03 February 2019 / Club News

19/01/19 Skewen vs Ystalyfera: Match Report

On Saturday the 19th January Skewen welcomed league leaders Ystalyfera to tenant Park.

Skewen got off to the best of starts when within the first minutes of the game an attack out of the Skewen 22 saw the ball moved quickly through the hands. A break by centre Tom Kingdom got behind the FERA defence and a final pass to wing Mathew Billet saw a race to the line for a fine try converted by Anthony Busselli. 7-0

Fera equalled the score when following considerable pressure Skewen pack were deemed to pull down an advancing scrum near the line which resulted in the referee awarding a penalty try. 7-7

Skewen were able to respond with a well taken penalty by outside half Anthony Busselli. 10-7.

25 minutes into the half Skewen were able to extend their lead when a kick out of defence by Flanker Dai Morgan found touch deep in the Fera 22, The subsequent line out led to a Skewen attack and a break by scrum half Rhodri Wells enabled Outside half Anthony Busselli breach the Fera defence before passing to full back Kieron Weightman to cross for the try. 15-7.

In the dying minutes of the half FERA responded with a drop goal and try from an attacking lineout, quick phase play and handling enabling the winger to cross out wide. 15-15

Half time Skewen 15 Ystalyfera 15

Despite a good 1st half Skewen were unable to put in the same performance after half time and spent considerable time defending against a well-structured and aggressive FERA attack. Following considerable pressure FERA chose to take a penalty scrum in the Skewen 22. The possession was phased towards the Skewen line with the Fera Forwards crossing to score a converted try. 15-22

FERA increased the lead further 25 minutes into the second half when a clever corner kick had to be taken into touch deep in the Skewen 22. The attacking lineout was driven over the line for a try 15 -27

FERA put the game to bed in the final minutes with a successful penalty. 15-30

Final Score Skewen 15 Ystalyfera 30

Mark Whitlock 1-0

A well-deserved win by a well drilled and efficient Fera team who played their football in all the right places making few mistakes. Despite a strong first half and some good individual performances it was clear that, with the inability to have consistency in selection, gaps began to appear. Every player gave their all, but with forced selection changes in almost every area of the team the structure fell apart. This season, due to the unavailability of players, we have been unable to have consistent selection from one week to the next, and this has its consequences on the field of play.

Skewen Team


15 Keeron Whiteman

14 Jordan Adderley

13 Tom Kingdom

12 Lloyd Phillips

11 Mathew Billet

 10 Anthony BUSSELLI Sion king

9 Rhodri Wells

8. Aled Mogford

7 Harry Davies   

6 Dai Morgan  

 5 Reece Jenkins  

4 Kevin James

3 Craig Astley Johnny Gethin

2 Lucus Edwards Rhodri Hughes

1 James Reeves Steffan Bond

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