Derby day glory savoured by Town


Gavin Grosvenor

North Wales Division Two East

NEWTOWN secured the derby spoils with a clinical second-half display as they ran out 29-7 winners at home to Welshpool.

A heavy pitch ensured a slow pace to the contest and the first-half was a tight affair with the visitors forcing the breakthrough when No8 Ryan Goodwin crossed for a try, converted by full-back Tom Williams.

Newtown reduced the arrears with a penalty from inside centre Gareth Williams before their ambition was rewarded with a try from flanker Tom Pelling, converted by Williams, on half-time.

It was all one way traffic after the break with tries from prop Twm Jones and No8 Jac Benyon-Thomas, both converted by Williams, before the bonus point was secured right at the death as wing Will Whittington crossed for a try.

Meanwhile Machynlleth's mid season revival continued with a 23-12 home win over Wrexham seeing them climb to second in the table.

Tries from Ryan Blockley, James Owen and Ifor Evans with one conversion and two penalties from Iwan Jones ensured victory in a mudbath at Cae Glas

However victory came at a cost for Mach with influential player coach Gerwyn Coleman sustaining an injury which looks set to rule him out for the season.

“We had a full compliment of subs for the first time since the start of the season,” said Coleman. “Our defence has been absolutely amazing the last few weeks and that's what is winning us games.”

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