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National Youth Bowl: Llangwm go through with win over Carmarthen Athletic

LLANGWM youth held off Carmarthen Athletic on Saturday (Oct 29) to book their place in the next round of the National Youth Bowl.

The young Wasps played their first round match two weeks ago, earning a 24-5 win over Waunarlywydd to set up Saturday’s clash with the Athletic.

A good crowd gathered at Pill Parks and they saw the home side take an early lead courtesy of a penalty from Fletcher Picton.

Llangwm then extended their lead as Iwan Hawkridge-Jones touched down for the first try of the game but the conversion was missed.

Carmarthen hit back though and they soon had their first try through Dafydd Ebbsworth. Harry Connick then added the extras to bring the score to 8-7.

It remained that way until half with both teams still confident of making it through to the next round.

It was Llangwm who got the first score of the second half, Arwyn O’Loughlin scoring his side’s second try of the game. Iwan Davies then added the conversion to make it 15-7 to the home side.

The visitors began looking for a way back into the game and a yellow card gave them a chance to move upfield. However, after kicking to touch, Llangwm won the resulting lineout and were able to clear the ball upfield.

Llangwm suffered two more yellow cards towards the end and it was after the second of these that Carmarthen scored their second try, Joe Bennet touching down before Connick added the extras to make it 15-14.

With time running out Llangwm were awarded a penalty. Fletcher Picton held his nerve to send the penalty through the posts.

That proved to be the last kick of the game as it sealed an 18-14 win for the hosts.