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REPORTS

Tillery’s greater flair and firepower sees them home
pass the Caerphilly test

Following a fallow first half, which had a plethora of penalties but a paucity of points, this game burst into life after the break. The sides shared six tries equally during an often frantic, frenetic final forty minutes, or rather fifty minutes taking into account injuries, but it was Tillery who emerged as deserved victors, courtesy largely of their greater flair and firepower behind. The only downside were nasty looking injuries sustained by Tillery wing Aled Penn and one of the home replacements following an accidental clash of heads deep in injury time.


The opening quarter was largely forgettable as both sides struggled to shrug off the rustiness of the enforced autumn league layoff. The home side had the upper hand in the scrums which brought a string of penalties, but their tendency to go off their feet at the breakdown yielded the advantage back to Tillery as the referee’s whistle punctuated the encounter.


Eventually, Tillery upped their game and should have taken the lead as a series of breaks catalysed by Kurtis Haile created a clear overlap out right. However, Lewis Bates was unable to hold onto Craig Edwards’ final pass with the line at his mercy.


It was then the home side’s turn to fail to take advantage of an excellent chance as their passing was laboured with a clear route to the line. And with both kickers off target with a couple of penalties, the scoreboard was untroubled by the interval.


HT: 0 - 0


If the first half was something of a snooze, the second started with an almost immediate wake-up call and then continued to provide great entertainment for the partisan crowd. The home following was first to celebrate as Tillery failed to deal with a high bouncing ball which was gathered by the home left wing who streaked over for an uncovered score.


The visitors’ riposte was instant. Liam Crandon’s hanging restart was reclaimed by Aled Penn for Tillery to work the ball left where an interchange between Dan Crandon and Jack Summers saw the latter cross for a try excellently converted by Haile.


The Green & Whites were now in full flow and although they messed up following a tapped penalty close to the line after refusing a straightforward kick at goal, Haile landed a penalty minutes later to extend the lead. Then Penn raced over for an unconverted try after a Connor Miles’s break created a gap for Edwards whose excellent pass sent the wing clear.


The scene seemed set for visitors to run away with the game. But the home side had other ideas and their efforts were rewarded with a penalty try after Tillery’s scrum was deemed guilty of dropping it on their own line.


With now just three points in it, the tension was mounting as the winter sun set. Tillery needed to repel the renewed home surge although Abergavenny contributed greatly themselves as their tight head prop was sin-binned. Lewis Bates, who put in a strong performance throughout, then more than made amends for his first half error when he broke free and over for Tillery’s third try, excellently added to by Haile.


But within minutes, Tillery foolishly elected to run from deep in their 22 in search of a bonus point try and the home right wing was on hand to gather and cross as the ball was spilled to bring the scores to 17-22. In what already seemed an inordinate amount of injury time, the game was then subject to further delay as Aled Penn hurtled head first into the oncoming head of a would-be tackler after being ankle tapped in full flight. Both players needed treatment before being led off and eventually the referee brought matters to an end as the away supporters celebrated a hard-earned win.



Tillery website M-O-M: Lewis Prosser








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Gwernyfed (h) - f

W

31

7

Llandybie (a) - f

W

59

10

Abercarn (h) - f

W

28

10

Pill Harriers (h)

W

17

9

Talywain (a)

W

28

20

Brynmawr (h)

L

18

23

Garndiffaith (a) plate

L

14

43

Tredegar (a)

W

42

14

Pontypool United (h)

L

9

23

Croesyceiliog (a)

W

21

18

Resolfen (a) - f

W

22

20

Caerphilly (h)

W

16

13

Hafodyrynys (a) - f

W

30

21

Risca (h) BF Cup

L

17

18

Abergavenny

W

22

17













































How Tillery lined up…







15. Darren Miles




14. Kurtis Haile


13. Lewis Bates


12. Craig Edwards


11. Aled Penn





10. Liam Crandon


9. Connor Miles





7. Lewis Prosser (c)

8. Dan Crandon


6. Nicky Thomas
Matthew Jones, 66






5. Jack Summers
Craig Meredith, 51



4. Matthew Catlin
Adam Collins. 66






3. Andy Rowlands
Tom Ball, 77

 

2. Jordan Legge
Matthew Jones, 61

1. Dan Meredith



December 6 2014

Abergavenny (0) 17 Abertillery (0) 22

Division 2 East
FIXTURES

December 6 2014


Abergavenny

17

22

Abertillery

Aberysswg

22

25

Brynmawr

Caerphilly

12

11

Nantyglo

Croesyceiliog

44

7

Newport HS

Pontypool U

21

26

Pill Harriers

Tredegar

13

75

Talywain


P

W

D

L

Pts

Pontypool U

8

6

0

2

30

Abertysswg

8

6

0

2

27

Abertillery

8

6

0

2

26

Brynmawr

8

6

0

2

24

Talywain

8

4

0

4

22

Nantyglo

7

4

0

3

19

Pill Harriers

7

3

0

4

14

Abergavenny

7

2

0

5

12

Caerphilly

7

2

0

5

11

Croesyceiliog

6

2

0

4

11

Newport HS

8

2

0

6

10

Tredegar

4

0

0

4

0