Kicks prove vital as Resolven edge win
NEATH Athletic and Resolven fought out a high-scoring thriller at Cwrt Herbert in division three south west.
The home side outscored Resolven by six tries to five but still lost 37-34.
Hooker Aled Morris, centre Colton Kelly, wing George Rees, flanker Gareth Morgan, fly-half Craig Gorman and No. 8 Leon Ward got the Athletic's tries and full-back Adam Rowlands converted two of them.
Much-travelled centre Gareth Morris was the hero for the Neath Valley side with a hat-trick. Hooker Nicky Reid and lock Andrew Jarrett also touched down, and fly-half Dai Felton landed three conversions and, crucially, two penalties.
Ystalyfera and Maesteg Celtic are joint top. Celtic edged to a 39-35 win at Pencoed, while Ystalyfera saw off Taibach 39-17 in the Swansea Valley.
Taibach had only 15 players due to injuries and a lack of front-row players.
No. 8 Owain Morgan crossed for a try for Ystalyfera after just 10 seconds of the start. Gareth James converted, and then dropped a goal for a 10-point lead.
Taibach responded with a try by Kyle Jenkins, but Ystalyfera scored through hooker Daniel Williams, James again converting for a 17-5 half-time lead.
Ystalyfera scored another four second-half tries via wing Damian James (2), new prop Ryan Bath and centre Ashley Carter. James converted one of them.
Prop Chris Maggs got a late consolation try for Taibach, Mike McSweeney converting. The visitors had to play the last 10 minutes with 14 men due to Mike Kelly leaving the field injured.
Penlan made it two wins from two with a narrow 15-10 win at winless Bryncoch — the second half was scoreless.
Full-back Luke Davies and flanker Ian Scrine got the tries and Luke's brother Scott at fly-half kicked a penalty and a conversion.
Morriston got off the mark with a hard-fought 19-15 home win against Pontycymer despite having hooker Darren Poland sent off.
Wing Josh Davies, flanker Andrew Hughes and fly-half Chris Shill got their tries, and Shill converted two of them.
Equal bottom with Pontycymer are Glyncorrwg, who were pipped 14-13 at home by Brynaman