ABERAVON Green Stars put in a gritty performance in this Division 3 South West game at Little Warren against a much-fancied Mumbles XV who have only lost one league game this season.
The lead changed hands four times in the first half, with the visitors notching up an early try through number 8 Tudor Hughes. Green Stars centre Christian Roberts struck back with two penalties before crossing for an unconverted try.
Mumbles flanker Thomas Littlehales dabbed down soon afterwards, and the conversion by centre Greg Davies regained them the lead.
This was reversed within minutes, with a third penalty for Stars’ Christian Roberts. Just before half time the visitors’ scrum half, Andrew Evans, touched down and Greg Davies’ conversion gave them a 14-19 interval lead.
Mumbles went further ahead soon after the restart with a penalty by Greg Davies and a second try Andrew Evans, converted by Davies. The Green Stars then got their only second half score – a fourth penalty by Christian Roberts.
They were still in contention until the final quarter when Mumbles showed their league form with tries by wingers Mathew Flynn and Tom Longdon, and a second try by Thomas Littlehales. All three tries were converted by Greg Davies.
The next league game for Aberavon Green Stars will be away to Brynamman on Saturday, December 8.
Aberavon Green Stars Youth 27, Aberavon Harlequins Youth 5
Also playing home at Little Warren, Aberavon Green Stars’ Youth XV hosted local rivals Aberavon Harlequins.
The Green Stars youngsters led 15-0 at half time, following two tries by captain for the day Keirion Mattocks, playing at number eight, and flanker Chris Williams. Quins winger Calvin Wellington scored their only points with a try soon after the restart, but Green Stars capped a solid performance with two more tries by centre Dominic Carroll and winger Jed Evans. Keirion Mattocks added one conversion
This deserved win puts them in good heart for the second round of the Welsh Youth Cup competition against Landeilo Youth at Little Warren on Friday evening (November 23).