ABERYSTWYTH were unable to capitalise on their good work as they slipped to their second league loss of the season in Division One West, with a 21-29 defeat against unbeaten Felinfoel at Plascrug.
Cambrian News reported “The home side had started the game full of intent and took the game to Felinfoel with some effective forward drives, showing good ball retention and patience.
Felinfoel were forced to concede a number of penalties in the early period, and were forced back deep in their 22.
Aber again secured possession and following a series of disciplined drives they forced their way over the line, but unfortunately were unable to ground the ball. They continued to apply pressure and were finally rewarded with a penalty, and Steff Rees converted to take the lead.
Felinfoel responded emphatically and were awarded a penalty on the Aber 10 metre line. Winger James Woods took it quickly, and with the Aber defence having to back off, he waltzed through to score a fine try by the posts, which was successfully converted by Aled Roberts.
They increased their lead shortly after with a penalty by Roberts, before Rees replied with a penalty for a high tackle – an issue which will undoubtedly cause confusion amongst players and spectators, until there is a standard interpretation.
Felinfoel increased their lead when they moved the ball across the backs for winger Woods to score in the corner, aided by some inept defence from the home side.
Steff Rees closed the gap with another penalty, but Aber conceded another soft try when, after a speculative kick, winger Elliot Dawe regained possession and ran through to score a try, converted by Roberts to make the half-time score 9-22.
Aber started the second half full of intent and following a penalty award Carwyn Evans took it quickly and burst through for a determined individual try.
Aber increased the tempo of their game and again took the game to Felinfoel.
The backs then conjured up a lovely try when, following a miss-pass in midfield, full back Mathew Hughes burst through the line and gave an inside pass to Dylan Evans to score under the posts. Steff Rees converted to bring the score back to 21-22.
It was Felinfoel who scored next, however, as Woods completed his hat-trick of tries, which Roberts also converted. This secured a bonus point win for Felinfoel, but Aber failed to gain a losing bonus point following a late penalty miss.
Aber will feel disappointed that they failed to get anything out of the game. In general play they more than held their own, with some strong carries from amongst others Arwel Lloyd, Tom Evans and Bryn Shepherd, but the team were unable to capitalise on their good work.
Man of the match Carwyn Evans carried the ball strongly with determined bursts and thoroughly deserved his award.
Of concern to the Aber coaches will be the occasional lack of ball control when in possession, and the obvious defensive frailties. The next home game for Aber will be against Dunvant on 6 October” here.