The all ex-Pontypridd triumvirate of Mark Rowley, Phil John and Ceri Jones seems to have galvanised Abercynon and prevented the familiar yo-yo effect which could well have seen them make a quick return to the depths of Division Two. More importantly, in this division big names attract better players, and Abercynon will look to the future with great hope.
For the time being the local talent seems to be doing well enough. Flanker Jonathan Myatt was outstanding - bearing an uncanny resemblance to Neil Back, he played in very much the same manner. Abercynon stormed into a 12-point lead through tries from Chris Wilkins and Neil Edwards before a temporary lack of composure allowed Rhodri Davies and Dafydd Jones to hit back.
The second half saw Abercynon regain the ascendancy. An outstanding blindside score from scrum-half Adrian Neck reflected confidence and ability, and winger Chris Wilkins stormed over for his second try to put the game beyond Llandovery’s reach. Craig Williams’s injury-time try clinched the victory and, perhaps, Abercynon’s future in the division.