St Clears RFC | 1st Team 17 - 32 Burry Port RFC | 1st Team
Adam Phillips
Conversion 2
Penalty 1
Jonathan Gostling
Try 1
Owain Stacey
Try 1
Andrew Francis
1 Try
Ashley Phillips
2 Try
Ben Williams
2 Conversion
1 Penalty
Owen Thomas
2 Try

Match Report
06 April 2019 / Team News

Home to Burry Port 06/04/2019

Yet again as the scoreboard shows in the picture gallery, with ten minutes to go three points in arrears, in control, looking good for something from the game, if not a worthy win and ten minutes later another apparently heavy defeat 32 points to 17, the season in synopsis time after time!!  On so many occasions so near and yet so far – cruel in the extreme!

The first twenty minutes and you would have wondered who was at the bottom and who was mid table in the league; St Clears were absolutely dominant, but the failure to score was crucial and the first foray into the home side’s territory produced a try for the visitors, albeit a very good one with excellent handling skills from the dangerous visitors back division producing a touchdown in the corner for right wing Owen Thomas.

End to end play was the subsequent pattern of play with both sides pushing for the next score with Saints number 8, Owain Stacey (pictured) breaking the deadlock ten minutes later with his debut try for Saints, converted by captain Adam Phillips, to put the home side in front. Short lived however, with a penalty conceded by Saints ten minutes later, providing the impetus for the very effective visitor‘s back division to cross in the other corner allowing left wing Thomas Bowen to restore the lead for Port at the half time break with the score at 10 points to 7.

A high tackle provided an easy penalty in front of the posts for Port’s number 10 Ben Williams but a very good kick from distance against a strong wind from Captain Phillips, thanks to the crossbar, maintained the score differential, only for an interception by Thomas Bowen to extend the lead once again with an unchallenged simple run in under the posts for his second try, which with the conversion, extended the lead to ten points.

Five minutes later in this very evenly contested challenge, left wing Jonathan Gostling  finished off good work to reward the territorial advantage enjoyed by the home side for a try which, with another good conversion from Phillips, produced the finely balanced score referred to in the first paragraph above with ten minutes remaining, only to throw it away with the two tries conceded far too easily to inflict the unjust result yet again!!