Late flourish puts Ponty in the clear
LEADERS Pontrhydyfen continued their good start in division five south west with a 32-15 home derby win against near neighbours Baglan. For the second week, though, the result was in doubt until the final moments.
Skipper Lloyd Hayden opened the scoring with a try from a rolling maul, but Baglan soon hit back with a penalty from full-back Rhys Davies.
On the half-hour, fly-half Morgan Harris found Warren Davies on the angle and the full-back cantered over untouched for a try on his debut, giving Ponty a 10-5 interval lead.
Early in the second half the lively Davies moved up to scrum-half, and his clean break from the base of a scrum saw him score a great solo try, which he also converted.
Baglan continued to apply pressure and a defensive mix-up allowed Russell Jones to score their second try.
Home centre Richard Wanklyn strolled over for try number three, Harris converting and adding a penalty minutes later to give Ponty a five-point lead.
The result, however was not assured until Harris's injury-time try for the bonus point. And there was still time for Wanklyn to add another try to give the final score a flattering look.
Abercrave rattled up one of the biggest scores of the day with a 59-0 win at home to Cwmgwrach, while Crynant drew at home with Glais 13-13.
Alltwen won 20-3 at Tonna after rattling up 20 points in as many minutes thanks to tries by flanker Paul Williams, centre and coach Kristian Walsh and full-back Rhodri Lewis.
Ystradgynlais beat visitors Birchgrove 17-10. It was one try apiece but wing Emyr Addey's four penalties and a conversion, added to centre Alex Demelverda's try, won it for Ystrad.
On a sad note, it has been confirmed that Banwen have pulled out of the league for this season. They hope to be able to re-form a team for next season.