Division Three West A: Llangwm 22-10 St Davids 

It was as physical and tight as always when Llangwm met St Davids on Saturday - with The Wasps recovering from a bad start to eventually run out 22-10 winners.

The Saints were left to rue a first half red card to Adam Williams while they were leading 10-5, and then missed out on what would have been a first bonus point of the season when Phil Llewellyn sealed the win with a try at the death for Llangwm.

Remembering a stalwart:

There was applause aplenty before the kick-off at Pill Parks as a mark of respect for the late Johnny James, the outstanding Wasps’ hooker.

The clubs are now going to play each other on a home and away basis for the Johnny James Memorial Trophy and this win gives Llangwm a 12-point lead to take to St Davids for the return fixture in the season to see who wins what is sure to be a hugely popular trophy – with both players and supporters having a whale of a time post-match to launch a rousing start that Johnny would have loved.

Saints start well:

The Saints began really well as Matty McLeod slotted a fourth-minute penalty and then added a superb wide-angled conversion soon afterwards from a set-piece move where scrum half Shane Brooks spread play right and his brother Luke, playing at full back, supplied the scoring pass for winger Tanapon Phumkhonsan to brush off a tackler to score.

Llangwm battle back:

But The Wasps gradually settled as their pack began to make hard yards and outside half Joe Kiff made a terrific diagonal break to the line but was penalised for a double moment.

A score was bound to come though, and flanker James Lewis crashed over from close range as reward for his support play.

Red mist:

A pivotal moment came in the 35th minute when Saints’ second row Adam Williams was sent off and in the time until the break The Wasps added another ten points from a simple Luke Hayman penalty - and a try by Yale Grice from another Kiff break which Hayman converted.

In the second half both sides had their chances but were unable to defy the elements and opposing defences, whilst Wasps’ No 8 Josh Hicks was yellow-carded – but the home side finished in style as replacement hooker Llewellin barged over from close range and Hayman added the extra points.

Llangwm: Luke Hayman, Dan Thomas, Lewis Murphy, Yale Grice, Joe Lewis, Joseph Kiff, Ollie Davies, Will Scriven, Gethin Thomas (Capt), Steve Rees, Dave Reynolds, Jason Mock, James Lewis, Ian Griffiths, Josh Hicks. Replacements: Phil Llewellin, Gavin Jones, Rhys Thomas, Matthew Lewis, Dan Morgan.

St Davids: Luke Brooks, Norman Price, George Raymond, Dylan Walsh, Tanapon Phumkhonsan, Mattie McLeod, Shane Brooks, Will Davies, Tom Clarke, Dan Murphy (Capt), Raymond Owen, Adam Williams, Rhys Price, Emyr Wile, Anthony Davies. Replacements: Jason Davies, Fraser Watson, Alex Richmond, Ben Evans, Aled Davies.

Referee: Matthew Davies (Cardiff)