The First XV entertained top of the table Aberaeron last Saturday, in dry, cold, windy conditions on a heavy pitch.

Aber were hunting a double over the Scarlets and an opportunity to cement their lofty position.

The first half saw the home side acquit themselves really well, putting pressure on the visitors, who took a while to settle into their rhythm.

However, the visitors struck early on after an early foray , kicking a penalty from twenty two yards.

The home side kept up the pressure but failed to capitalise on good field positions.

In the final ten minutes, the visitors’ forwards built through phases allowing their dangerous backs to provide positions to penetrate a solid home defence, which resulted in two quick tries to give them a 0-15 lead at the break.

The visitors raised the tempo from the restart, scoring very an early converted try after excellent handling and support work from the half way line.

The home side struck back minutes later, after great work from the forwards and backs provided an opportunity close in for skipper Lloyd Davies to crash over.

Aber continued to play at a high tempo, with their speedy backs providing the cutting edge, finishing off some excellent phase build up to score two more tries at the start of the final quarter to cement a big lead, which they held to the final whistle, eventually winning deservedly by 5-34 to achieve their goals for the day.

Pembroke Panthers on the weekend
Pembroke Panthers on the weekend (Pic supplied)

The Youth team entertained Narberth, after the visitors declared their pitches unplayable and agreed to travel.

The home side then produced a commanding performance on a very heavy pitch, winning comfortably by 56-0.

The Panthers returned to duty at West Swansea Hawks on Sunday afternoon, with the whole squad very eager to play and start the second half of their season with a win.

The match was a really intense affair, with both sides showing the full array of their talents.

However, the endeavour and determination throughout the Panthers squad was rewarded with a well deserved and convincing win by 0-19, to the delight of their coaches and travelling support.

The First XV play Neyland away this Saturday KO 2.30 pm; the Youth have Aberystwyth at home KO 2 pm; whilst the Panthers next outing is on Feb 11 in quarter final of the WRU National Bowl.

Last weekend a very well attended quiz night was won by the ‘Pointless’ team, whilst on Saturday night there was a very successful fundraiser for the U14s squad, who are due to tour at the end of the season.

Tomorrow the funeral of ex-player Anthony Hodge will take place, 10.45 am Narberth Crematorium, followed by a wake at the club. Thoughts go out to wife Christine, Matt and family, and close friends.