Banwen Impressed in their 30-18 victory over Maesteg in the opening game of the season. The versatile Leighton Llewellyn played scrum half that day and told us ‘We heard a lot about Maesteg and expected a really tough game as there was talk that they had an influx of new players. It was a tough game as expected, their pack was bigger than ours but on the day as individuals we were better, making breaks regularly and we probably left three or four tries out there in truth. The first 20 minutes they put us under pressure but then we scored two quick tries and we never looked in doubt really.’
Looking forward to the rest of the season Leghton said ‘we fell short last season, we have new boys back from injury and from university and if we can keep it up in training then I think we can compete. I don’t think there is many better on our day, last season we would lose to a side down the bottom one week and then beat one at the top the week after. Discipline cost us at times giving away penalties when on top. We’ve had a perfect start to the campaign though, we played two pre-season games against sides at a higher level and won both, plus this result and so it is looking good’.
The league is full of tough, physical teams and difficult away days and Maesteg will no-doubt be looking forward to some home fixtures starting with Glyncorrwg who visit them on the 14th September.
Glais have had a number of new players at the club but were comprehensively beaten by Briton Ferry 36-0. Ferry enjoyed an incredible turn-around last campaign to survive in the league and if they can maintain that form then they could find themselves endangering the right end of the table. For Glais, the season is about consolidating and eyes will be drawn to the next fixture at home to Penlan.
Bryncethin agonisingly lost out on promotion last season and were within a converted try from a win at one of the toughest places to go in this league. Glyncorrwg are notoriously difficult to beat at home and the Afan valley side took the spoils in a 32-27 win. Both sides will be eyeing those top two places come May and I expect them both to be in that top 4 but it’s a bruising league.
Two relegated sides faced one another as Neath Athletic won 28-27 away at Penlan. The result will give both sides positives, Penlan struggled for large spells last campaign and will be hopeful that they can compete in more games this year while Athletic should be eyeing a return to the higher division.
Other West Central League Round ups:-
RUGBY DIVISION ONE WEST CENTRAL ROUND-UP
RUGBY ROUND UP OF DIVISION TWO WEST CENTRAL
RUGBY ‘WEST CENTRAL DIVISION THREE A’ ROUND UP
RUGBY WEST CENTRAL DIVISION THREE C: ROUND UP