Seagulls stunned in dying seconds
6:00pm Thursday 13th September 2012 in Sport
Fishguard and Goodwick conspired to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory at home to Betws.
They allowed the visitors to clear a period of pressure near their line and conjure up a movement that covered 80 metres before scrum half Dylan Rees grabbed the vital try with the final move of an absorbing clash between two good sides.
The conversion went well wide and referee Matthew Thomas blew the final whistle straight after to leave the Fishguard faithful wondering why their team hadn’t sewn the ball up in the corner.
Instead they pushed for another score, lost the ball and allowed talented Betws centre Cellan Davies to avoid Chris Sousha’s tackle and feed Rees with the allimportant scoring pass.
Betws had looked the sharper unit early on as they spread play wide but cracking tackles by Sousha and Steve Jenkins pushed them back before home No 10 James Griffiths created a try for winger Sam Kurtz.
Griffiths sent a flat pass to centre Mike Jenkins before Gareth Adamson joined the line at the right time to put Kurtz over wide out.
Griffiths added the extra points and there was no further scoring until right on half time, when Griffiths, who had made several other breaks which came to nothing, went on his own and added the conversion from close to the posts.
A 14-point interval lead seemed to put the Seagulls in good shape but Betws responded with a try from Ian Rees which the full back also converted before No 8 Mark Rewston powered over for an unconverted try.
Betws pushed hard for the vital score but missed a penalty after spurning an easier chance from in front of the posts, opting for a scrum instead.
It seemed as if the Seagulls were home and dry as they recovered well to put play in the corner but they carelessly lost possession and paid the ultimate price as Betws took the victory and the homesters had to settle for a single bonus point after so much hard work.
Fishguard: Gareth Adamson, Sam Kurtz, Jack Warby, Dai Evans, James Griffiths, Rhys Williams, Nathan Perkins, Mark James, Andrew Morrillo, Gwilym Evans, Richard Hunter, Steve Jenkins (capt), Rhys Morgan, Chris Sousha. Replacements: Gerwyn Davies; Nathan Jenkins; Owain Morgans; Alun George.
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