Soaring Seagulls stun league leaders

By County Echo Reporter in Rugby

FISHGUARD and Goodwick produced the kind of committed effort demanded by coaches Huw Evans and Gareth Thomas as they claimed a well-deserved 13-5 win against Division Two West leaders Pontarddulais, writes Bill Carne.

The Seagulls are traditionally slow starters at home, but they played well from the outset with some real graft from a tight five of Ryan McVeigh, skipper Gavin Walsh, Andrew Morrillo, Luke Freebury, who usually plays in the back row but played well as second row partner to talented youngster Jac Evans.

Their efforts allowed Chris Shousha, Sion Colella and Simon James to pouch possession at the breakdown - and they deservedly took the lead when Freebury initiated a move in his own 22, which was maintained by supporting full back Ed Bendall, before winger James Reynolds finished off the move in style.

Bendall added a second try, after more good work by the Seagulls’ eight, and although Kial Keane missed both difficult conversions he added a penalty.

The Bont No 8 Aled Thomas reduced the deficit with an unconverted try, but they were reduced to 14 when Jamie Davies was sent off for violent conduct.

The second half was equally hard fought as both teams created half chances, but for the home side there was some resolute defence well-organised by Andrew Williams and Keane, supported by Ben John and Mike Jenkins through the middle, in addition to James Conlan, Reynolds and Bendall wider out.

Gwilym Evans and Mark George used their experience when they joined the fray and in the final analysis the Seagulls’ coaches could be very pleased with this all-round performance.

With seven wins and seven defeats in the league this season, Fishguard and Goodwick will be looking to maintain winning ways on Saturday when they travel to play a Llanybydder side that is currently second-from-bottom with just four wins from their 13 league matches.

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