1998/1999 WRU National League Division 1
Treorchy 25 v 24 Llandovery
10 April 1999 - The Oval, Treorchy

Match Report

Treorchy 25 – 24 Llandovery

Treorchy fans will have to take to wearing gloves if there are any more nail-biters like this at The Oval. After a cliffhanger against Pontypool the previous week, they scraped home against an uncompromising Llandovery side by the odd point in 49. Skipper Gavin Owen said, "We were a bit flat after the Pontypool result and Llandovery made us pay for it and it was well into the second half before we really got into our stride."

That was certainly true as the Drovers stretched their 17-5 half-time advantage to 24-8 and looked home and dry. But with David Williams outstanding and David Evans the master at his craft, Treorchy fought back with tries by Alan Roberts and Paul Dunning to snatch the points from under Llandovery's noses.

Drovers’ chairman Roland Griffiths said, "I thought we fought well but all credit to Treorchy for their resilient fightback." Treorchy team manager Bradley Mantle admitted, "I didn't think we played very well. Some key players made the wrong decisions in vital situations and that kept us under pressure but it's good to play badly and still win.”

“It was our second single-point win over Llandovery so they must be sick of the sight of us," said Owen. His Llandovery counterpart Dan Stead was disappointed but not critical of his side, saying, "We set out our stall in the first half but in the end it wasn't to be. We haven't really made the most of our season, but a few wins in the run-in will make all the difference."

Team Sheets


Treorchy Llandovery