Tenby United (14) 28 Yr Hendy (47) 66
Despite a rather stuttering start into the second half of the seasons fixtures and the new year, FBM sponsored Tenby United welcomed Yr Hendy to a blustery but dry Heywood Lane with a team showing several changes from their last outing against Crymych, due to combination of injury, unavailability and work commitments with Shane Rossiter and new comer Mark Hamilton in the backs making starts, while on the bench returning players included old favourites Rob Clark and Wyndham Williams along with Dan Allen and Ash Murdoch, who was making a welcome return after a long illness.
In a game where tries came at regular intervals, with the visitors outscoring Tenby United ten tries to four, it was unusual in so much as Tenby started both halves well by scoring the first try after less than two minutes of the start and were first over the white wash in the second half. They also finished on a high by scoring the final try of the game to bag a fourth try bonus point. The result however was never in any doubt with a big pack and a set of speedy backs there was only going to be one winner – Hendy, and they can be well pleased with their performance as they completed the double over a spirited Tenby side that stuck to their hard challenging task for the full eighty minutes.
Starting brightly Tenby reacted from securing the kick off and setting off on a move that involved forwards Ethan Morgan, Luke Dedman, Roy Osborn and Jack Broadhurst ending with Lloyd Thomas putting in a deft chip over the last defender setting up Jack Parkinson to score the opening try, which was converted by Thomas giving Tenby an unexpected early lead at 7-0.
Reacting to this reverse Hendy went straight into attack mode and from a lineout close to the Tenby line performed the first of many catch and drives with 13 players pilling in to drive centre Iwan Mayze over, a try Morris converted brining the scores level at 7-7. Tenby were next on the attack but were penalised close to the Hendy line and scrum half Beynon, although taking a quick tap and go yards from the point where the penalty was actually awarded, went the length of the field to score under the posts. Adding the extras Morris took the scores out to 7-14
Maintaining their momentum it was Beynon again that breached the stretched Tenby defence with an outrageous dummy to score his second converted try quickly extending the lead to 7-21. Tenby rallied somewhat with Moritz Neumann¸ Ben Pugh¸ Jack Broadhurst and Charlie Patching all prominent in both defence and attack aided by skipper Dedman and Tom Barrass although Tenby were fortunate when referee Kibble deemed a forward pass prior to a Hendy player crossing the line.
Hendy became camped on the Tenby line and executed another catch and drive with burly number eight Aled Thomas emerging from a mass of bodies clutching the ball for the all important fourth try bonus point and a 7-28 lead, as Morris again converted. The move was repeated minutes later taking the scores out to 7-33. Learning from what was an obvious scoring ploy, from the restart Tenby replicated what Hendy had been doing and from a perfectly executed catch and drive Jack Broadhurst emerged holding the ball for a score extended to a 14-33 game as Thomas converted. Hendy upped the pace with half time approaching as Tenby fell off one or two tackles and scored two converted tries, extended the margin to 14-47.
The writing was on the wall for the home side with the fear that Hendy would step the pace up in the second half and rattle up a high sore but to their credit, Tenby dug deep and although there was a rather harsh penalty try awarded by fussy referee Stuart Kibble (when Tenby were down to 14 men), Hendy were contained, as they only ran in two additional tries, while the efforts of Tenby were rewarded with a matching two tries, with Moritz Neumann and Jack Tucker crossing the white wash and with two successful conversions by Thomas the game ended at 66-28. But on a sour note, as right on the final whistle Roy Osborn was red carded by referee Kibble, even though he was the player tip tackled by an opposition player – so much for player protection.
Speaking to coach Jonathan Evans after the game he was rightly angry over the tip tackle incident which from talking to the referee post match had ascertained that he, the ref, had not deemed it to be an offence – which is not bourn out be the video of the game. Jon also had spoken to the Hendy coaches to be told that this 20 were the strongest they had fielded to date and he agreed they were the strongest and most organised team to visit Heywood Lane this season.
He singled out three Tenby United players Ben Pugh, Tom Barrass and Jack Broadhurst, all under 19, who yet again were our standout players, ably supported by he rest of the team that battled for the full eighty minutes and reflected that procession throughout the match was not as uneven or dominated by one side as the score might suggest, but added, that Hendy were clinical and punished us for our mistakes.
Away to third placed Gowerton tomorrow, Tenby will be facing a side wanting to get back into winning ways having been soundly been beaten by local rivals Gorseinon last Saturday 23-0
Tenby: Tries: Moritz Neuman, Jack Parkinson, Jack Broadhurst , Jack Tucker.
Conv: Lloyd Thomas x 4
Hendy: Tries: Tom Havard x 2, Iwan Mayze, Ifan Beynon x 2; Aled Thomas; Ashley Bonfield, Rhydian Morris, Dyfan Williams. Penalty try.
Conv: Rhydian Morris x 7
Tenby:- Shane Rossiter, Geraint Powell (Ash Murdoch), Moritz Neumann, Jack Parkinson, Mark Hamilton (Jack Tucker), Lloyd Thomas, Ben Pugh, Ethan Morgan (Rob Clark), Tom Barrass (Dan Allan), Rob Luly, Luke Dedman (Capt.), Charlie Patching (Wyndham Williams), Mike Davis, Roy Osborn, Jack Broadhurst.
Yr Hendy Team;- Jake Newman, Tom Havard, Josh Davies, Iwan Mayze, Dyfan Williams, Rhydian Morris, Ifan Beynon, Shaun Williams, Ben Batcup, Greg Crampton, Lee Thomas, Richard Kinnear, Matthew Wetherspoon, Rhys Howells, Aled Thomas. Reps: Callum Williams, Anthony John, Yousif Suliman, Ceiran James, Ashley Bonfield