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Another away win for Otters

After an excellent away win at Tata Steel, within days Narberth were back on the road enduring a long midweek trip for an evening kick off against Glamorgan Wanderers.

The Otters started well and within the first ten minutes an initial break by full back Nick Gale saw wing Ashley Sutton dive over in the corner for the first try which was converted by Gale (0-7).

Another swift movement of the ball across the Otters back line saw youngster Fraser Jones crash over wide out for the second try again converted by Gale (0-14).

Not to be outdone, Fraser’s older brother Harvey seized on a loose pass from the Wanderers backs and strolled over for a try under the posts converted by Gale (0-21).

When was the last time two brothers playing for the 1st team both scored tries for the Otters in the first half of a league match might be one for club statistician Ken Mathias to resolve!

Despite these early setbacks, Wanderers were continuing to play open, attractive rugby and it was only a well organised and solid Otters defence which was keeping them out. However just before half time they were rewarded for their efforts when their scrum half darted over the line for an unconverted try which brought the score to 5-21 at the break.

Narberth continued to dominate play in the early part of the second half and a half break by wing Sutton saw Gale force his way over in the corner for the fourth try which he duly converted (5-28). Ten minutes later another overlap created by some excellent play by the

Narberth backs saw Ashley Sutton dive over for his second try which Gale converted to stretch the lead to 5-35. At this stage the Otters were beginning to run away with the match and a bursting run through the Wanderers defence saw Gale run in from some 50 metres out but for once he failed with the conversion (5-40).

In fairness to the home team they never gave up and were rewarded with a converted try ten minutes from time which brought the final score to 12-40 in favour of the Otters.

Despite some outstanding defensive work and brave tackling by young hooker Tom Clarke it was decided to give the Man of the Match award to Nick Gale for amassing 20 points during the game in what was his last match for the Otters for whom he has made over 150 league appearances and scored over 1000 points in league matches. A truly outstanding contribution to the Otters success in recent years.

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