21 January 2019 / Club News

Maesteg Celtic 13 v 26 Kenfig Hill

Maesteg Celtic entertained an experienced Kenfig Hill team for a Division One West Central League match. The game was played at high intensity with the visitors gaining a high percentage of possession. Their speedy backs attacked constantly but were unable to break the defensive line of centres Kristian Jenkins, Matthew Harris and the back three of Geraint Roberts, James Dixon and Lloyd Jenkins. Celtic pack gave their all as usual with prop Sean Lambert, second rows Alex Jones and Mark Hillier-Rees together with flankers Jonathan Davies and Lee Arthur in the thick of things.

Kenfig Hill gained the lead when they took a quick penalty in their own half and caught the Celtic defence unaware. Their three quarters ran in an excellent try under the posts which was converted. Celtic closed the gap when outside half Harri Evans kicked a penalty. Celtic then took the lead when Evans kicked a penalty into the visitors 22 and Mark Hillier-Rees won the lineout. The pack drove their opponents 15 metres to their line for hooker Ashley Poole to touch down.

Kenfig Hill scored again when a speculative kick ahead was not secured by the home defence and a lineout occurred. Celtic won the ball but a catalogue of errors allowed the visitors to touch down. They went further ahead on half time. Their three quarters moved the ball quickly from their own half and ran around the Celtic defensive line to score in the corner.

The second half continued much as the first but the Celtic pack began to gain the upper hand. Substitute prop Mathew Phillips made an enormous impact. Celtic got themselves back in contention when centre Kristian Jenkins broke the defensive line and linked up with outside half Harri Evans inside the visitors 22. Play was stopped illegally and Celtic used the opportunity to pound the Kenfig Hill try line. Captain Oliver Petty broke the deadlock by  powering over from a scrum for the touch down.

The final minutes saw Celtic needing a converted try to steal a victory. They camped in the visitors 22 but the excellent defence of the Kenfig Hill pack did not give them any opportunity to score. Eventually Celtic turned the ball over and the visitors moved the ball wide and ran the length of the field to score and make the game safe. Second Row Alex Jones was voted Celtic Man of the Match

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