PENALLTA saw their almost two year unbeaten home record come to an end an Saturday with the visit of their bogey side Heol y Cyw.

The last time the Pitmen lost a league match at Trinity Fields was on October 8th 2011 when they were beaten by a single point by Ynysybwl. Unavailability, injuries, returns and call-ups by the Youth saw a rearranged starting line up with first team debut for outside half Alex Knott and a welcome return from the Championship for ex-pitman Rhys Cleverley.

An early exchange of penalties signalled a cautious start to the game until the visitors crossed the try line with a well worked converted try out to the corner. Gary Wilkes kicked a second penalty for Penallta to take the score to 6 – 11.

This signalled the start of a ding-dong battle that lasted until the end of the match. A superb break down the touchline by Gareth Edwards was ended by a high tackle and a resulting yellow card. The referee awarded a penalty try which Wilkes duly converted. A further exchange of penalties saw the sides closely matched `16 – 14 at half time.

The second half got off to a nervy start with neither team making headway until Penallta edged further ahead with another Wilkes penalty.

Heol y Cyw’s strength and experience at the breakdown started to win them good ball and saw them gain ground more often, despite the home scrum looking solid. Cyw slotted two more penalties whilst indecision by the touch judges saw a seemingly good kick from Wilkes adjudged to have gone wide before another successful attempt.

Trailing 22 – 20 the visitors piled on the pressure in the last five minutes. Phase after phase saw the pitmen defend their line desperately until Cyw worked the ball to the centre of the pitch for a well struck drop goal attempt.

The Penallta faithful could only watch as the ball sailed through the posts and the referee signalled the end of the game. A heartbreaking single point defeat 22-23.