Welshpool broken by steel of leaders


Gavin Grosvenor

North Wales Division Two East

WELSHPOOL endured a day to forget in a comprehensive 46-10 defeat at home to division two east leaders Shotton Steel.

Steel led inside the opening minute with centre Dan Lynskey punishing the hosts with full-back Steve Ellson converting.

Despite the early set-back the hosts enjoyed a good 20 minute spell before Steel doubled their lead with a try from Dan Crossley before quick footwork from stand off Matt Condron allowed him to add a third.

Lynskey put the game to bed before half-time with his second try of the day.

Steel began the second-half just as dominant with a penalty from Ellson followed by a well taken try from Jon Ketland before Pool reduced the arrears with a try from Ryan Goodwin, converted by Tom Williams who also added a penalty.

However Steel had the final say with No8 Huw Sargeant barging through the home defence to secure a bonus point.

Llanidloes lead the challenge after a 53-3 thrashing of an outclassed Llangollen at Cae Hafren in another league match which counted as a double header.

Wing Carwyn Williams crossed for the opening try to give Llanidloes a dream start with Adam Price converting and kicking two penalties before the visitors replied with a Iestyn Hughes penalty.

Llanidloes started to dominate in the loose with further tries from Dick Jones, Rob Jones and a penalty try added to by a solo try from captain Paul Jehu extending their interval lead to 39-6 after Hughes kicked a second penalty for the visitors.

Replacement scrum half Rob Cooper and No8 Rob Jones rounded of the victory with second-half tries while fly-half Price ended the day with 24 points from the boot.

Meanwhile Newtown’s season hangs on a precipice following their 29-28 defeat at Wrexham which left their hopes of qualifying for the end of season promotion championship in the balance.

The hosts hit the ground running with two early tries from Jack Radcliffe with James Price adding one conversion and a penalty.

Newtown were back in the game on 20 minutes when a 22 metre ruck led to prop Ashley Pagett crossing for a try which second row Gareth Williams converted.

Newtown completed their fightback before the break when wing Will Worthington carved open the home defence before releasing centre John Thurston to score with Williams converting.

Newtown opened the second-half poorly with Wrexham capitalising with tries from Josh Francis and Nathan Jones both converted by Price.

Newtown threw everything into attack and with 20 minutes remaining a clever chip from outside half Rowan Swanson saw Whittington gather to race over for a try, converted by Williams.

Williams crashed a 30 metre penalty against the post as Newtown ramped up the pressure which yielded in flanker Nathan Owen barging over from a five metre line out for Williams to convert.

Newtown dominated the closing stages but Wrexham held out to claim victory with the Mid Wales side consoling themselves with two bonus points.

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