Tenby take out Town
12:01pm Monday 30th September 2013 in Sport
Tenby United 27-5 Haverfordwest
TENBY United maintained their excellent start to the new season as Haverfordwest became their fourth league victim in a hard-fought local derby.
The Seasiders were on top for much of the match but wasted chances galore in the first half as they could only muster a penalty from scrum half Jonathan Rogers and The Blues produced some gritty scrambling defence, whilst the homesters dropped passes or took wrong options at key times.
Rogers’ penalty came off the woodwork and he also missed two other chances, as did Blues No 10 Mikey Jones. The Seasiders went close on several occasions but good defence by David O’Leary, Alun Harries and the rest of the Blues’ cover kept them out.
But all that changed after the oranges because a period of pressure in the left corner saw flanker Jason Ronowitz score in the corner and then a came a soft try as Haverfordwest lost possession in midfield and Tenby hacked the ball through for Dai Meyrick to score a try which Rogers converted.
Home full back Aled Bowen, who looks a good player in attack and defence, scored the Seasiders’ third try, again converted by Rogers before hooker Gareth Jones scored the bonus-point try as reward for his work rate.
Blues’ full back Craig Barnett grabbed a late consolation score for the visitors but it proved too little, too late as Tenby were worthy winners – and in real contention at the head of the table!
Tenby United: Aled Bowen, Dan Colley, Dai Meyrick, Jack Guerreiro, Damian Miller, Lloyd Thomas, Jonathan Rogers, Johnny Palmer, Gareth Jones, Rob Clarke, Luke Dedman, Chris James (capt), Jason Ronowitz, Patrick Roberts, Sam Smith. Replacements: Rob Fairleigh, Luke Hansford, Sam Davies, Nicky Guymer.
Haverfordwest: Craig Barnett, Jonathan Whitticombe, Luke Harvatt, Grant Rogers, Darren Salmon, Mikey Jones, David O’Leary, Gareth Green (capt), Ashley George, Terry Lovell, Adam Williams, Ryan Banner, Richard Walters, Deian Lloyd-Hughes, Alun Harries. Replacements: Mark Busch, Graham Badham, James Barton, Gareth Morgan.