League Match Reports

Llandrindod 5 - St Albans 31
Llandrindod welcomed League leaders St Albans to the Lande Field and put in a spiriteed performance but a ten minute purple patch from the visitors put then out of sight. St Albans opened the scoring with a penalty before Llandrindod responded well with a series of dominant scrums leading to a yellow card for the 'Buns' hooker. Another dominant shove looked destined to result in a home score but the scrum turned and the away side gained a penalty from the resulting phase. St albans then cleared their lines before a neat counter-attacking move ended with a converted try to give a haslf time score to the League leaders of 10-0.
The second half started evenly but three converted tries in a ten minute spell put an end to any chance of the home side coming back although they did score a deserved try through winger Kyle Baggett.
This was however a performance full of grit and determination by Llandrindod who have dug in through a tough month in which they have played the League leaders twice and the second place team away.
Llandrindod's next game is on 17th February away at Brackla in the League.
(Match report by Jonathan Duggan) 

Llandrindod 19 - Whitchurch 24
Llandrindod started 2018 hosting a Whitchurch a team that they had been well beaten by in September, and put in a hugely committed performance only to be cruelty beaten by a try in the last play of the game.  Llandrindod were disrupted by some late withdrawals close to the match and suffered another blow when key centre Will Powell hobbled off the pitch with a nasty looking leg injury in the early exchanges.  However this seemed to galvanize the home team and they quickly scored a penalty try after the away sides scrum was marched backwards.   Whitchurch responded but resolute home defence kept them out.  The game ebbed and flowed before home skipper Richard Watkins threw an audacious dummy to split the away sides defence and was brought down a yard from the line after a 25 metre burst. Unfortunately this wasn't turned into a score.  The home side did score again before half time through a driving maul with Aled Price expertly touching down for an unconverted try leaving a half time score of 12-0
The second half started in similar fashion to the first with the Llandrindod front row of Noel Davies Jones, Sam Davies and skipper Watkins working tirelessly in the tight exchanges alongside Ash Hammond Senior and Jamie Price in the second row ensuring the home side were on the front foot.  Josh Hammond and Geraint Evans were big carriers in the back row supported by Ash Hammond Jnr.  A multi phase attack close to the Whitchurch line saw the ball spread by impressive fly half Sean Cosgrave to Aled Price to cross for a second try converted by Jonathan Duggan.

At 19-0 ahead the home side started to tire with substitutions limited.  Whitchurch hit back with two tries with Llandrindod players in the sin bin meaning a nervy finish to the game.  After more sustained pressure Whitchurch scored again to even the scores up with about three minutes to go and then cruelly with the last play of the game and bodies strewn all over the pitch the away sides winger got to a speculative chip through first to touch down with the last action of the game.  Llandrindod will look to bounce back with a trip to St Albans this Saturday but all concerned can be justifiably proud of their efforts in the first game of the new year.  
CIAC's 10 Llandrindod Wells 33
Llandrindod travelled to Grangetown in Cardiff and recorded a bonus point victory after a strong first half showing.
Llandrindod were out of the blocks early with a series of carries close the line resulting in centre Will Powell picking up and touching down from close range
for a try converted by Jonathan Duggan.  The Llandrindod driving line-out started to dominate and resulted in good territorial gains for the away side,
from one such gain Will Powell was again able to touchdown from an identical position to his first effort, Duggan again added the extras.
The home side responded quickly with a kick ahead and a wicked bounce leading to a unconverted try before Llandrindod regained control with two quick fire tries from scrum-half Dale Wilson after running good support lines from strong carries from back rowers Geraint Evans and Rob Davies, one of these tries being converted by Duggan to give the away team a commanding 26-5 half time lead.
The second half was largely uneventful as the strong wind kept Llandrindod in their own half for the most part.  CIAC's rallied to score an unconverted try through their tight-head prop before a series of phases resulted in Llandrindod hooker Sam Davies taking a nice out to in line to score a try with the last play of the game.  Duggan converted to seal a pleasing afternoons work. 
(Match report by Jonathan Duggan)


Llandrindod Wells 17 Brackla 24

Llandrindod lost out at home to Brackla being outscored 4 tries to 3.  Llandrindod Try scorers were Josh Hammond, Ashley Hammond and Richard Watkins; one try was converted by Aled Price.  The visitors lack of suitably trained front row players meant uncontested scrums taking away one of the home sides key strengths.  Llandrindod travel to CIACS next week in the League  The game was kindly sponsored by Neil Sanders of the Sales Centre (Vehicle Sales in Llandrindod Wells).
(Report by Jonathan Duggan)

St Albans v Llandrindod Wells
Match postponed to a date to be arranged.


Llandrindod Wells 25 - Llanrumney 25

Llandrindod hosted high flying Llanrumney in their first home league game of the season in a hugely entertaining match at Lant Avenue.  Llanrumney, who have swept all before them so far this season, took an early lead when their hooker finished off a slick line-out move to score in the corner.  This was followed ten minutes later by a try by the away team's inside centre following a quick tap penalty. The conversion was added to give Llanrumney at 12 nil lead.
Llandrindod had given several penalties away in this period and started to realise the error of their ways.  Several strong attack’s with Geraint Evans and Steve Boore to the fore saw Flanker Rob Davies force his way over from short range.  This was followed shortly after by a try from his brother Mark after fly half Rhys Davies made a neat break supported by Dan Oakley Jnr, and the winger showed a clean pair of heals to score in the corner. The try was unconverted.
Llanrumney got back into the Llandrindod half and converted a penalty before Mark Davies scored another try before half time to level things up and give the boys from the Sywdd a combined first half hat-trick!  With a 15 all scoreline at halftime both teams fancied their chances but Llandrindod took the initiative when good initial carries by Sam Davies and Ash Hammond Jnr were continued by Steve Spike Boore giving momentum before the ball was swung wide to prop Ash Hammond Snr who showed great speed and strength in the wide channel to crash over for a fourth try and give the home team the lead for the first time in the game.
Llanrumney then rallied to take control of the next 20 minutes of the game scoring a converted try and a further penalty to take a five point lead and only some desperate last ditch defence prevented them adding to the score.  Finally a big hit in midfield from Geraint Evans and a hack forward from Will Powell shifted momentum and the home side were on the attack some good carries from centres Steve ‘Spike’ Boore and Tom ‘Wasp’ Davies got Llandrindod within striking distance, and Dan Oakley Snr was able to squeeze over to level the scores.
The conversion was narrowly missed but Llandrindod had one last attack in them, when a big run from Boore put them close to the line and several phases later Dan Oakley Snr was over the line. However the referee ruled that the ball was held up.  The game ended in a draw and 3 points for the home team, 2 for the draw and 1 for scoring more then 4 tries.  This was a highly encouraging performance for Llandrindod  and one they will hope to build on throughout the season.
The club are thankful to Gareth Hughes for sponsoring the match ball.
(Match report courtesy of Jonathan Duggan)


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