SWALEC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
March 8 2013 Llanharan 17 13 Bargoed
Llanharan struck top form in this Friday night encounter with second placed Bargoed,
winning despite twice being handicapped by yellow cards.
The visitors had lost just once to leaders Ebbw Vale in a successful season and also knocked
premiership team Bridgend out of the Swalec cup to earn a quarter final tie at Neath.
They arrived understandably full of confidence, but we delivered the sort of performance that
our young and talented squad was always capable of.
A rousing team talk by head coach Matthew Lloyd before the kick off set the tone and
skipper Nathan Huish did the rest once the game started, leading his pack in a storming
We won through capitalising on the chances that came our way, our scores protected by an
often heroic and stern defence.
But the first ten minutes of the game belonged to the away side who, after our kick off went
straight into touch, started their strong forward driving play, putting pressure on the
Llanharan line to bring a penalty from Josh Prosser.
However, straight from the restart the home forwards drove down the right-hand side of the
pitch, allowing the ball to be spread wide for wing Rhys Walker to break the Bargoed
defence and give our side the lead.
The game was developing into an exciting end to end affair before Bargoed gained the
initiative towards the end of the half.
They spurned an easy kick at goal and despite some ferocious tackling a series of drives
ended with their No 5 Darren Lynch strolling over in the corner for a well-deserved try.
It was a passage of play which also brought a yellow card for Llanharan’s No, 9 Tom Marley,
and with Bargoed already 8-5 up we were clearly facing poor odds.
A knock on from the restart after half time did not bode well either, but again the away team
ignored kicks at goal as they put pressure on.
Llanharan’s' defence held out though, and the ball was cleared up field from a penalty to ease
Back to full numbers the red shirted home side broke out of defence thanks to a fine run by
wing Harry Davies. The consequent pressure ended with a line out from which prop James
Greenfield charged over for an excellent try converted by Harley Thomson to give Huish’s
men a 12-8 lead
In a stirring contest Llan fell behind again, an unconverted try in the corner for No 15
Andrew McLaughlin pushing his team a point ahead.
Llanharan were undaunted, and began to take the initiative with typically robust play from
the likes of Bill Carey, Justin Benfield and James Locke. Their efforts resulted in a charge
down of a Bargoed kick on the 10-metre line, and after some fine footwork and dribbling
skills wing Harry Davies scored making it 17-13 to Llanharan with 10 minutes to go.
Bargoed tried hard to overturn the lead, their offensive resulting in another yellow card for
Llanharan, back row man Lewis Young this time on the receiving end of Julian’ Smith’s
But despite their best efforts, the determination and team spirit of their opponents kept them
out and we had recorded perhaps our best victory of the campaign
15 LOREN QUICK
14 HARRY DAVIES
13 MORGAN WILLIAMS
12 HARLEY THOMSON
11 RHYS WALKER
10 RYAN EVANS
9 TOM MARLEY
1 JAMES GREENFIELD
2 NATHAN HUISH (C)
3 TOM PIPER
4 BILL CAREY
5 JUSTIN BENFIELD
6 HUW THOMAS
7 LEWIS YOUNG (SCOTT MALONE)
8 JAMES LOCKE
Home tries - Rhys Walker, James Greenfield, Harry Davies. Con - Harley Thomson
Bargoed tries – Darren Lynch, Andrew McLoughlin. Pen – Josh Prosser
Report by Hugh Smith. Photos by Richie Jenkins