PLAYING their first league game in Division 3 South West since November 17, a rusty Aberavon Green Stars put in a reasonable performance at Little Warren against a well drilled Maesteg Celtic.
The first half hour entailed a kicking duel with both teams slotting over two penalties – outside half Luke Richards doing the honours for the Llynfi Valley visitors and Green Stars’ number eight Keirion Mattocks and full back Christopher Roberts kicking one each.
Luke Richards then put over his third penalty just before Celtic’s prop Damian Phillips touched down for their first try. This was converted by Richards to take them into the second half with a 6-16 lead.
The home team’s only other score came soon after the restart when Keirion Mattocks added another penalty. This was countered by penalty number four by Luke Richards. In the final quarter Maesteg Celtic scored two more tries courtesy of winger Neil Sainsbury and hooker Ryan Jones, converted by Richards just before the final whistle.
On Saturday Aberavon Green Stars have an even tougher assignment when they play away to league leaders Trebanos
There was better news for the Green Stars from Little Warren field number two where their successful youth XV ran in eight tries to beat Waunarlwydd Youth 56-16 in a league game.
Two tries each were scored by both their centres Jed Evans and Owen Howe with a try apiece by winger Alwyn Williams, full back Lloyd Richards and back row forwards Carl Leyshon and Chris Williams. Owen howe was on target with all eight conversions.
Team manager Mike Dyer congratulated three 16-year-olds who played their first game for the youth team – Mathew Morgan, Charlie Purchase and Niall Hamilton.