Persistent rain throughout the morning had put the match in doubt but it was finally decided to go ahead and played out on a dark, dismal afternoon necessitating the Bridgefield floodlights to be switched on prior to kick off.
There was a minutes silence observed in tribute to Malcolm Minty, former first XV Team Manager, Club Fixture Secretary and long term committee member who had passed away suddenly and whose funeral had been held the morning of the match.
Of the match itself, it was everything to play for, a must win match for both sides, the Wanderers desperate to climb out of the relegation zone and Bedwas knowing a positive result would mean a move upwards to a safer position. With a strong wind and driving rain against them Bedwas had to prevent Wanderers from using the elements to build up a significant lead and this objective was achieved after a first half abrasive slog on a heavy pitch resulting in just three penalties scored for Glamorgan to hold a slender lead 3-6 half time.
Just two minutes into the second half and Wanderers had a prop red-carded for head butting and down to fourteen for the half but mounted a series of hard fought mauls close to the home line finally crossing for a corner try. With half an hour remaining Bedwas pushed forward and threatened many times, the best chance saw the ball rolling over the dead ball line before the touchdown. No. 8 DERI MATTRAVERS then smashing over in the final minute for centre PHIL DOLMAN to slot a fine conversion to add to his equally fine first half penalty and trail by the single point. The match went into injury time but the elusive match winning score did not materialise, a huge disappointment for the team and the club as a whole which moves us down to 12th place with Cross Keys in at 13th, one point behind and games in hand.
Glamorgan Wanderers D.O.R. Richard Hodges
‘A big confidence boosting win for us. Attitude, commitment and hard work was there in abundance and our defence was magnificent, even more so in the second half after loosing a forward.’