Abertillery Blaenau Gwent RFC
Venue;Abertillery Park Fine conditions, slight wind
2:30 pm Match kicks off. Talywaun take the early initiative and are twice held up on the line.
2:33 Penalty goal by the Talywaun full back opens the scoring. ABG nil Talywaun 3
2:36 A pick up and drive forces a penalty which Liam Crandon uses to find a good touch position. Although the line out is won possession is lost in midfield.
2:38 Debutant Sean Gwilliam tackled near the right touchline after good approach work by Jack Woodland.
2:40 A fine touch finder by the covering Gwilliam, across from the right wing.
2:41 Penalty conceded for a high tackle. Talywaun kick to the corner and from the line out are able to drive over the line for an unconverted try. ABG nil Talywaun 8
2:45 An exchange of kicks ends in a line out, which unfortunately is not thrown in straight. The Tillery pack redeems the situation by shoving the visitors off their own put in.
2:53 A smart pick up and pass by prop Anthony Isgrove comes to nought but a penalty for offside sees Liam Crandon reduce the arrears. ABG 3 Talywaun 8
2:56 A long kick by Luke Morgan helps to gain a good position, but the forwards are penalised for going over the top.
2:58 Loose possession from a turnover but a dropped pass allows Talywaun to kick the ball to the Tillery line where moments later the Green and Whites concede a penalty, goaled by the visiting full back ABG 3 Talywaun 11
3:07 A sustained forward effort with lock Rhys Pendrie prominent.
Half time: Abertillery BG 3 Talywaun 11
3:14 Liam Crandon kicks off to start the second half. Despite good pressure at the scrum, Tillery end up scrambling back to clear the ball. Conor Miles puts in an excellent clearance.
3:22 Jack Summers and Lewis Prosser off the bench to replace Pendrie and Matthew Jones. Matthew Catlin moves to his more regular position in the second row.
3:23 Talywaun line out offence. Liam Crandon kicks the resultant goal. ABG 6 Talywaun 11
3:25 Good midfield drive from the Tillery forwards brings a line out in the 22, but ball is cleared.
3:30 With Luke Morgan trapped at a ruck the visitors scrum half spots an unguarded area, kicks over the top and gathers the bounce to run in the second try. Conversion added. ABG 6 Talywaun 18. A very steep hill to climb now!
3:46 Tillery lose shape and the ball to concede a penalty. ABG 6 Talywaun 21
3:50 Liam Crandon helped from the field injured to be replaced by flanker Iestyn James.
3:57 Isgrove spins over the line after a powerful surge from fellow prop Woodland. ABG 11 Talywaun 21
4:03 Conor Miles gets a second consolation try after some elusive running from centre Kurtis Haile, who adds the conversion points.
Full Time score: Abertillery BG 18 Talywaun 21
Man of the Match: Anthony Isgrove, scrummaged well, good in the loose, scored his first try for the Club. Kurtis Haile put in some strong running late in the game and Jack Woodland ensured that the scrummage was a positive throughout the match.
Next week Senghenydd visit The Park for a League match, ko 2:30p.m.
Abertillery BG; Luke Morgan:Shaun Gwilliam,Darren Miles,Kurtis Haile,Ryan Price:Liam Crandon (Iestyn James),Conor Miles; Anthony Isgrove,Jordan Legge,Jack Woodland:Rhys Pendrie(Jack Summers),Mike Thomas;Matthew Catlin,Daniel Crandon,captain,Matthew Jones (Lewis Prosser)