Sunday, 3 November 2013

One East Review: Merthyr reclaim top spot

Once again it’s all change at the top of One East with Merthyr reclaiming the top spot after their 34-5 demolition of Gilfach Goch, as they capitalised on Ystrad Rhondda’s 14-7 win over Heol y Cyw.

The Ironmen clinched their sixth victory in seven starts as they proved to be far too strong for Gowch.

Lee Jarvis’ men hit their visitors for six with tries from full back Owain Morgan (2), Gareth Way, Josh Flye and Chris Davies.

Gowch’s only try of the match came before the break through second row Sean Purnell.

Meanwhile, Ystrad Rhondda moved up to second as they inflicted Heol y Cyw’s first defeat in seven with a 14-7 triumph at the Gelligalad.

Both teams struggled with the wet and wild conditions, but a first half touchdown from Adam Lewis and three penalties after the interval from Rhys Truelove was enough to give last season’s runners up the win.

The Cockerels did come away with a losing bonus point thanks to a converted Paul Songhurst try, but the result sees them slip to third in the table.

One time leaders Rumney got their campaign back on track as they saw off the challenge of Penallta to claim a 15-0 home triumph.

Rumney, who had lost their last two matches on the bounce heading into the game, dealt with the tough conditions better and crossed twice through John Leadbetter and Luke Bendon, while Danny Clarke slotted a penalty and a conversion.

Ynysybwl moved into the top half of the table courtesy of a 19-15 win over Glamorgan Wanderers at the Memorial Ground.

Classy centre Sean Ireland was the stand-out performer for Bwl as he bagged a double for the visitors, while Sean Wigfall also went over. Nathan Ellis added extras to two.

Elsewhere, Treorchy clinched only their third win of the campaign as they stuttered to a 14-10 success over basement boys Bedlinog.

The Zebras needed a late penalty try to see off the hosts while influential No. 8 Craig Everett also touched down.

Finally, in the day’s other fixture, Rhydyfelin edged past new boys Nelson by the slenderest of margins 21-20.


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