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Match Report
20 October 2017 / Team News

Dowlais Vs Abertillery 23/09/2017 Match Report

Score: Dowlais: 18 Abertillery: 22

Close but no cigar for Dowlais this week as their hopes for their first win of the season are dashed once again away at Abertillery by a 22-18 defeat. Once again a slow, testing start didn't prove to be much of a hindrance at first. With a 9-0 lead to the home team, Sam Davies burst through the Abertillery defence, instigating an impressive try with the help of James Woods and the try-scorer, Nathan Pritchard. Even without a conversion for an extra two points, only losing by four points was a better situation than the Dowlais team and supporters were used to after their three previous failures.

After another penalty conceded the first half ended with a glimmer of hope. Then came another penalty, inching the growing score gap further and further away. After numerous trips up into the Abertillery 22, the score gap remained stagnant before a converted try sent the number separating them to the equal of two converted tries Dowlais would need to close it.

Despite Abertillery botching numerous, seemingly gift-wrapped tries, Dowlais' task of catching up with their opponents wasn't made any easier. A penalty from kicker Steve James made a dent, but by the time Kristian Owen had earned Dowlais another try, this time converted by Steve James, time had beaten them before another blow could be dealt.

With their persisting penalty problem having given Abertillery fifteen points and their many attempts to cross that ever elusive try-line ending in failure, Dowlais' expanding list of shortcomings looms over their 2017-2018 season with nothing but two losing bonus points to show for it.

Dowlais scored one converted try (scored by Kristian Owen, converted by Steve James), one

non-converted try (scored by Nathan Pritchard) and two penalties (each kicked by Steve James) while Abertillery kicked five penalty kicks and scored one converted try.

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