Pontrhydyfen do enough to see off Ystrad
AFTER back-to-back defeats in division five south west, Pontrhydyfen returned to winning ways with a 16-10 win at Ystradgynlais despite a late fightback by the home side.
Fly-half Morgan Harris kicked two penalties in the first 10 minutes for Ponty, with Ystrad's Tom Blizzard replying with one of his own.
On the stroke of half-time the home side's ambition proved ill judged as Ponty No. 8 Chris Hunt plucked a long pass out of the air to race home from 40 yards. Harris's conversion made it 13-3 at the break.
In the second half Harris drew first blood with a penalty after an off-the-ball incident led to an Ystrad player being sin-binned. Once numerical parity had been restored, the visitors paid the price for repeatedly infringing at the breakdown and were themselves reduced to 14 men.
The home team came close to closing the gap but were thwarted by Alun Bevan as the ball was held up over the line, but deep in injury time Liam Harris outpaced the defence to get to a well-placed chip for a touchdown, and Blizzard's fine conversion was the last act of the match.
Glais are second, two points behind Pontrhydyfen with a game in hand, after they thrashed visitors Tonna 58-0.
They ran in eight tries, wing Jason King leading the scoring with a try hat-trick, one of his scores a glorious length-of-the-field move.
No. 8 Gareth Bennett, scrum-half Jonathan Evans, fly-half Ben Phillips, full-back Karl Williams and centre Richard Hooper also crossed, and Phillips landed six conversions, a drop-goal and a penalty.
Baglan beat bottom side Cwmgwrach 12-0 thanks to four penalties by scrum-half Rhys Davies. Centre Dan Blethyn and prop and captain Lee Bamford played well for the victors.
Birchgrove won 23-10 at Alltwen, their two tries scored by scrum-half Ricky Rosser and flanker Kyle Evans. Fly-half Anthony Evans was successful with both conversions and three penalties.
Lock Tomos Hopkin scored Alltwen's only try and Adam Thornton put over a conversion and a penalty.