By Beth Kenure
A sunny yet windy day greeted Llandaff North Ladies as they arrived at Whitland on Sunday.
Boosted by victory over Gwernyfed last week, North made the trip West a little low on numbers this week but we’re kindly joined by three Skewen Ladies who were at a loose end following cancellation of their fixture against Cardiff Met.
North entered the game as underdogs, having never secured a victory over Whitland away. And the first half saw a very evenly matched encounter with both sides attacking and defending with great intensity.
Whitland were first to cross the whitewash after exhausting the North defence in the centre of the park and pulling away down the wing before crossing under the posts. The try was converted leaving the score 7-0 to the home side.
Leading up to half time both side suffered game ending injuries to their captains with the Whitland captain suffering a head injury and North captain Beth Kenure suffering a collarbone and elbow injury.
But North’s spirits were not dampened and following a solid team effort Elin Huxtable crossed for North’s first try, this was converted by Robyn Wilkins on the cusp of half time. Score 7 a piece.
The first 10 minutes of the second half saw North continue with the relentless pace with which the ended the first. Constant pressure in attack resulted in two further tries, another for Huxtable and one for one of our Skewen guests, Larissa Muldoon. Only one try was converted leaving the score 7 – 19 to the visitors.
With the two score margin, North seemed to take their foot of the gas, allowing Whitland to sneak around the defence with a converted try to bring the score to 14 – 19.
What followed was a 15 minute dog fight with both teams throwing everything at each other. On more than one occasion both teams looked like they were going to claim another score, but in the end it was North who held out for the win.
North’s next fixture sees them at home for the first time this year against Pontyclun on 4 October.