Just the 4 fixtures in Division Three West Central A in the opening round in a league which was wide wide-open and immensely exciting last season. We saw 2 promoted clubs facing 2 relegated clubs with momentum coming out on top in both games.
Relegated side Nantyloel lost at home to newly promoted Bagan 15-9. The away side will be delighted at this early stage beating a club who last season were playing two tiers higher than them. Things look really positive for Baglan as their brand new second team beat Maesteg Celtic seconds 23-19 too.
Newly promoted Cwmllynfell also beat a relegated side from last season in Cwmavon. With the home side coming out 20-16 winners. The result shows how wide-open the league is and in these early stages getting points on the board early creates belief and Cwm’ will be delighted with the start.
Swansea Uplands continued their fine form from last season with a resounding 24-0 win over Bryncoch. Uplands have put a marker down and will be hoping to go one better this campaign after falling just short last, promotion will no doubt be the aim.
Aberavon Green Stars were just off the pace with the title contenders last season but sit top of the table after the opening round of fixtures having beaten Cwmgors 31-10 in the Amman Valley.
Aberavon Green Stars kicked off the new league season, and were soon on the scoreboard with a long range penalty through Sam Curran. The score remained at 3-0 to the visitors for most of the first half, with neither side looking like crossing the try line. Aberavon Green Stars finally manged to cross for a converted try through Thomas Davies a few minutes before the interval.
Cwmgors hit back almost immediately, with an Owen Davies penalty on the stroke of half-time.
Cwmgors seemed to have switched off at the start of the second half, allowing Aberavon Green Stars to cross for 2 converted tries within 10 minutes of the restart through Sean Curran and Ben Evans. Giving the visitors a 21 point lead.
Ten minutes later Josh Ingarfield crossed for another converted try to make the score 3-31. Cwmgors finally woke up and began to exert some pressure on the visitors. Following a couple of penalties against Aberavon Green Stars for scrum offences on their own 5 meter line, flanker Cerith Dennard took a quick tap penalty and was brought down by an offside player short of the line. With 10 minutes left they were awarded a penalty try.
Despite their efforts, Cwmgors couldn’t add to their score, and it ended 10-31. The result was ‘disappointing’ for the home side, but the effort shown was encouraging.
Other West Central League Round-Ups:-
RUGBY DIVISION ONE WEST CENTRAL ROUND-UP
RUGBY ROUND UP OF DIVISION TWO WEST CENTRAL
RUGBY DIVISION THREE B WEST CENTRAL ROUND UP
RUGBY WEST CENTRAL DIVISION THREE C: ROUND UP