Ti­tle-win­ning Birch­grove se­cure their se­cond pro­mo­tion in suc­ces­sion

Llanelli Star - - LOCAL RUGBY -

BIRCH­GROVE are cham­pi­ons of Two West Cen­tral.

De­spite the fact that near­est chal­lengers Nan­tyffyl­lon won 3616 at Cw­mavon as well as hav­ing two games in hand, the Robins knew vic­tory at Taibach in their fi­nal game would se­cure them the ti­tle re­gard­less.

And that is ex­actly what hap­pened as they ran in seven tries in a 50-12 win to make sure.

Josh Key, Liam Richards, Mathew Ed­wards, Lee Har­ris, Natha­nial Llewellyn, Adam Row­lands and Chris Weight­man were the try-scor­ers. Ed­wards added four con­ver­sions and a penalty while Row­lands also kicked two con­ver­sions.

It gives Birch­grove an unas­sail­able 13-point lead over Nan­tyffyl­lon, who have two games left, and makes it back-to-back pro­mo­tions for the east Swansea side.

De­spite miss­ing out on the ti­tle, Nan­tyffyl­lon’s win at Cw­mavon se­cured them a top-two fin­ish and pro­mo­tion to di­vi­sion one along­side Birch­grove for next sea­son.

Corey Har­ris, Connor Grif­fiths, Tom Cado­gan, Jonny Phillips and a penalty try were their tryscor­ers. Nigel James kicked two con­ver­sions and a penalty while Phillips con­verted his own try.

One West Cen­tral cham­pi­ons Ystalyfera won for the 17th time in the league this term as they put Skewen to the sword 52-15 in their penul­ti­mate reg­u­lar game.

Fera, who won the ti­tle the pre­vi­ous week­end with­out even play­ing when Bonymaen lost at Maesteg Celtic, ran in eight tries at the Ynysy­dar­ren Ground to run out vic­tors in style.

Left wing Bowdy Davies helped him­self to a hat-trick while there were also tries from right wing Luc Caines, No. 8 and cap­tain St­ef­fan Jones, se­cond row Paul Davies, cen­tre Ryan Lee James and full­back St­eff Cas­tle, who also added six con­ver­sions.

Gareth James’s side fin­ish the sea­son on Satur­day with a home fix­ture against Am­man­ford be­fore turn­ing their at­ten­tion to the two­leg play-off with One West Cen­tral win­ners Felin­foel with a place in the WRU Na­tional Cham­pi­onship for next sea­son at stake.

Else­where in One West Cen­tral, Wau­narl­wydd, who have fin­ished in the bottom three, gave their fol­low­ers some­thing to cheer with a 20-16 win at Glyn­neath in their fi­nal game.

The only other out­stand­ing fix­ture in the di­vi­sion is also on Satur­day when Glyn­neath, who will fin­ish third, go to Bry­na­man.

In Three West Cen­tral A, Brid­gend Sports are three points clear of Pyle with three games left for both. By co­in­ci­dence, the sides meet in what could be a ti­tle de­cider on May 18, the very last game of the sea­son.

The race for the Three West Cen­tral B ti­tle and also pro­mo­tion will go right to the wire.

Baglan (83pts) cur­rently lead the way from Bryncethin by five points with one game left for both sides.

Then come Cwm­l­lyn­fell on 77 points with two left. Glyn­cor­rwg, in fourth, have 64 points with four games left.

Peny­groes have won Three West Cen­tral C, while Pen­clawdd have won the Two West ti­tle. They se­cured it last Satur­day with a 53-6 home win over Pon­ty­berem.

Danny James’s hat-trick led the way, while Matt Evans, James Snell, Rob James, Lee Gun­nell, Tom How­ell and Kris­tian Cor­bisiero all dot­ted down. How­ell added four con­ver­sions.

Mil­ford Haven have taken the hon­ours in Three West A, while Nant­garedig are kings of Three West B.

Nant­garedig’s Ge­orge Glee­son re­leases the ball as he’s tack­led by Bynea’s Nathan Baker.

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