Newbridge looked to be in control of this closely fought tussle at a damp and cold Church Bank only to lose their composure and discipline in the last quarter and slide to defeat.
They should have taken full advantage when Stuart Harries saw red in the last quarter of the match for elbowing an opponent, but they failed to capitalise. Referee Richard Rees did his fellow Gwent men no favours, however, by yellow carding two Newbridge forwards - Matthew Griffin and hooker Darryl Williams - for offside in the last ten minutes, and with 13 men Newbridge could not cope with the increased drive of the home forwards.
Ex-Bonymaen fly half Gareth Jones kicked three penalties to take Llandovery seven points clear and keep the Drovers in a handy fourth position in the First Division.
There was little to choose between the two sides in the first half and with fly-half Jason Williams kicking well to turn the home wings, Llandovery were restricted to the one converted try and an interval lead of 7-6. The only try of the game had come after 17 minutes when Newbridge lost a valuable throw near their own line to allow lock Lyndon Bateman to charge through and give scrum-half Rob Walters the chance to dart under the sticks for a converted try.
Fly-half Williams had kicked two Newbridge penalties to cap the good work of the Newbridge pack.
Although Jones dropped a goal, Williams added two more penalties for a 12-10 lead after 53 minutes, the second coming when Llandovery’s Canadian lock Jamie Cudmore was off the pitch after a yellow card for offside.
Referee Rees then became the key figure with his profusion of red and yellow cards to leave everyone frustrated at a game which had little pattern, cohesion or fluency.