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REPORTS

Tillery and Falcons share

the Christmas honours

Whilst it wasn’t quite a Christmas cracker in terms of the standard of the rugby, nevertheless these sides produced a tense encounter with an exciting finish.


Deep into injury time, trailing by 6-13, the Green & Whites, having besieged the dogged visitors for almost twenty minutes, got the try their efforts deserved although it was somewhat contentious. As Craig Meredith picked up and drove at an advancing scrum close to the line, the ball became dislodged although it was unclear whether it was ripped back or knocked on. However, as it went over the line, a flailing Tillery hand touched it down and the excellent Liam Crandon held his nerve to land the conversion to level matters.


That seemed that but from the restart the Falcons forced a penalty providing the impressive Richard Theophilus with a difficult effort wide out from 40 metres to win the game. The kick at first seemed true, but to the dismay of the visiting support, it faded late on and wide leaving the game as a draw that was probably a fair result at the end of the day.


Not that Tillery would have been happy with that after the opening thirty minutes as they dominated every facet but failed to take three good try scoring opportunities. Instead they had to depend on Liam Crandon’s boot to open up a six point advantage, the second penalty coming not long after the Falcons were reduced to 14 men temporarily for a tackle in the air by one of their locks. As a spectacle at this stage, the game was a little staccato in nature with injuries afflicting both sides who each suffered the loss of their number eights.

Having been on the defensive for the opening half hour, for which the visitors were indebted to their hard working swarming defence and Tillery’s profligacy to still be in contention, the game turned as home prop Dan Meredith was sin-binned for obstructing a tap penalty. In his absence, the Falcons at last got a foothold in home territory and they gained their reward as Theophilus halved the deficit with a penalty right on time.


H-T: 6 – 3


Sensing they were fully in contention, the visitors used the boot well after the break to push Tillery back although they threatened little in attack with ball in hand. Then the game was turned on its head in a matter of minutes. First, Theophilus landed his second to level matters and then almost immediately from the restart, a wicked bounce from a lofted kick deceived home full back Mike Williams and the Falcons won the kick ahead and chase to touchdown for an excellently converted try.


Suddenly seven points to the good and with their confidence visibly rising, ‘Tysswg sensibly kept to their successful kicking game which denied Tillery a territorial platform. Increasingly frustrated, the hosts’ decision making became rushed and erratic as they looked to pick up the tempo and get themselves back into the game.


But with ten minutes of normal time remaining, at last they camped close to the visitors’ line and stayed there until deep into almost ten minutes of injury time. Time and time again they were denied a score by the Falcons desperate defence and their own lack of composure until the flailing hand got the score that proved decisive in gaining the draw.



Tillery website M-O-M: Liam Crandon








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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 (h)

W

22

17

Abertysswg F (h)

D

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How Tillery lined up…







15.Mike Williams




14. Kurtis Haile


13. Lewis Bates


12. Craig Edwards


11. Darren Miles





10. Liam Crandon


9. Connor Miles





7. Lewis Prosser (c)

8. Dan Crandon
Craig Meredith, 18


6. Jack Summers
Andy Rowlands, 30-40
Matthew Jones, 58






5. Terry Blackwell



4. Matthew Catlin







3. Dan Meredith



 

2. Nicky Thomas

Jordan Legge, 45

1. Dafydd Cripps



December 20 2014

Abertillery (6) 13 Abertysswg Falcons (3) 13

Division 2 East
FIXTURES

December 20 2014


Abertillery

13

23

Abertysswg

Nantyglo

18

11

Abergavenny

Newport HS

P

P

Caerphilly

Pill Harriers

15

10

Croesyceiliog

Talywain

11

13

Pontypool U

Brynmawr

47

5

Tredegar


P

W

D

L

Pts

Pontypool U

9

7

0

2

34

Brynmawr

9

7

0

2

29

Abertysswg

9

6

1

2

29

Abertillery

9

6

1

2

28

Talywain

9

4

0

5

23

Nantyglo

8

5

0

3

23

Pill Harriers

8

4

0

4

18

Abergavenny

8

2

0

6

13

Croesyceiliog

7

2

0

5

12

Caerphilly

7

2

0

5

11

Newport HS

8

2

0

6

10

Tredegar

5

0

0

5

0