Welshpool Rugby Club fell to a third defeat this season against Newtown, and will be left wondering why they seem unable to make any headway against their old rivals whilst they continue to close the gap on other sides in the North 2 East League.
The first half of the game was all about the home side. After opening the scoring with a penalty, they then crossed for a pair of converted tries, giving them a 17-0 lead at the break.
After a further Newtown score, Welshpool finally got themselves on the board with a try for hooker Ally Evans, converted by Dan Earle.
A further Newtown score made the score 29-7 in their favour, and it looked like the game would end in the same manner as the last meeting between the clubs, but the hosts ran in a further try at the death to give them a 34-7 victory.
Welshpool: Tom Manuel, Ally Evans, Jamie Evans, Ryan Manuel, Tomos Holloway, Luke Alexander Godfrey, Joe Stranks (c), Ryan Goodwin, Euan Harris, Dylan Walton, Harry Davies, Tom Davies, Jake Best, Matt Roberts, Dan Earle
Replacements: Lee Richards, Ben Gutteridge, Harry Trow, Rob Picken, Tom Worthy
Meanwhile, Welshpool Ladies (right) came within a whisker of pulling off a debut victory at Glyn Ceiriog in an entertaining clash, eventually going down 21-20.
With a large travelling support enjoying the sunshine and local hospitality, the Ladies were well supported throughout and gave the crowd plenty to cheer with big hits and enterprising play throughout the game.
After some initial pressure from the home side, it was the visitors who took the lead courtesy of big-hitting inside centre Sammy-Joe Mapp-Lorimer, who impressed throughout. The hosts responded to take a 7-5 lead after 20 minutes.
Welshpool again took the lead through outside centre Becca Humphreys, who put in a very impressive display, and the visitors went into the interval with a 7-10 lead.
The Welshpool lead was extended in the third quarter, with outside half Rachael Ferguson battling her way over the line, before Humphreys crossed for her second score of the game to give Welshpool a seemingly unassailable 7-20 lead.
However, the home side brought themselves back within six points after a second converted try. Then, with only minutes left on the clock, they took two consecutive quick penalties and scored under the posts, with the conversion giving them a 21-20 verdict.
Welshpool: Sharon Davies, Alexandra McCreadie, Floss Lewis, Courtney Jones, Keli Williams, Jess Williams, Siân Bailey, Chloe Davies, Lucia Alexander, Grace Johns, Rachael Ferguson, Michelle Petryszyn, Sammy-Joe Mapp Lorimer, Becca Humphreys, Ellie Fielden, Sally Humphreys, Louise Macken
In the North Wales League Division One, Cobra earned a morale boosting 19-5 win over visiting Ruthin, ending a run of four defeats. The win moves them within five points of third-to-bottom Ruthin.
PICTURE: Welshpool's Under 14s were presented with a new playing kit courtesy of Metrorod Welshpool before taking on Newtown and Aberystwyth at Maesydre. Adrian Taylor of Metrorod presented the new kit to the team.