MACHYNLLETH prevailed 32-24 winners in a thrilling North Wales League Three East derby at Cae Glas.
The rivals met at the Recreation Ground just last month when Town prevailed convincing winners but the tables were turned as Machynlleth stormed to glory.
Mach were denied an early try when No8 Will Taylor’s effort was ruled out for a double movement.
However the hosts soon led with a penalty from scrum-half Iwan Jones who also converted after fly-half Steffan Price went over for the game’s opening try.
However Newtown stormed back to lead at the break with two converted tries as their imposing forward pack made its presence felt with two tries from Twm Jones, both converted by Gaz Williams.
Newtown extended their lead after the break with Williams crossing for an unconverted try but rather than deflate the score proved to galvanise the hosts.
Second row Richard Rees reduced the arrears with a try before Price surged forward from his own half to cross for his second try of the day with both converted by Jones.
Price also set-up Machynlleth’s final try with his kick releasing Carwyn Williams to race through and gather for a try with Jones converting.
Newtown had the final say with a try from Glenn Lloyd and dominated the final stages but Machynlleth held firm to celebrate a hard-fought derby win.
Meanwhile Welshpool enjoyed their most comfortable weekend of the season in a 42-3 victory at third division whipping boys Rhos.
No8 Ryan Goodwin starred with four tries with Joe Stranks, Dylan Walton and Paul Davies also celebrating tries with full-back Tom Williams adding two conversions and a penalty.
Elsewhere Llanidloes’ second division clash at Llangefni was postponed.
n COBRA overcame Welshpool 32-19 in division two of the North Wales Youth League.
Harry Matthews led COBRA to victory with a brace of tries with Rhys Price, Deiniol Jones and Alex Jones also crossing for tries with Jac Roberts adding two conversions and penalties.
Pool produced a much improved second-half display with tries from Harry Davies, Huw Williams and Kieran Goodwin, along with two conversions from captain Dan Earle, reducing the arrears but failed to prevent COBRA claiming a deserved derby win.
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