MILFORD Haven earned the bragging rights in the Pembrokeshire derby on Saturday (Jan 21) as they beat Tenby United with the last kick of the game.
Tenby had beaten Milford 16-0 in the reverse fixture in November and the Mariners were looking for revenge.
However, an early yellow card for collapsing a maul put them on the back foot but they were able to win possession back and kick the ball down field.
It wasn’t long though before Tenby did get the first score of the game as the ball was played out to the right for Max Brindley who ran over before touching down near the posts. Brindley then added the extras for a 7-0 lead.
Milford looked to respond but after a scrum in the middle of the half, a knock on gave possession back to the visitors.
Shortly before the break Milford got themselves back in the game with an uncoverted try from Jimmy Buirds.
It left the score at 5-7 at the break and it was still all to play for in the second half.
Milford went ahead in the second half with a penalty from James Williams. Tenby hit back though as Harry Rossiter landed a penalty to put his side back in the lead at 8-10.
Williams kicked a second penalty but Rossiter then did likewise to take the score to 11-13.
Milford then took the lead again thanks to another Williams penalty and he then extended it to 17-13 with his fourth penalty.
Tenby attacked again and this time they were able to get the try with Luke Hartland touching the ball down. The conversion was missed and it meant they were just a point ahead going into the closing stages.
It looked as if they might hold on but Milford were awarded a late penalty. Williams held his nerve to make it five from five and to give Milford just their second win of the season.
It will be a big boost to Milford who visit bottom of the table Pontyberem next Saturday, January 28.
Tenby remain in fourth place after picking up a losing bonus point for their efforts but they will look to get back to winning ways when they host Fishguard next Saturday.