A brace of penalties within the final five minutes earned Abertillery the spoils in this relegation dogfight and the relief on the faces of home supporters was in stark contrast to the gloom in the Drovers’ camp. Both sides scored three tries apiece but, although Abertillery led four times in all and had much the better of the first half, poor decision-making, indiscipline and a superior Llandovery scrummage continually upset the foundations of a comfortable home victory.
Following an early pattern of penalty exchanges, Abertillery gained the advantage thanks to a try by wing Matthew Stent after 14 minutes. But Llandovery gave warning of their scrum prowess with a pushover score on the half-hour, converted by full-back Gary Williams to take the lead to 13-11. Abertillery were quick to respond two minutes later through centre Stuart Pennall, outside-half Craig Mapp adding the extra points. But on the stroke of half-time an astonishing run by lock forward Matthew Monaghan scattered the home defence for a converted try that made it 18-18 at the interval.
Abertillery scrum-half Gareth Betts regained the advantage for the home side five minutes into the second half, but visitors’ wing Ioan Davies crossed 15 minutes from the end, and Llandovery seemed likely winners. However the late penalty opportunities for Mapp and wing Stent were just enough to shade the verdict for the Gwent side.