In a game where the lead changed hands six times it was Swansea University who came out on top despite the Drovers Development XV winning the try count 3 to 2.
After 10 minutes Ianto Griffiths put the visitors ahead with the first of his three penalties. Llandovery soon responded with a try by full back Mike Evans, converted by No 10 Nico Setaro, making his second appearance for the Drovers.
The remaining scores in the first half were both down to Griffiths, whose penalties on 32 and 40 minutes enabled the University to go in for the halftime break with a two point lead.
At the re-start the Drovers had rung the changes – Jake Randall and Ken Hughes (a club stalwart who last appeared for the senior team some 7 years ago) had come on during the first half, and Sam Soul and Ryan Williams also took the field for the second half.
After 6 minutes centre Dylan Morgans’s try restored the Llandovery lead, a position which lasted for a full 20 minutes, until the University’s first try, by Jon Wolfe, converted by Josh Hammett, swung the lead to 12 – 16 to the visitors.
It was still all to play for by both sides, and when Llandovery reclaimed the lead after 76 minutes, thanks to a try by Sam Soul converted by local youngster Josh Archer, the Church Bank faithful were hopeful of a home result.
But the visitors saw things differently, and with a try on 78 minutes by Josh Guy they took the spoils 19 – 21 in a game whose outcome had kept watching supporters in suspense throughout.
The game had been a valuable experience for the Llandovery side, whose squad, alongside one or two ‘older heads’, fielded 4 players who had made just one previous appearance for the senior team, and three local products – Aled Walters, Kevin Jones and Archer – who donned the shirt for the first time.