The last Saturday in January delivered a very comfortable victory for Ebbw over a plucky Skewen outfit from the division below in the first round of the unsponsored WRU National Cup.
Historical links between the two clubs are few and far between, with the last fixture between the clubs reportedly having taken place in 1910. Nonetheless, it was good to see former Neath, Dragons and Ebbw wing Kevin James in the centre for them, and he is clearly enjoying the social side of the game at a lower level.
It was pretty much one way traffic in the first half with tries from Dai Langdon, Gareth Maule and James Lewis supplementing a hatrick from Nathan Preece, giving the Steelmen a 38-7 interval lead.
With the full bench of substitutes then used, the second period did not have the same avalanche of tries, but there were three further touchdowns from Jack Goodey (with a brace) and one from Dawid Rubasniak.
Skewen battled hard, but the gap between even two levels in modern rugby is quite large, especially in terms of fitness, speed and power.
The draw for the second round was held midweek, with the Steelmen relishing a visit to Beddau (whom we have played more recently in our Championship days).