Aberaeron 22 NCE 2nds 13
With little at stake, Aberaeron entertained Newcastle Emlyn 2nds in only the 4th league encounter at Parc Drefach this season. With only 7 clubs in the league the Teify valley side have been included to ensure that all their squad are engaged in regular matches whilst adding to the depleted program that has developed with the demise of Llansawel and Penygroes. To their credit Newcastle Emlyn have developed exceptionally well in recent years and this encounter was indeed a sign of their strength in depth as they gave a thorough examination of Aberaeron's credentials in an entertaining encounter. Unfortunately for the home side they were shorn of a few regulars through injury but this gave the opportunity for several of their newly formed youth contingent the chance to show what the future may hold. The first half belonged to the visitors as they continually subjected the hosts to desperate defence which they did well to repel. Although Aberaeron did take the early glory with a well worked try by Morgan Llewelyn, this was their only success in the first period as the visitors dominated proceedings with tries coming from Llew Mason and Dan Parsons with an added conversion giving an interval 13- 5 lead. The omens were very much the same for the second half but the introduction of several youngsters coupled with the odd old head proved crucial as the tide turned and it was Newcastle Emlyn very much on the backfoot for most of the period. From failing to create any real attacking threat, there was continuous movement and thrust and from looked like a heavy defeat turned to be a welcome success. Reward came early in the period as some quick thinking by Gareth James gave the scrum half his first try for the club whilst his half back partner Rhodri Jenkins showed great opportunism for a touchdown. A conversion by Sion Evans and 5 points from the boot of young Iwan Jones turned the tide and from the depth of despair it was a jubilant home side that finished the game. With the formation of this year's youth team already showing promise the future would look to be in safe hands.