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Match Report
01 October 2017 / Team News

Raining Gently on my Mind

What shall I write? What can I say?
The weather here has been as nice as it can be 
Although it doesn't really matter much to me 
For all the half-time leads we seem to be able to take
We just can't turn them into four points for Heaven's sake.
Sorry Carole I was looking for inspiration. 
Ah September - a month of Earth (varying conditions), wind (metrological variety) and Fire (flickering but not yet consistent)
So to kick off and a good catch by Elliott set up a first attack. The interplay between forwards and backs was good and the scrum solid. In addition the line out was functioning well and a steady stream of possession saw Llanishen on the attack for the first ten minutes.
'Cil' conceded a penalty which Alex kicked, giving Llanishen a thoroughly deserved lead. The half continued in the same way and on fifteen minutes Alex landed a second penalty kick.
It was at this point the team's 'Achilles Heel' appeared, a dropped kick off gave Cil a scrum and after good inter-passing a well scored try. The try went unconverted but the home sides supporters were starting to wonder if this was another game that was going to slip slide away from the Lions.
The Llanishen team, however, picked themselves up and a good break and pop up to Noah allowed him to demonstrate great strength as he drove close to the line. A determined dive gave him the try and the conversion put Llanishen eight points clear.
With twenty minutes left of the first half there appeared ample time to increase the lead but, as has happened in a number of games, chances were missed and no further scores accrued in the half. 
Half-Time - Llanishen 13 Cilfyndd 5
The second half began with a great catch but after losing the ball in contact Cilfyndd were able to clear the ball. Having got into Llanishen's half they set up camp and only magnificent goal line defence kept the opposition out.
It is very tiring when you are defending for such a long period and fifteen minutes into the half Cilfyndd moved the ball wide and a good finish gave them a try near the posts which was converted.
With just over ten minutes to go further pressure gave 'Cil' a penalty which took them into a two point lead.
Llanishen strove hard to get back in front but Cilfyndd seemed to determine the areas the match was being played in. A last minute break gave Llanishen a chance to snatch the game as Cil conceded a penalty.
The kick was unsuccessful and another game that was there to be won went by (the Lion's supporters now how Jurgen Klopp must feel).
With a tip off the hat to Glen Campbell (R.I.P.) the boys showed 'True Grit' but need to be more clinical (nurse, scalpel) in the execution of chances.
Full Time: Llanishen 13 Cilfyndd 15
Good news re. Gabby. He has had the operation and is making steady progress. It will be wonderful to see him back at the clubhouse.
The players were down but not for long as it was our Admiral Nelson impersonator, Alex Bourne's twenty fifth birthday. A funny pass-the-parcel game, courtesy of Mister Entertainment, George, saw snakes, photos and a specifically designed comb strangely won by people with links to the prizes!
A fine pink cake, with tiara on top, was provided by Chappers as a prelude to a skittle run. It was at this point that your reporter made his way home. There are some things a man of my age shouldn't see!
Ah, life is a Tapestry!
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