HENDY kicked their 2019 off to a perfect start as they thumped Tenby United 28-66 at Heywood Lane on Saturday (Jan 5).
The win is their third in a row and sees them stay fourth in League 1 West with just four points separating them from second placed Llangennech.
On the other hand, despite taking the lead early on, Tenby succumbed to their eleventh defeat of the season and remain bottom of the table.
With only a minute on the clock Tenby were on the attack and when the ball broke loose, Jack Parkinson kicked the ball before catching and going on to touch down. Lloyd Thomas then added the extras for a 7-0 lead.
However, Hendy were soon level as a Tenby knocked the ball on giving Hendy the chance to kick to touch. From the resulting lineout a maul was set up and Hendy pushed themselves over with Iwan Mayze credited with the try. Rhydian Morris kicked the conversion to level the scores.
Three minutes later the visitors were in the lead as Ifan Beynon took a quick tap penalty in his own 22 before sprinting the rest of the field to score the try. Morris then added the simple extras.
They soon had their third try as Beynon picked the ball up from a maul and faked a pass to create a gap which he sped through to score his second try of the game. Morris then added the extras from out wide and Hendy led 7-21.
Tenby looked to get themselves back in the game but a knock on saw their attack come to an end. Hendy kicked to touch but the home side won the resulting line out and attacked again only for a forward kick to go into touch.
The visitors went in search of their fourth try and they thought they had it but the referee called play back for a forward pass.
They weren’t to be denied their bonus point, however, as with 25 minutes gone, another maul was set up and this time Aled Thomas was credited with the try. Morris added the extras.
Hendy continued to pile the pressure on and after another Tenby foul they kicked to touch 5 metres out. Morris stepped up but his conversion went just over the post and the score stayed at 7-33.
On the half hour mark Tenby responded as Jack Broadhurst scored a try under the posts which Lloyd converted with ease.
Another knock on by Tenby gave Hendy the chance to come forward again with Thomas making a good run before he was held up.
Five minutes before half time Hendy scored sixth try as Tom Havard broke into the try zone before running on to touch down under the post to give Morris another simple conversion.
There was still time for a seventh try as Hendy passed the ball out to the right and Dyfan Williams finished off an excellent move. Morris added the extras again and Hendy led 14-47 when the half time whistle went.
Whatever was said to the Tenby team at half time seemed to work as they started the second half like they had the first. After a high tackle from Hendy, the home side took a quick tap penalty and after another Hendy foul they had a penalty which they kicked to touch.
From the lineout Tenby pushed their way over with Moritz Neuman touching the ball down. Lloyd then added the extras to bring Tenby back into it at 21-47.
Hendy were then penalised for holding on in their own half and Tenby were given a scrum. Tenby came forward but were then also penalised for holding on and the chance was gone.
They were made to pay for that as Havard scored his second try of the game. This time Morris sent the conversion wide.
Hendy were keen to add more points and after a series of infringements at the scrum by Tenby the referee marched under the posts to award a penalty try and give the visitors a 21-59 lead.
Tenby looked to respond again but a knock on by Parkinson gave possession back to the visitors.
With just under fifteen minutes to go Hendy scored their tenth try as Beynon kicked the ball forward and Jake Newman ran on to touch the ball down before Morris added the extras.
The home side did earn a bonus point for their fourth try late on from one of the best moves of the game. Lloyd spotted a gap which he ran into before passing to Parkinson who in turn found Jack Tucker who touched down under the posts. Lloyd then added the extras to make it 28-66.
Tenby face another tough trip on Saturday (Jan 12) as they go to third placed Gowerton knowing they need to start picking up some victories.
Hendy will look for their fourth straight win on Saturday as they host Whitland who are also looking for points to secure their League 1 West place.