Fourth home loss keeps Neath at foot of table
NEATH suffered their fourth straight league defeat at The Gnoll as Cardiff grabbed a narrow victory.
The loss means Neil Edwards's side remain at the foot of the table with just three points to their name. Perhaps more worryingly, they have played all their games at home so far this term.
Cardiff went fourth as a result of their victory.
The opening exchanges were even but the first points of the game came from a Neath mistake.
A handling error in midfield ended with Cardiff snapping up the loose ball and Richard Smith was on Ben Roach's shoulder to run home. Jack Maynard landed the conversion.
Three minutes later the visitors had doubled the lead. From a line-out, Cardiff worked one way then the other before captain Ellis Jenkins sent a long pass out to Roach who ran into the corner.
Maynard converted, then added a drop-goal to extend the lead.
Neath forced their way back into the game when Jack Jones was driven over a line-out.
But the visitors extended their lead before the interval when Maynard kicked his second penalty.
The first half may have belonged to Cardiff, but the second period was all about the hosts.
And their revival saw them going close to snatching a draw.
Kyle Taylor went over for Neath, though Cardiff hit back almost immediately when they secured turnover ball, created an overlap and Dan Fish scored his fourth try in two games.
Neath's late rally began when Gareth Bateman crossed, and he was followed over the line by Ceri Young.
But crucially, Dai Langdon could only convert one and the Blue and Blacks were able to see out the win in the final few minutes.
Neath : Tries: J. Jones, K. Taylor, G. Bateman, C. Young. Cons: D. Langdon (3).
Cardiff : Tries; R. Smith, B. Roach, D. Fish. Cons: J. Maynard (2). Pens: J. Maynard (2). Drop-goal: J. Maynard.