Bony foiled by the post
BONYMAEN came within inches of grabbing only their second win of the season in the Swalec Championship when they went down 19-17 at home to Tata Steel.
Fly-half Ian Brooks kicked four penalties for the Parc Mawr side, but one penalty attempt in the first half struck the post and that eventually proved the difference between two well-matched sides in a scrappy game that saw several yellow cards issued to both teams.
Wing Nathan Brooks scored Bony's only try, while flanker Robert Hill crossed for the Steelmen's only five-pointer. Full-back Gareth Walters converted the try and also kicked four penalties.
Glynneath moved to the top of division one west with a comfortable 43-0 win at home to second-from-bottom side Loughor.
The Neath Valley side ran in seven tries via centres Richard Carter (2) and Greg Roberts, full-back Jordan Griffiths, scrum-half Rhodri Cole and two from prop Nicky Boyce. Cole converted four of them.
Waunarlwydd came within a whisker of retaining top spot in division one west as a last-minute conversion attempt from wide out just failed.
As it was, the Swansea side's 22-21 loss at home to Carmarthen Athletic saw them drop to second place.
Waun did outscore the visitors by two tries to one but they paid the price for failing to take several try-scoring chances in the first half, despite a spirited comeback that saw them rattle up 15 unanswered points in the last quarter of an hour.
The Athletic led 9-3 at half-time and went on to lead 22-6 well into the second half, but the hosts then scored tries through replacement wing Ben James and flanker Dan Joseph.
Unfortunately for Waun, wing Lee Evans, who had earlier put over three penalties and a conversion, was unable to land the difficult conversion of the final try that would have given them an unlikely victory.
The Athletic's one try came from an interception by scrum-half Scott Maynard. Their other points came from five penalties and a conversion by full-back Mike Sauro.
Cwmllynfell won 7-6 at home to Whitland, hooker Mark Robins getting the victors' only try, converted by wing Peter Thomas.
Llangennech had an off day at Builth Wells, where they went down 36-19. Wing Tom Barnes got Llan's only try and 18-year-old fly-half Steff Marshall converted it and landed four penalties.
Kidwelly ran in three tries in their 24-18 home win against Crymych.
Lock Chris Davies, centre Andy Francis and full-back Dafydd Lewis got the touchdowns, with fly-half Stuart Morris landing all three conversions and a penalty.
Thirteen of Ammanford's squad who did duty in their 26-12 home defeat by Kenfig Hill were 19 or younger.
It was Ammanford's sixth loss and leaves them firmly rooted to the bottom of the table.
Centre Tom Rees scored an early Ammanford try, and Craig Woodhall got their second.