Division Three West A:
Tregaron 21
Haverfordwest 17

Fourth-placed Haverfordwest managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory after leading by 17 points at half time but then disappointingly losing to a Tregaron side lingering in the bottom three of the table, and having lost 64-3 when they travelled to play at Haverfordwest earlier in the season.

The Blues travelled with a makeshift side and paid the ultimate price as they made the almost-two hour trip North with a mixture of first, second and youth team players, plus one sub in Shane Phillips, who had gone along to watch and found himself sitting alone on the replacements’ bench.

They were boosted by the inclusion of flanker Jack Clancy (playing on permit from Tenby) and Kyle Williams (home for the weekend from Hartpury College), whilst Gareth Richards played his first match for a number of years in a switch from local football, and youth teamer Tom Carrington played his heart out in the front row alongside regulars Terry Lovell and Jamie Zambas.

Their experience alongside half backs Lee Summons and Ollie Hughes proved significant in the first period as centre Dane Pindair made a welcome return from injury and helped set up the Blues’ first score, which was a first-ever corner try by winger Mark Wilson.

Then Terry Lovell powered his way through for a second unconverted try and before the oranges young No 10 Ollie Hughes again showed his potential as he sliced through for a try which he also converted.

But Tregaron clawed their way back with an early penalty by Huw Bonner after the restart and then tries from Gethin Williams and Steffan Bonsall hauled them right back into contention as The Blues began to tire in the heavy conditions.

As the home side managed to maintain their momentum they took the lead after several phases saw Ben Jones score their third unconverted try to push them into a single-point advantage.

There was still time for another score but, sadly for The Blues, it fell to Tregaron as Bonner slotted a penalty – and Haverfordwest made the long trek home knowing that on form this was a match they chould have won, had they been able to field anything like a full team!

Haverfordwest coach Bruce Evans: "Huge respect for the boys who travelled and we were looking at a bonus point win when we were leading 17-0 after 35 minutes.

"But well done to Tregaron, who fought back really well deserved their win in the end.

"On top of numerous injuries, we had seven of the side that was selected on Thursday night drop out. That was disappointing."

Haverfordwest: Rhys Baker, Mark Stobbs, Dane Pindair, Gareth Richards, Mark Wilson, Ollie Hughes, Lee Summons, Terry Lovell, Jamie Zambas, Tom Carrington, Ben Llewelyn, Richard Little, Steve Thomas, Jack Clancy, Kyle Williams. Replacement: Shane Phillips.