Young Seasiders show promise against battling Wasps

The winning Tenby United teamFriday Night Floodlit Friendly Rugby:


Tenby United Development Squad 13 - Llangwm 5


Venue: Heywood Lane

Referee: Ross Grieve

Man of the Match: Max Brindley (Tenby United)


Tenby points scorers Shane Rossiter and Ryan HillTenby United’s Development Squad of young players played their third match of the season under the floodlights at Heyward Lane against Llangwm that was played at pace throughout, with both teams showing commitment and a combative approach that occasionally made it a little more than a ‘friendly’ tussle on a perfect Friday evening for playing and watching the game.

Both sets of forwards threw themselves at each other with some big tackles and there was some decent attacking play as half backs  Dan Thomas and Shane Rossiter (Tenby) and Ian Griffiths and Luke Hayman (Llangwm) were always seeking to spread play wide.

The interval scoreline showed The Seasiders 5-0 in front but that didn’t do justice to the efforts of both sides as Max Brindley was outstanding for Tenby as he always looked likely to create space for others alongside co-centre Mark Hamilton and full back Evan Wilson, with No 15 Carwyn Morgan, Llangwm centres Lewis Murphy and Craig Grice launching attacks and Murphy catching the eye with some powerful kicking.  Wasps’ winger Daniel Morgan also showed his typical commitment on his 33rd birthday as he celebrated with a new pair of boots!

The Seasiders had the bigger share of territory in the first half as their back row of Harry Owen, Rob Tuttle and skipper Nick Drewett ever-ready to charge forward, ably assisted by experienced players Rob Luly, Nicky Guymer and Ryan Jones.

Peas in a pod - Llangwm uncle and nephew - Scott Gregory and Ieuan PowerThey went close in the top corner on several occasions but over-eagerness and solid Wasps’ defence kept them at bay until Ryan Hill finally broke the deadlock after good work by Thomas, Owen and Brindley saw the winger squeeze in at the corner for an unconverted try.

At the other end Llangwm enjoyed a period of pressure where they were denied a try by inches as James Lewis, Ieuan Power, skipper Gethin Thomas and Ian Griffiths were involved before the ball was quickly spread right by Hayman, only for winger Joe Lewin to just miss out in the corner.

Both teams made changes galore in the second half, which was just as competitive nonetheless, and The Wasps used the breeze to good effect as a giant clearance from Murphy was followed up by Lewin, who has switched from football this season and looks a useful Llangwm acquisition.

He caught the last line of Tenby defence through sheer persistence and found support from Craig Grice, who did well to slip a scoring pass for Lewin to do well in diving over in the corner.

But straight from the kick off Llangwm made a sloppy error in their own 22 and home No 10 Shane Rossiter to pick up the loose ball and speed 15 metres to the line.

Rossiter shanked his conversion attempt wide but made amends with a well-struck penalty after The Wasps were caught offside in their own 22.

Lineout action at Heywood LaneBoth sides had other half chances but were unable to take them and so Tenby eased home by 13-5 to continue their development programme, whilst Llangwm played their part in an entertaining match and it was great to see both squads with players aplenty.

Tenby United: Evan Wilson: Ryan Hill; Mark Hamilton; Max Brindley; Connor Ennis: Shane Rossiter; Dan Thomas: Ryan Jones; Nick Guymer; Rob Luly: Richard Jones; Blue Parsley: Nick Drewett (Capt); Robbie Tuttle; Harry Owen. Replacements: Griff Martin; Ellis Morgan; Loz Britz; Andrew Walters; Jimmy Davies; Peter Lewis; Nathan Owen; Jack Burns; Justin Richards.

Llangwm:  Carwyn Morgan: Dan Morgan; Louis Murphy; Craig Grice; Joe Lewin: Luke Hayman; Ian Griffiths: Ieuan Power; Gethin Thomas (Capt); Dan Murphy: Dave Reynolds; Sion Ace: James Lewis; Ashley James; Josh Hicks. Replacements: Alex Swales; Gavin Jones; Dan Ridge; Dan Chesmer; Scott Gregory.


The winning Tenby United team

Tenby points scorers Shane Rossiter and Ryan Hill

Peas in a pod - Llangwm uncle and nephew - Scott Gregory and Ieuan Power

Lineout action at Heywood Lane