Abertillery, seemingly dead and buried at 6-13, conjured a try for replacement lock Ben Thomas in the fourth minute of injury time and the conversion by fly-half Craig Mapp tied the scores in a game of very poor quality at Church Bank. Mistakes and poor skills were the order of the night and neither side could complain of sharing the undistinguished spoils.
Fly-half Mapp opened the scoring for Abertillery with an eighth-minute penalty before a clever kick by Drovers scrum-half Will Morgan, on loan from South West One side Cheltenham, put Llandovery into a strong attacking position. Fly-half Peter Lloyd ended the pressure on the Abertillery line with a sniping run for a try. Mapp regained the lead with his second penalty only to see his opposite number land a good 30-metre penalty for the Drovers.
Llandovery kept the pressure on for most of the first half but close-range scrums and line-outs were repelled by sound tackling by the Gladwyn brothers in the back row, Rhys and Geraint. Lloyd missed an easy penalty before referee Hughes had to give warnings to the Abertillery pair of Rhys Gladwyn and lock Craig Blunsdon for over-vigorous use of the boot.
Play continued its poor way with both sides looking incapable of scoring until 15 minutes from the end when wing Andrew Lewis, on loan from Treorchy, went for an interception and raced 50 yards for Llandovery’s second try.
Just when a home win looked on the cards, the Gwent visitors staged a rally in injury time. A movement started by replacement full-back Robbie Morgan set up an attacking position and a weaving run by No. 8 Geraint Gladwyn sent Thomas crashing through to earn the draw and the point.