James Thatcher outpacing the Cross keys defence to score the opening try.
Photograher: Alyn Humphreys
Glamorgan Wanderers 20
Cross Keys 21
The Wanderers came down to earth with a bump in the second game of the season as the visitors Cross Keys thoroughly deserved their win. Under cloudy skies Cross Keys were first out of the blocks having plenty of the early possession. Leon Andrews converted an early penalty chance to grab the lead but the Wanderers hit back almost immediately on their first visit to the Keys 22. A drive following a lineout allowed the backs to run at the defence and James Thatcher crossed for a try. Charlie Johnson converted. Keys continued to have the majority of the play as the Wanderers mad basic errors far too often. A bout of keys pressure resulted in Marcus Johnstone being fed the ball after it went loose to cross for an easy try. Andrews converted. Soon afterwards the visitors increased their lead as Tom Lampard ran in a try. Andrews failed with the conversion. As the half neared its end a turnover from a Cross keys attack allowed the Wanderers to kick and chase ahead and despite a clearance from the visitors the Wanderers established a line out in the in opposition 22. A series of drives resulted in a Wanderers penalty and the sin-binning of one of the Keys props. The Wanderers chose the scrum as an option and after repeated attempts to drive the opposition over the referee gave a penalty try as the Keys repeatedly infringed. The Wanderers therefore went in at half time 14-15 behind.
The second half once again saw the visitors with the majority of the play but they could not convert it into points. Following a turnover in midfield dynamic prop Scott Andrews made a break and after the Wanderers had gone through a few phases a penalty allowed James Thomas the chance to put the Wanderers ahead. The game entered its last quarter with both sides in with a chance. Thomas increased the home side lead but they did not look secure. Errors ruled and the Wanderers line out disintegrated as Cross Keys picked up the pace. Andrews reduced the deficit with a penalty and in injury time just as it looked as if the Wanderers might hang on for an undeserved win Gareth Knight was caught offside and Leon Andrews was able to convert the penalty to give the visitors their victory.
Reporter: Alyn Humphreys
Tries: James Thatcher(9) Penalty Try (29)
Cons: Charlie johnson(10)&(30)
Pens: James Thomas(51)&(54)
Cross Keys Scorers
Tries: Marcus Johnson(15) Tom Lapard(19)
Cons: Leon Andrews(16)
Pens: Leon Andrews(4),(70)&(82)