Llandovery, already assured of promotion, did not look the side that had carried all before them in previous weeks when they met Cross Keys at Church Bank. But they still staged a fine last gasp rally to keep the promotion hopes of West Wales neighbours Narberth and Whitland alive.
The Drovers built up an 18-8 interval lead helped by a strong wind and some long punting from fly-half Gareth Jones. Tries from wing Gary Davies and scrum-half Rob Walters plus a conversion, penalty and drop goal from ex-Bonymaen fly-half Gareth Jones had them in command.
Fly-half Movete Oto’ota had made an early try for wing Curtis Moore and full-back Gethin Worgan slipped in a penalty but Keys still had it all to do. To their credit they came back with gusto helped by the long kicking of Worgan and the outstanding industry of flanker Ben Watkins and No.8 Andrew Gibbs.
Three finely judged Worgan penalties against one by Jones got them to 21-17 before their most dangerous back, centre Gwion Bowen, dummied his way in for a try five minutes from time to make an away victory likely.
But the Llandovery pack then took a firm stranglehold on the game with the front row of Dorian Williams, Hywel James and skipper Andrew Jones in the thick of anything near the ball and the at times desperate Cross Keys defence began to creak ominously. Then from a close range scrum and after a series of charges by a pack refreshed by Paul Jones at No.8, Rhodri Davies settled the game for Llandovery. Operating at fly-half, the ex-Harlequins, London Scottish and Cross Keys player who transferred to Llandovery from Llandeilo after Christmas, burst on to a flat ball to crash through three tackles for a try in the very last movement of the game.