An entertaining match at the crowded Bridgefield ground as both sides sought to play running rugby on a windswept pitch, title chasing Pontypridd scoring three well taken tries through their quick wings to lead 17-12 at half time, all of Bedwas’ points from four fine penalty kicks by centre PHIL DOLMAN but with a strong advantage now in Ponty’s favour for the second period as Ponty opened with a penalty, cancelled by PHIL DOLMAN’s fifth accurate attempt, the visitors then adding a converted try to lead 27-15, but Bedwas stormed back with wing MICHAEL SILCOX intercepting to race 65 metres to celebrate his first game this season with a serious neck injury, converted by DOLMAN for a personal 17 points and with just five minutes left No.8 DERI MATTRAVERS crashed over to level the scores. Both sets of supporters were in silence for different reasons, as PHIL DOLMAN took the difficult, angled, conversion kick into the teeth of the wind but the ‘rub of the green’ went the wrong way for Bedwas, the ball hitting the post and bouncing back out to deny a shock victory. The 27-27 result and one league point moved us to 11th position but the games in hand for teams around us poses a real problem with forthcoming matches against top sides.
Bedwas Coach - Steve Law
‘It is frustrating that if we played to this standard every week we would be mid-table and not near the bottom. Inconsistency has been our problem and hopefully we will take this result as a confidence booster for the tough matches ahead.’
Bedwas Coach – Ian Gardner
‘It was a result we would have gladly taken at half time given the second half wind we were playing into and the harsh yellow card received. Individual defensive errors gave Ponty first half tries and cost us dearly but credit must be given to the whole hearted character and determination shown second half against a strong Ponty side.’
Pontypridd Coach – Simon King
‘I am disappointed that we did not win after building up a significant lead. It was a dose of reality for the team as our standards slipped and complacency set in after dominating for so long.’