Builth Wells were left to ponder on what might have been, after they endured last minute heartache against Brynamman in round one of the Swalec National Plate.
The Bulls enjoyed a good run to the third round of the competition last year, knocking out Gilfach Goch and Nantyglo on the way, but there will be no repeat this time around despite a battling effort against fellow Division Two West Central side Brynammon, with a penalty in the dying embers of the game setting the tie 21-23 to the visitors at The Groe.
The home side led at the break with a terrific display of quick passing and strong set piece work, early tries coming through Gethin Lewis, Henry Leech and impressive scum-half Harry Jenkinson who also added six points with the boot to put Builth in the driving seat at 21-15 going in to the interval.
The second half was a different story however, Brynamman emerging from the break with renewed determination and penning the home side inside their own half for long spells.
But for all the visitors’ second half pressure, it took until the final moments of the game for Brynamman to edge ahead, player-coach Chris Moore keeping the coolest of heads to kick over the winning points and send Brynamman through to a second round clash with Cwmgors.
Builth: Luxton, Pugh, Parry, Evans, D Davies, Bowen, Samuel, Brown, Jenkinson, G Jones, Leech, Boore, T Davies, Phillips, Lewis. Bench: Lloyd, N Jones, R Jones, Beehan, Jarmen, R Davies, Baggot
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