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Match Report
30 January 2024 / Team News

Aber Leave it Late

Abergavenny entertained Pontypool United on Saturday in a must win game for both sides at the bottom of the table. Abergavenny selected Connor Davies, Liam Newton, Matt Charles, James Trumper, Callum Poole, Seren Strong-Wright, Angus Brown, Rhob Connick, Rhys Jones, Ieuan Evans, Rob Lewis, James Lewis, Lloyd Holder, Nathan Williams.

Abergavenny began the game strongly, putting pressure on the Pontypool defense and were rewarded with a penalty to take a 3 – 0 lead. Pontypool then came into the game and scored a well taken try to take a 3 – 7 lead. This score-line remained until half-time despite Abergavenny having the lions share of possession and squandering many scoring opportunities.

Pontypool then went 10 – 3 up at the beginning of the second-half and for the next 20 minutes controlled the game spending the whole of this period in the Abergavenny 22, but solid defense prevented them from scoring any further points. Matt Hancock, Jay Admans and Anthony Squire’s introduction gave the team a boost of energy and this really showed as Pontypool began to tire. With 10 minutes left Nathan Williams broke the Pontypool defense and fed Anthony Squire whose pace enabled him to race over unopposed, converted by Rhys Jones. At 10 points each and the final whistle approaching the home supporters found their voice when Nathan Williams broke loose once again. Although he couldn’t make the line, from the resulting scrum, good forward work enabled Rhob Connick to dive over for the try, converted by Rhys Jones to secure a very welcome victory.


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