CARDIGAN maintained their promotion push in Division Three West A with a six-try assault on visitors Laugharne, but if they are to secure that one promotion slot they will have to do it the hard way by beating title rivals Milford and leaders Haverfordwest before the season ends.

The Cardis produced their best performance for a very long time against a Laugharne outfit that were much better than this scoreline suggests, and there is a growing optimism amongst the Gollop Stand faithful that their side can finish the season with four straight wins to take them up into division two for next season.

The hosts started with some high tempo rugby and crossed for an early score when impressive outside half Iestyn Crompton finished off a smart move to touch down wide out, and he then also slotted over a splendid conversion from the touchline.

A second try followed soon after when powerful lock Tristan Lewis barged his way over from a rolling maul, and Crompton again obliged with another touchline conversion to take his team 14-0 ahead.

Cardigan dominated much of the play and tore through the visiting defence, with experienced forwards in the shape of number eight Colin Davies and flanker Dylan Davies to the fore. The former was instrumental in creating the third try just before half time when the number eight combined with Lewis to put winger Rhydian Jenkins in for a well worked try.

The hosts pulled further away just a few minutes into the second half when they were awarded a penalty try, after the hosts were forced to pull the scrum down.

It earned them the all-important bonus point, awarded for scoring four tries, and the try was again converted by Crompton.

Laugharne kept plugging away and were rewarded for their persistence as prop Dorian Harries crossed for a try, converted by Tom Jameson to make it 26-7.

The home tally was increased on the hour when Crompton fed replacement winger Gruff Lewis, who broke clear and unselfishly passed to centre Emyr Harries, who sped over unopposed to score.

The best try of the game was left until last, however, as full back Alun Jenkins rounded off a superb team move to race in for the sixth try, and this was converted by replacement outside half Llyr Tobias.

It was the visitors though who had the final word when hooker Tom Waters ran in for a second try of the game for the visitors, to complete the scoring at 38-12.

Cardigan now need to beat Llangwm, St Davids, Milford and then Haverfordwest to secure promotion, but it will take a huge effort to deny the top two, especially as they play them away from home.