Strong words at half time by Llandovery coach lestyn Thomas brought about a transformation in the Drovers’ play as they turned a 17-7 deficit into a well earned 24-28 victory. Having lost on their previous three visits to Glan yr Afon Park and finding themselves 17-0 down, this was a great test of character and they fully deserved the three points that took them clear into second place in Division One.
Enjoying territorial advantage from the kick off, the visitors failed to convert this into points, conceding nine penalties and losing 50 percent of their own line outs.
In the dying seconds of the half Llandovery centre Gary Beaumont-Morgan weaved his way through the home defence to feed full-back Neil Clapham on the inside to score near the posts. Gareth Jones converted as the half time whistle sounded.
From the outset the second half saw a transformation in the visitors’ play and within a minute the score changed to 17-14. Good rucking and support play took the ball deep into home territory and, following a tap penalty, hooker Andrew Jones forced his way over for a try under the posts. Gareth Jones added the extra points.
Llandovery now began to apply continual pressure on the home defence with flankers Aled Davies and Luka Plesko outstanding in their play. It came as no surprise when Neil Clapham scored his second in typical fashion as he sliced through to score wide out. A splendid kick by Gareth Jones converted to take the Drovers into the lead for the first time.
The fourth Llandovery try was a fine piece of individual skill by Gareth Jones. Following good work by the forwards the outside-half pushed a well weighted grubber kick through the defence, followed up and won the race for the touchdown. He converted his own try to take the score to a well deserved 17-28.
As the game entered the dying moments, Blackwood’s Matthew Veater crashed over for his second try. Martin Jones’s conversion heralded the final whistle.