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It was top marks all around for Ebbw Vale, Pontypridd, and Llandovery in the weekend just gone.

Llandovery had a repeat of last year’s Indigo Group Welsh Premiership final last week as they faced Cardiff, maintaining their perfect record this season with a fourth successive victory thanks to a comfortable 31–12 victory. With tries coming from Adam Warren, Nathan Hart, and Gabe McDonald, the win means that they now sit comfortably at the top of the Welsh Rugby Premiership table with 19 points.

Elsewhere in Wales, Ebbw Vale restricted RGC, beating them 26-10 at the Ciner Glass Community Stadium. It’s shaping up to be a strong start to the season for the Steelmen, although they face the ultimate test as they welcome last year’s champions Llandovery to Newchurch Road. This much-anticipated Scimitar derby is also the battle between 1st and 2nd place in the league as we head in to matchday five.

Pontypridd took it to the wire on the weekend when they faced Neath away from home at the Gnoll for the first time in nearly five years. Pontypridd claimed a hard-fought first win of the season with a 23-22 victory in favour of the men in black (or grey, as it was at the weekend!).

Despite Neath scoring the first try of the game, Ponty battled back to lead by a single point at half-time. Going into the second half, it was much of the same with both teams on the score sheet, culminating in a nervy end, which was well seen out by the Valley Commandos. Pontypridd will welcome Bridgend Ravens next week at Sardis Road in their next Indigo Premiership fixture.

Crossing the border into England, and it was yet another strong win in the National League 2 North division for Rotherham Titans. They maintained their perfect start to the season with yet another victory at Tynedale, running out 19-33 victors at Tynedale Park. The victory has protected the Titans undefeated record so far this season, cementing their 2nd place position behind leaders Leeds Tykes. Rotherham are back at home this weekend as they will welcome Fylde to Clifton Lane on Saturday.

Heading down to the mid-counties, and it was a weekend to forget for our teams in the Regional 2 Midlands West Division. Worcester faced Silhillians at home but were comprehensively beaten 41-0. With just one win in five, Worcester will be hoping for an upturn in results in what is proving to be a very competitive league this year. They will now set their sights towards next weekend’s game against high-flying Cheltenham.

It was a similar story in the league for Hereford as they faced the aforementioned Cheltenham. They struggled to get going, with Cheltenham going on to win the game 34-22 Hereford. A promising start to the season sees Hereford sit 5th in the table, as they welcome Ludlow next in the league on the 14th October.

It has been back-to-back walk-overs for Chipstead! They were awarded an AWO against Old Freemans last weekend and a HWO against Old Amplefordians on Saturday. Despite the lack of action, Chipstead sit in 3rd place in the Counties 2 Surrey league, facing Purley John Fisher this weekend.

It is now 4 wins in their first 5 games for Barkers Butts, as they defeated Claverdon away 15-40 in the Counties 2 Midlands West (East). Butts are now just one point off the top of the table after a strong start to the season. Barkers Butts are set to face the Coventrians in their next league fixture of the season, who also possess 4 wins from 5 games this season. It’s going to be a tough one!

Elsewhere in the league, struggling Woodrush faced a Coalville side buoyed by a 29-28 victory last time out. Despite Woodrush tallying 18 points, it wasn’t enough as the final score was 32-18 to Coalville. Next up for Woodrush is fellow strugglers Uttoxeter, who make the trip to Icknield Street. It may well prove to be a hugely important game as Rush look to extend the gap between themselves and the relegation places.

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