As we reach the final weekend of the regular season Bedwas supporters can look back with pride at some of the rugby we have seen this season.
Who will forget the stirring comeback against Neath with the team scoring 32 unanswered points to claim the win? Or Sam Feehan’s last gasp try and Ethan Davies last kick of the match conversion to take the spoils at Cardiff, or the seven try demolition of Swansea for our first ever victory at the St Helens ground?
Yet, the race for the second spot behind runaway leaders Pontypridd and thus gain home ‘advantage’ in the play off fixture against the third place side has intensified in the last week.
Llanelli romped home against Newport last Sunday to take over second spot before Llandovery cruised past Aberavon on Tuesday night to take over second spot themselves and in so doing pushing Bedwas down to fourth spot.
So as it stands with one game left Llandovery occupy second spot on 68 points, Llanelli third on 67 points and Bedwas in fourth on 65 points. This weekend sees Llanelli travel to Sardis Road to take on a Pontypridd who have lost just one Premiership game all season and Llandovery visit Bedwas.
To reclaim second spot Bedwas simply need to beat Llandovery and deny them any bonus points and hope that Pontypridd can perform the same ‘trick’ against Llanelli.
Over the seasons Bedwas and Llandovery have met twenty five times with Bedwas having won on fifteen occasions, the last five fixtures seeing three Bedwas wins, a draw and a narrow win for Llandovery at Church Bank.
Head coach Steve Law is boosted by the return from Dragons duty of centre Matthew Pewtner and outside half Lewis Robling. Rory Budina starts on the wing in place of injured Matthew John. Up front the evergreen club talisman Deri Mattravers starts at number 8.
Phil Sargent comes in for his 100th appearance at open side flanker in place of Aaron Harris and in the front row Matthew Pettit starts at tight prop with Ian George at loose head, Elliott Dee starts at hooker.
Bedwas chairman Mark Lewis commented ‘We’ve exceeded our expectations this season and deserve something for our efforts. We have one of the smallest squads in the division who have worked very hard to put us in the position we are in. Saturday’s game will without doubt be a defining moment in our season; I thank the players for their efforts thus far and implore them to dig deep for one last effort.’
Bedwas: S Thomas, L Hudd, M Pewtner, S Williams, R Budina, L Robling, T Rowlands; I George, E Dee, M Pettit, K Maiden, P Rees, S Grainger ©, P Sargent, D Mattravers.
Replacements: D Preece, R Hutcherson, M Phelps, J Thomas, J Benjamin, J Davies, W Owen, E Davies.
Llandovery: L Rees, C Knight, M Jacobs, J Roberts, Aaron Warren, C Rees, R Walters, Wyn Jones, E Phillips, P Edwards, S Jones, B Griffiths, P Day (capt), K Murphy, S Miles.
Replacements: Andrew Jones, D Williams, L Jones, L Kendall, J Lewis, R Brooks, J Randell, J Garland