“Sadly it’s the same mistakes again. We put ourselves in good positions but fail to execute things once in a position to score” commented a disappointed head coach Matthew Bolton.
“Our defence was once again strong and kept us in the game. We can take heart from the fact that we are progressing albeit slowly” added Gareth Cull backs coach.
On a bright afternoon interspersed with some heavy hail storms a game that, at the beginning promised much, never really developed. Both sides showed a willingness to spread the ball when the opportunity arose but the defences generally ruled the roost.
Early on the play was with Narbeth and after 10 minutes the Otters took the lead after a driving lineout gave Wayne Williams a chance to break clear and score. James Russell converted 0-7. The Wanderers responded well, moving the ball wide Ed Doe went close and from the resulting period of pressure Narbeth were forced into conceding a number of penalties. From one such penalty Josh Hurley took a quick tap and despite the close attention of the defence he squeezed over. Ianto Griffiths converted 7-7. Unfortunately for the home side they let Narbeth straight back in. Trying to run out of defence they spilled the ball and from the resulting scrum Steve Martin found a hole in the defence to canter over. Russell converted 7-14. Soon afterwards a heavy hail storm seemed to knock the fizz out of the game and the supporters and the match settled into a pattern of Narbeth controlling the ball without really penetrating. The home side lost Hurley after a blow to the head and they were further hampered when Lloyd King was yellow carded. Russell landed 2 penalties as the half progressed and the sides went into the break at 7-20.
The second half continued as many games had done before this season. The visitors had the baulk of possession and the Wanderers defence came under increasing pressure. Griffiths did reduce the arrears with a penalty but the game became stuck in a stalemate with neither side able to do anything decisive. Eventually Narbeth increased their lead after some poor midfield tackling let Williams in for his second try and despite both sides using their benches the game seemed stuck at one pace. The home side did create one or two chances but poor set piece execution or poor handling let them down when it mattered. At the death Narbeth went in search of the bonus point but as had happened most of the afternoon the Wanderers defence held firm and the game ended with a comfortable but not spectacular 10-25 win for the Otters.
match pics: http://www.flickr.com/photos/12570451@N04/