Sandy stars as Machynlleth maintain rise with Welshpool win


Gavin Grosvenor

North Wales

Division Two East

MACHYNLLETH maintained their revival with a 26-19 victory at home to Welshpool on Saturday.

Kameron Simmons-Sandy starred for the hosts who went into the game buoyant following their shock win over Llangollen the previous weekend.

Sandy crossed for a brace of tries while also kicking three conversions in a man of the match winning display while Gerwyn Coleman and Rob Mercer tries completed Machynlleth’s victory.

Ryan Goodwin ensured Pool were always in contention with a hat-trick of tries with two converted by Tom Williams but it was not enough as Machynlleth held out for glory.

Llanidloes boosted their title bid while delivering a hammer blow to Wrexham’s in a 26-7 win at Cae Hafren.

Llanidloes produced a gritty display and built up their lead thanks to an early penalty from Adam Price and try from wing Carwyn Williams before a well worked try from centre Rob Evans.

Price converted and kept the scoreboard ticking over with two further penalties before captain Paul Jehu crossed for a third try.

With Llanidloes searching for a fourth try to seal a bonus point win the North Wales side countered and reduced the arrears with a try from Jamie Weston, converted by Gavin Jones.

Meanwhile Newtown tasted disappointment in a 22-17 defeat at league leaders Shotton Steel.

The hosts stood firm to Town’s early pressure and led when centre John Ketland broke to score the opening try which Steve Ellson converted.

Steel increased their advantage with Ketland crossing a second time before prop Jack Turner went over with Newtown reduced the arrears on half-time with a Gareth Williams penalty.

The second-half belonged to Newtown with Will Whittington finally making the pressure tell with a try eight minutes from time, converted by Williams.

Moments later Tom Andrews went over for a try with Williams’ conversion reducing the deficit to just two points before Steel settled their jangling nerves with a last gasp Ellson penalty.

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