1998/1999 WRU National League Division 1
Abertillery 24 v 19 Llandovery
03 April 1999 - Abertillery Park, Abertillery

Match Report

Abertillery 24 – 19 Llandovery

Abertillery and Llandovery towns may have little in common, in that one is industrial and the other agricultural, but one thing they do share is a comfortable place in Division One's mid-table with no fear of relegation or hope of promotion. This showed itself on the field of play as both teams were prepared to take risky options at times, most of which ended in failure, whilst the sparse crowd indicated that neither community cared too deeply about the result.

Abertillery's win, which earned them the season's double over the Drovers, was well deserved. Their forwards, with No 8 Geraint Gladwyn in fine form, ultimately gained the upper hand over the Llandovery pack in which lock John Westgarth gave his usual never-say-die performance, and full-back Darren Miles and wingers David Williams and Chris Anthony ran with determination.

The Llandovery three-quarters often looked threatening but never achieved, thanks mainly to a home cover defence in which centre Stuart Pennall and Andrew Green played a full part. Full-back Stuart Hancox was easily the pick of the visitors' backs. His four penalties enabled the visitors to lead 12-10, but when referee Owen James awarded Abertillery a penalty try after winger David Williams had been tripped aiming to touch down a loose ball, Abertillery grew in confidence.

Substitute scrum-half Darren Wright strolled through a huge gap to get Abertillery's fourth try and Llandovery's last-minute try from lock Martin Morgan was nothing more than a consolation.

Team Sheets


Abertillery Llandovery