Tenby go top

First published in Sport

Cardigan 9

Tenby United 10

Tenby United returned to winning ways by the narrowest of margins in an absorbing clash against Cardigan.

The King George V pitch was understandably heavy after so much rain but both teams deserve credit for trying to play attacking rugby, although their efforts were thwarted by the muddy pitch and slippery ball.

The Seasiders needed victory after a cup defeat at Lampeter the previous week and it took a late penalty by powerful centre Toby Smith, whose brother Sam was outstanding up front in his last game before a back operation, after Cardigan had taken a 9-7 lead with a penalty by replacement kicker Iestyn Crompton.

Cardigan had opened the scoring with a penalty by Mike Diggle as the back row of Dylan Richards, skipper Dylan Davies and especially No 8 Llyr Griffiths, played well, but could do little to stop Tenby taking the lead with a penalty try awarded for a collapsed scrum, converted by Lloyd Thomas.

A second Diggle penalty made the score 7-6 to Tenby at the interval and in the second half there was some useful covering by Alun Williams and Dafydd Williams as Cardigan took the lead when Crompton landed a penalty.

But the Seasiders’ pack raised the tempo and when they were awarded a penalty, up stepped Toby Smith to slot it.

Although both sides might have had half chances thereafter it was the Seasiders who pouched the points while the Teifisiders had to settle for a single bonus point.

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