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Unlucky Cardigan fall two short

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THE TEIFISIDERS fell two points short against a well drilled Pontarddulais side, but the men from Cardigan can take solace from the fact they were able to claim a bonus point.

It was the Bont that scored first with a well-executed try from Gwyn Davies, after some slick passing and a strong running line from the centre allowed him to crash over with Gary Williams adding the extras. Cardigan replied some five minutes later after ill-discipline from the Bont allowed Iestyn Crompton to kick a penalty. After a battle in the mid-field, the visitors extended their lead with Gary Williams touching down in the corner. The scores stayed at 12-3 at the break, after Williams failed to convert his try.

After a little ‘handbags’, both sides were reduced to 13 men thanks to two yellow cards each. This extra space freed up the Cardigan backs and within two minutes of the restart, full back James Russell slid over for a try, which he converted. This was followed up with Rhydian Jenkins touching down for an unconverted try giving the home side a one point lead. The Bont replied almost instantly as Steffan Williams stepped his way to the try line, with Gary Williams adding the extras.

However, as was the game as a whole, the Cardigan side bounced back and Llyr Tobias found himself in space to score a unconverted try, giving Cardigan the lead once again. But the lead would swap hands again for the final time as Jonathan Lloyd slotted a penalty for the visitors, giving them the lead, and the victory in a hugely entertaining game.

Cardigan currently sit in sixth place in Division 3 west, and travel to Llandeilo on January 18 for their next league fixture.

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