Even some of the most ardent Cardigan followers shook their heads in utter disbelief as they trudged away from King George V Playing Field – some departed before the final whistle – after witnessing a shambolic showing by the League 3 West A championship contenders who went down 10-5 against Crymych Seconds in round two of the National Bowl.

One of the oldest clubs in the Principality dating back to the 19th century, Cardigan were well established long before the Preselimen were formed in 1984 but there has been a fall from grace with the Cardis now the local minnows behind Newcastle Emlyn and Crymych.

Emyr Harries and colleagues reached the semi-final last term before defeat at the hands of eventual winners Amman United but never looked remotely capable of putting together another cup run as they were made to eat humble pie by the Pembrokeshire League outfit.

There were groans from the home supporters as their favourites were guilty of a string of unforced errors but that does not take anything away from the visitors who were well-organised, particularly up front, and worthy winners.

Backrow dynamo Trystan Griffiths, who was given excellent support from Dylan Phillips and Osian Rees, went over for a first half try for the visitors converted by outside half Llyr Edwards.

Cardigan replied with an unconverted try from flanker Gethin Jones to trail by two points at the interval.

In a dour second half the only points came from an Edwards penalty to give the Preselimen a sweet-tasting victory.