep­pard, with a con­ver­sion and penalty from Josh Tatchell, to­gether with a stir­ring de­fen­sive per­for­mance sealed vic­tory for Tondu, their fifth on the spin.

A late try for flanker Nicky Clancy made for a tense fin­ish, but on the day Tondu were de­served win­ners.

Richard Cun­niffe kicked two penal­ties for Bony­maen but, just a week on from the eu­pho­ria of reach­ing the WRU Na­tional Plate fi­nal, this sur­prise de­feat may well have handed the ti­tle to Ystalyfera.

The lat­ter hold a five-point ad­van­tage head­ing into tonight’s match, after which both they and Bony­maen have just three league matches re­main­ing.

Tre­ble-chas­ing Ystalyfera head to Wau­narl­wydd on Satur­day with Bony­maen host­ing Maesteg Celtic.

Celtic are cer­tainly no mugs, as Glyn­neath found out last Satur­day on their way to a 21-10 de­feat. That de­feat left Glyn­neath 13 points be­hind Ystalyfera.

Else­where in One West Cen­tral, Wau­narl­wydd were crush­ing 53-14 win­ners against Bry­na­man and Am­man­ford re­turned from Skewen with 23-19 vic­tory.

Then a week to­mor­row Ystalyfera lock horns with Two West ta­ble-top­pers Birch­grove at Glyn­neath for a place in the fi­nal of this sea­son’s High Mo­tive Glam­or­gan County Sil­ver Ball.

Senghenydd and Nan­tyffyl­lon meet in the first semi-fi­nal at Llan­haran this evening.

Ystalyfera also have a West Wales Cup fi­nal against Glyn­neath to look for­ward to al­though a date and venue have yet to be con­firmed.

The top two in One West Cen­tral, Birch­grove and Nan­tyffyl­lon, were not in league ac­tion last week­end.

There were wins for Re­sol­ven, Builth Wells, Ystradg­yn­lais, Seven Sis­ters and Porth­cawl, who cruised to a 43-7 tri­umph over Taibach at South Road.

Jake Thomas and Ben Thomas both crossed twice for the Seaweeds, with Aled Davies, Ben Asprea and Leon McNally also dot­ting down in a seven-try win. Josh White added four con­ver­sions.

There is set to be an ex­cit­ing fin­ish in store in Three West Cen­tral A with a num­ber of clubs chas­ing the top two places.

Aber­crave, who only have one game left, still lead the way but are sit­ting ducks with the four sides im­me­di­ately chas­ing hav­ing mul­ti­ple games in hand.

Pyle thumped Aber­crave 41-0 and are now just a point be­hind with five games in hand.

Swansea Up­lands are a point back in third with four games in hand. Up­lands were 29-17 home vic­tors over Bryn­coch.

Gareth An­drew scored twice, with Alex Greenslade and Nathan Withers also go­ing over. Tom Os­bourne added the con­ver­sions while Dan Ben­nett kicked a penalty.

The big win­ners of the week­end were Vardre, who ran out crush­ing 82-15 win­ners at Pen­lan. Brid­gend Sports racked up 59 points at home against Aber­avon Green Stars.

Vardre host Brid­gend Sports this evening. Vardre are fourth and three points be­hind Aber­crave with five games in hand, while Sports are seven points back with seven games in hand.

Else­where, there were wins for Cwm­gors and Glais.

In Three West Cen­tral B Baglan de­feated Bryncethin 31-0 and are eight points clear of Cwm­l­lyn­fell al­though they have played two games more.

Cwm­l­lyn­fell romped to a 63-5 win at Rhi­gos. There were braces for Kieran Grif­fiths, Dan Jenk­ins and Owain Sullivan, while Michael Mad­docks, Dy­lan An­thony Mor­gans and a penalty try were also on the score­sheet. Chris Murphy kicked eight con­ver­sions.

The Rhi­gos try was scored by Lewis Mor­gan.

Ponty­ates’s Jay Main­war­ing runs at the Cwmtwrch de­fence.

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