TWENTY-six points all scored in the second half saw Narberth RFC Youths defeat Aberystwyth.

Aber put on a spirited display leading 3-0 at half time.

Coach of the Otters youth team Rob Nicholas commented that conditions on the day were appalling leading to errors.

“As expected in the atrocious wet weather there were plenty of handling errors but the commitment was ferocious with a half time score of 0-3 to the visitors from Aberystwyth.”

The second half saw an improved performance from the home team, who probably had been guilty of trying to play too much rugby in the first half.

Well worked tries from Owen Llewellyn, Owen Jones, Jamie Goldsworthy and Elliot Evans combined with three conversions from Fraser Jones saw Narberth finally run out winners at 26-3.

Under 16s: Aberystwyth 52-7 Narberth

Report by Ian Hough

It was a tough game for the Otters U16s a little behind in game time compared to their opponents.

It was the first game after the Covid pandemic layoff for the Pembrokeshire side with a trip to Aberystwyth - the Otters U16s having not visited before, the team received a very warm welcome.

Narberth started sprightly with plenty of energy despite the long journey and soon showed what they are capable of with a quick turnover and making yards on the outside.

Aberystwyth got into their stride and found space on the outside to run in off the right wing for their first score.

The first half continued in a similar vein with Narberth making good ground only to concede on the counter attack.

Aberystwyth scored several tries in quick succession.

An Aberystwyth fumble from the kick off gave Narberth a 5m attacking scrum from which a debut number eight performance from Ethan gave Narberth a well-deserved try followed by excellent conversion from Will.

The second half gave rise to more score from Aberystwyth but Narberth stuck to their guns, Alfie showing his potential at number six with plenty of tackles, and Josh turning over the ball at will at the breakdown.

Cian returned to the side with abound, leaping in the line out and a solid first ever game from Owain Thomas saw Narberth going down 52-7 in a game where Aberystwyth, having a few games under their belt, were able to exploit the Narberth gaps.

The coaching team conferred after the match and agreed there were strong performances from Jamie Goldsworthy, Cian Rogers and Elliot Roach James.

Man of the match went to Harley Young for a tremendous all round effort.

Next up for the U16s will have a home game against Pontyberem next Sunday.

Under 14s: Narberth 24-24 Penarth

Report by Selina Owen

A score draw thriller was summed up with praise for both sides.

Otters Under 14s representative Selina said: “A great team effort in the sunshine with a big thank you to local character Decker for match ball sponsor and his first aid debut.”

The young Otters started well against the touring team from Penarth with an early try under the posts by Charlie.

His second try soon followed, then Thomas went over in the corner for the third try of the half with conversions from Jayden.

The first half ended 19-12 to Narberth and the coaches were fairly satisfied with the performance.

The second half was a close affair, a chip kick ahead by Lewy gave Morgan the Otters fourth try.

Penarth made a strong comeback and a final interception try lead to a 24-24 draw at full time.

Selina summed up the result saying: “A great team effort in the sunshine with a big thank you to local character Decker for match ball sponsor and his first aid debut.”

Under 13s: Narberth 39 - 32 Crymych

Report by Rebecca Jones

Tries were scored by Iori Phillips, two by Sid Castree, one converted by Milo Jones, Joshua Slater converted by Iori Phillips, Iolo Lewis, Milo Jones and Freddie Reed.

Crymych opened the scoring but this was quickly evened up by Iori Phillips' hard winning try.

Good offloading off the floor created another two tries for Crymych by Sid Castree and Joshua Slater tries which again evened up the match.

Another try by Sid and converted by Milo was followed by a great pick and go from Crymych to tie the scores again.

Two further tries by Crymych ended their scoring in the game, this is where Narberth powered over the line with a terrific solo try down the left wing from Iolo Lewis, a smart snipe from Milo Jones, and a game winning try from Freddie Reed.

Report and photos of all the sides who played at the weekend were assembled by Ken Morgan.