Seagulls win well to achieve fifth place


National League Division Two (West):


Fishguard & Goodwick 41- Amman United 7

Jake Jenkins - two tries for Fishguard No 10Fishguard & Goodwick finished their season in style as they comfortably beat bottom-placed Amman United to pick up the five points that puts them in a creditable fifth place in a strong section, running in five tries to their luckless opponents’ one.
This tenth win of a long season saw them with 55 points and such a high finish was no mean feat when considering the fact that they have played with one of the youngest squads that The Seagulls have ever had on a regular basis.

Coach Nathan gives youth a chance

Coach Nathan Jenkins deserves every credit for his philosophy of giving youth a chance because well over half his squad are 21 or under and he and assistants Huw Evans, John Bonner and Romeo Colella (who doubles up as first-aid man) have seen the players respond with a growing maturity and willingness to work hard in the club’s cause.
They were already 29-0 ahead at half time and although their second-half performance wasn’t so impressive they stayed in charge as skipper Sion Colella was again their man of the match as he led by example and showed what a good reader of the game he has become in the unavoidable absence throughout of former captain Chris Shousha, who hopes to return to action next season.

Seagulls secure by half time

Sion Colella - led Seagulls by example and also scored two triesIt was Colella who put The Seagulls in front after an Amman error in midfield allowed him to pick up quickly and scythe his way to the posts for influential outside half to add the extra points – and another Amman mistake allowed a second score when quick hands from Max Jones, Shane Rossiter and Dan Cleary saw Dylan Scott cross for an unconverted try.
The third try stemmed from a cracking Cleary break which was continued by Rossiter, who supplied No 10 Jenkins with the scoring pass.
And it was Jenkins who secured the bonus point for four tries as he used good ball won by his pack to score a try which he also converted before the ever-alert Colella grabbed his second try to end the first-half scoring.
Perhaps they inadvertently took their feet off the gas at the start of the second half when Amman flanker Rhydian Jones crossed for a try, converted by Mark Cadell – but The Seagulls maintained control as pacy winger Rhys Evans sped through for an unconverted try and then hooker Liam Wilkes picked up a loose ball and drove over for a deserved try as reward for a terrific season in the hooker’s role, converted by Jenkins.

And finally . . .

Going back to the club’s young team it has been amazing to see the way that young forwards in particular, like Jac and Will Delaney, Rhys Lewis, Cai Llewellyn,  Brun Thomas, Osian Rowe and Iwan McVeigh and Liam Wilkes have adapted to the rigours of Division Two, with quality veterans like Gavin Walsh, Simon James, Ryan McVeigh and Ben John adding using their experience.
It’s the same story behind the scrum as Max Jones, Dylan Scott, Dan Cleary, Creegan Foot and Rhys Evans have done so well alongside skipper James Griffiths; Jake Jenkins, Kial Keane and a few other old hands who step in to help out from time to time – and if they can retain the services of all these youngsters ten the future of Fishguard & Goodwick RFC is in good hands indeed!
Fishguard & Goodwick: Kial Keane: Rhys Evans; Shane Rossiter; Dan Cleary; Dylan Scott: Jake Jenkins; Max Jones: Will Delaney; Liam Wilkes; Iwan McVeigh: Osian Rose; Cai Llewellyn: Bryn Thomas; Sion Colella (Capt); Rhys Lewis. Replacements: Ryan McVeigh; Simon James; Will Lewis; Gavin Walsh; Creegan Foot; Dan Evans.