Penarth Rugby Club – which once upon a time proudly clashed shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the biggest names and most famous players in Wales – has been relegated to the lowly “Division 3 East Central” from the start of next season.
The days when the Penarth Club once boasted fixtures with the fabled Barbarians, Llanelli, Newport and Swansea are now long gone.
Penarth only managed to clinch 11th – and next to last – place in the National League fixture list this season.
Admittedly eight of this season’s games were only lost by 3 points or less – but they were still losses – not wins – and it’s the winning that counts. And the last match of the season hardly ended on a high note with Penarth RFC scoring Nil and Cambrian Welfare 73.
Club chairman Mike Gooding has told Media Wales “We’ve been the architects of our own downfall and we haven’t made the most of opportunities we had to pick up points earlier in the season and then we lost a lot of players to injury.” .
But Mr Gooding is looking on the bright side and is confident the “Seasiders” will fight their way back and recapture their former glory – in the not too distant future. “Relegation” he says ” will give us the kick up the backside“