Monday, April 28, 2008

Llanelli Warriors 29 Carmarthenshire county Council 25 (Match 145)

Match programme (above) and publicity poster for match

The Warriors edged another entertaining game at Stradey Park against a Carmarthenshire County Council XV. The Warriors efficent organisation meant that the kit was unwashed and stuck in Swansea with a couple of key players with CCC borrowing the spare. Luckily as combination of Chrisp getting some jerseys and various people digging out their own Welsh/Scarlets/Amman Utd jerseys meant the Warriors at least looked more or less like a team. Unfortuantley actually getting a team together was even more of a challenge with resources so stretched that Gwilym took on the no 10 jersey. Mind you he got so carries away with his 40m clearance kick that he had to be reminded that he should be in the pack when Dean Roberts arrivied. Thankfull a few old favorites managed to drag themselves along for this game with James Fotos, Lee Barber, Mike James and both Carpenter twins turning up.

The win was achived through a top team performance with Josh Crowther, Jon Kerr, Simon Jenkins, Liam Carpenter, David Carpenter, Chris Spriggs and Alun Stephens all having impressive matches (I think Al might have been refused a rebate on his council tax). John Horwood ruled the line out and allowed Jason Jenkins, Jason Bennet, Gwilym Lewis and Lee Barber to work their trickery at the front.

A decent crowd turned up to watch including various cowgirls which seemed to impress some of the Warrior team and hopefully helped raise some decent cash for Children in Need. Thanks to the Cambrian for putting on food afterwards.

There are some photos here but there were much more taken at the game so if anyone has any please send them to and they might be added on.

Lee Baabaa's break down the wing at the end of the game for the match winning try

Warrior Hands on Hips XV #1 in a series

Some intense 'male bonding'

Warriors hands on hips XV #2: Tony lets the side down with a slip off his shorts

Hands on Hips XV #3: This time Dai Carpenter lets the team down: Concentrate mun!!

Chris Cripsy Claw Spriggs uses his head

Killer tries to work his remote controls on the ball

Exciting match?

Warriors try the wedding bouquet pass - throw it in the general direction and someone will catch it

another foto of Lee Blackseep's break (this time in the proper place)

Lee Barbara seals the win for the Warriors

Tarw lines up the kick

Rich Hapus ponders as the kick goes wide (probaly)

Warriors hands on hips #4 Darren & Jumpin' keep up the good work even while ball in in play

Bloc on the bosh

Fotos breaks through the middle

Lee manages to outpace the rest of the team by breaking into a quick stride

Carpenter seeks confirmation on which way to run

That's better - facing the right way

Liam and Darren (steady girls)

Killer & Bloc (Best side)

Simon finally almost tackles someone

Hapus tries to claim raffle win

Jas looks lost without his 'guns'

Josh just looks lost


Another tackle???

Bloc gets his apologies in early

Jas - thats more like it

Capatin Whittaker

I know the Cam looks rough but theres no need to tool up

Guess where the food is!

Killer wasn't put off by the landladies dandruff

Council boys obviously just relived to have survived against the mighty Warriors

Lovers tiff?

Keeley shuns the press

Match Report

For the second match running the Warriors extra accuracy at the posts proved the difference and earned them victory. This latest win over the Council side at Stradey Park saw them edge a 10 try thriller that could have gone either way.
The Warriors notorious slow start hampered the side again and the Council team camped in their 22 and despite a couple of reliving kicks from fly half Gwilym Lewis and some excellent defence all round the score was inevitable. The ball had been swung across the pitch several times as the visitors showed good skills and eventually the Warriors ran out of numbers for centre Craig Evans to break through. The pressure on the Warriors continued but the odd pass and some last ditch defence from the likes of Jon Kerr frustrated the Council side.
The Warriors eventually managed to work their way down field and after Jason Bennett and James Davies had gone close Tony Whittaker seized the initiative to cross for a captain’s try which Kerr improved.
The counter punches continued with both sides attacking at every opportunity. The Council’s most potent attacking weapon, full back Kevin Jones made one try before crossing himself while Warriors scrum half Lee Barber’s combative style earned him a try which Simon Jenkins converted.
A point behind at the half the Warriors were helped by the introduction of Dean Roberts at fly half, allowing Lewis to return to the pack and the introduction of Liam carpenter on the wing. Both scored fine tries with Carpenter’s perhaps the pick of the day. Some strong up front defending helped the Warriors cause with Joshua Crowther having his best game in red and Richard Evans throwing his weight about. The Council side though had a nice mix of bulk and pace and unlike in the 1st half became quite clinical once they did breach the line. Chris Moore and Daniel Rogers both showed their pace to get neat touchdown while Ceri Davies and Chris Moore helped open up the gaps. Council scrum half Daniel Rodgers looked to have put the game into the Council’s hands but a neatly worked move initiated by hooker Jason Jenkins saw Barber claim his second try and sealed victory for the Warriors who now look forward to meeting the Market Traiders on bank Holiday Sunday.
Warriors XV: Tony Whittaker (Cpt), David Carpenter (Liam Carpenter), James Davies, Alun Stephens, Joshua Crowther, Gwilym Lewis (Dean Roberts), Lee Barber, Jason Bennett, Jason Jenkins, Richard Evans (Darren Pollitt), John Horwood, Jon Kerr, Mike James, Simon Jenkins, Chris Spriggs.
CCC XV: Kevin Jones, Andrew Francis, Nathan Beynon, Craig Evans, Richard Wheeler, Simon Davies, Daniel Rodgers, Chris Omy, Chris Lloyd, Mathew Williams (Luke Collins), Gavin Lock, Christopher Moore, Ian Collins, Ceri Davies, Brian Buffton
above team was amended in the cold light of day to:
1. Chris Omy 2. Chris Lloyd 3. Mathew Williams 4. Neal 5. Chris Moore 6. Ian Collins 7. Brian Bufton 8. Ceri Davies 9. Daniel Rodgers 10. Simon Davies 11. Richard Wheeler 12. Craig Evans 13. Nathan Beynon 14. Andrew Francis 15. Kevin Jones 16. Luke Colling

Lee Barber actually scored a hatrick of tries and only had a small pout about this when he read the report.

Next fixture:
Date TBA: Cambrian followed by presentation evening.

Preview of fixture against Carmarthenshire County Council. (Cliciwch)