2003/2004 WRU National League
Bedwas 26 v 15 Llandovery
17 January 2004 - Bridge Field, Bedwas

Match Report

Bedwas 26 - 15 Llandovery

John Kendrick reports:

Bedwas had this game won when they rattled up fifteen points without reply in the first ten minutes. When Llandovery fly-half Neil Clapham failed to put the ball 10m at the kick off Bedwas grabbed both the ball and the initiative. The home threes, running hard and straight with good support from their back row pushed the Drovers back into their 22 time after time. Outside half Andrew James was the lynch pin of their attacks and contributed ten of the points with a penalty and a try which he converted. The other try came from hard working prop Johnathan Salter.

Eventually realising the game had started the Drovers began to claim a share of the ball. Mounting their own attacks they appeared to be creating a platform where they would cut back on the Bedwas lead. However poor discipline and a lack of control of the ball in the loose, particularly deep in the opposition half, prevented them from opening their account.

The score remained at 15-0 until half time when on the resumption of play the Llandovery side failed to heed the warning of the first half and found themselves punished through two more Andrew James penalties taking the home side into a seemingly unassailable 21 point lead.

A penalty by Drovers full back Ioan Davies brought little respite as Bedwas ran in a third try from replacement prop Julian Price, with Drovers lock Tom Walker being shown the Yellow Card in the move leading up to the try.

However the one thing the Drovers do not lack is spirit and despite their hopeless position produced a tremendous fight back in the final 30 minutes where they showed the form that their supporters have become used to in the previous games. They were helped in the cause by a Bedwas side rapidly tiring and having both of their influential flankers Chris Brown and Ben Cole sent to the sin bin.

Throughout the game locks Tom Walker and Arwel Davies had dominated the lines out, winning all their own ball and also stealing a number from the home side which, accompanied by a scrum that held its own, should have provided a platform to work from but the difference in the sides for much of the game was the way in which the ball was used outside the set piece.

Once they overcame these problems with improved control, better discipline and distribution the course of the game changed completely. Excellent tries from centre Emrys Evans and wing Jamie Roberts, one converted by Ioan Davies, held a faint hope that the home sides lead could be overhauled.

In the end with the referee whistling for full time after exactly 40 minutes of the second half, despite numerous stoppages, the thirteen man Bedwas side hung on for a well deserved victory.

Team Sheets


Bedwas Llandovery