Millennium dream over for Banc after agonising defeat
PENYBANC'S dream of playing at the Millennium Stadium was shattered when they agonisingly lost 9-5 at home to Pontycymmer in round five of the Swalec Bowl.
The Tigers scored the only try of the fixture. Centre Mathew Brayley, who captained Wales Under-21s to a Grand Slam in his younger days, made the initial attacking burst before offloading to co-centre Geraint Evans inside the opening ten minutes to give the hosts a 5-0 lead they took into half-time.
But after the break, Ponty landed two penalties and a cracking long-range drop-goal ten minutes from the whistle.
"Our lads were awesome in defence, but we missed several first-half scoring chances and were devastated to lose it near the end," said Penybanc team manager James Bush.
Penybanc are involved in a local derby on Saturday, starting their game at Llandybie at noon.
Pantyffynnon caused the shock of the weekend, seeing off formerly unbeaten division six runaway leaders Tonmawr 22-17.
"It was a fantastic win for us," said elated prop and Pantyffynnon team manager Julian Davies.
Panty led 7-3 at the interval thanks to an Aaron Jones try, converted by hooker Nick James.
Panty registered two more tries in the second half. Centre Rob Davies chipped through and dived on the ball for the first and Julian Davies then chipped down the tramline before diving onto the ball to score a memorable touchdown.
James converted once more and also landed a penalty.
Amman United stretched their lead at the top of division three west to seven points via a 35-10 bonus-point home victory over fourth-placed Tenby United.
The whistle was the main feature of a scrappy first half, with the penalty count 16-3 against Amman, who were also trailing 10-5 with wing Johnny Bevan nipping in for their unconverted try.
In the second half Amman made the decision to use their forwards more. This proved to be decisive, with four tries being shared between blindside flanker Shaun Mangan, wing Dean Williams, centre Christian Madge and replacement fly-half Rhys Thomas. He also kicked two conversions, as did Adrian Thomas.
Amman are away to Newcastle Emlyn next Saturday, kicking off at noon.
Another outfit who also lead the pack by seven points are Tycroes, whose 29-0 bonus-point triumph at Fishguard keeps them way above the chasing pack in division four west.
"It was a cracking win in which we dominated a very good team. Our outstanding performer was No. 8 Matthew Edwards," said Tycroes team manager Craig Phillips.
Nineteen points were claimed by wing Grant Williams, who scored two tries and kicked three conversions and a penalty.
Hooker Richie Williams registered his eighth try of the season, with captain and centre Steven Roach also claiming a try.
Cwmgors racked up yet another win, beating visiting Baglan 36-24 and are still second in division five south west.
Cwmgors secretary Jeff Bright said: "Baglan elected for passive scrums from the start, but we still got the try bonus point."
Five Gors touchdowns were registered by centre Mike Hodges (2), scrum-half Lee Evans, wing Gavin Madge and full-back Lloyd Watson, with Steffan Rees kicking four conversions and a penalty.
Ammanford lost 41-20 in division one west.
Ammanford secretary Lyn Roberts said: "It was nip and tuck during the first half and we were only down 19-15 at that stage.
"Like the previous week, the opposition were scoring their points whenever they entered our half. We gave a cheap try away at the start of the second half and an interception gave Waun a comfortable lead. Then tired legs took them away from us.
"We created a lot, but once again couldn't finish. We also had two tries disallowed for forward passes."
The Morris brothers starred for Ammanford, with Llyr Morris the benefactor of Rhydian Morris's crossfield kick.
Rhydian Morris also slotted over a hat-trick of penalties and a drop-goal, with centre Chris Moore adding a long-range penalty.