With only bragging rights at stake, this was a rather disappointing Admiral National League 3 West A outing with Aberaeron running out narrow 7-5 winners against visitors Neyland
Aberaeron had won the earlier encounter with a last-gasp try and a double would mean maintaining their position in the league table.
Neyland however are always up for the battle, and this resulted in a battle of attrition, which never really got the crowd excited.
Things had however looked promising in the opening quarter with opportunities for both teams. Aberaeron started the strongest and a series of rolling mauls took possession to the visitors line, and sniping scrum half Steffan Jones crossed the whitewash for his third try of the campaign. The conversion was added by Rhodri Thomas and this proved to be crucial come the final whistle.
With both sides guilty of passing up opportunities Neyland reduced the deficit with close range try wide out by Luke Griffiths Dawes with the conversion attempt narrowly wide.
Aberaeron’s front eight once again were dominant, with prop Alex Danton leading the charge, but despite gaining several scoring positions a lack of control and direction failed to capitalise with points on the board.
As it was Neyland were always in the game but they also failed to create real openings, with the home defence with flanker and man of the match Osian Davies and his fellow forwards comfortably defying any Neyland forays.
The closing quarter was played mainly in the opposition’s patch but as was typical of the afternoon, a combination of mishandling and indiscretion failed to bother the scoreboard.