20 May 2018 / Team News

Maesteg Celtic 26 v 36 Cwmavon

Division Two West Central League Champions Maesteg Celtic played their last game of the season against a strengthened Cwmavon team who were determined to avoid relegation. The match was played on the Old Parish ground because Garth Park is not available to the rugby team in the cricket season. The game was played at a high tempo with both sides taking advantage of the excellent conditions to play expansive rugby.

Cwmavon opened the scoring with an excellent three quarter move in which their narrow side wing, Scott Roberts, entered the line at pace and touched down under the posts. Cam Bamford converted. Celtic evened the score when centre Lee Arthur broke the defensive line and passed to Kristian Jenkins. Wing Sam Mines made ground and passed inside to scrum half Leon Evans who was brought to ground and the ball was illegally killed. Matthew Harris kicked to touch on the visitors line and hooker Ashley Poole once again found second row Alex Jones with ease. The props Sean Lambert and Lloyd Griffiths used their strength to drive him over the line for Captain Oliver Petty to touch down. Matthew Harris converted. Just before half time Celtic took the lead. Centre Kristian Jenkins ran through the Cwmavon defence and liked up with full back Lloyd Jenkins who took the ball to the line before passing inside to wing Ben Poole for the try.

Cwmavon began the second half with great determination and scored two quick converted tries. Celtic responded well and wing Sam Mines broke clear before passing to Leon Evans who was stopped with a high tackle. Matthew Harris kicked to the corner, Ashley Poole found line out man Mark Hillier-Rees and flankers Peter Kehoe and Callum Bowen drove him to the line. The ball popped out and opportunist Lee Arthur was at hand to dive over for the try. With only 2 points in the scores the visitors attacked ferociously and were rewarded with a converted try. Celtic took the ball into the Cwmavon 22 and put great pressure on the defence. The visitors had a player yellow carded and Celtic opted for a scrum. Number 8 Oliver Petty picked up the ball and drove over for his second try. Harris converted. Celtic then conceded a penalty to open the gap to 5 points with 5 minutes to go. They then threw caution to the wind to score the winning try but unfortunately turned the ball over near the Cwmavon line and the visitors winger ran the length of the field to score. Cwmavon were overjoyed as this result saved them from relegation to Division Three.

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