Improved All Blacks miss out

First published in Pembrokeshire sports news

Neyland 10

Nantgaredig 32 

Neyland put in a muchimproved performance against visiting Nantgaredig but again were unable to turn several periods of pressure into more points than the tries they scored either side of half time.

The homesters actually made a bright start as Mark Chamberlain, Chris and Tony Busby, Mark James and Mark Wonnacott (playing on permit from Milford Haven) helped secure the possession for Mark Riley, Patrick Bellerby, Adam Collins and Dean Matthews to pose a midfield threat.

But passes were spilt and when referee Martin Williams showed Neyland skipper James a yellow card it was Nantgaredig who took advantage from the resultant forward drive which saw No 8 Wayne Davies drive over the line.

Darren Williamson missed the conversion but added a penalty and when other tries came from centre Carwyn Thomas and winger Gethin Page, the Nantgaredig No 10 converting one of them.

Neyland battled back with a try just before the break when powerful centre Dean Matthews powered through for an unconverted try.

After the oranges the All Blacks added a second fivepointer when experienced No 9 Mark Riley rounded off a period of pressure with a well taken try.

But Nantgaredig showed what a useful side they are as they refused to be shaken by these home scores and added two more tries by centre Meirion Davies and winger Rhydian Evans, one again converted by Williamson.

The visitors moved into fifth place as their reward and left the All Blacks still seeking a morale-boosting first win after 12 defeats in a row.

Neyland: Andrew Slark, Delme Bateman, Dean Matthews, Adam Collins, Richard Smith, Patrick Bellerby, Mark Riley, Richard Banner, Ashley Mathias, Richard Jones, Mark James (capt), Tony Busby, Mark Chamberlain, Chris Busby, Mark Wonnacott. Replacements: Alex Swales, Leigh Broome, Gareth Lawlor, Steve Evans.

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