Llanelli RFC 25 Bedwas RFC 8
Principality Welsh Premiership, Saturday 4 October 2008.
Match report by John Meredith, photographs by Ian Lovell
Bedwas won the toss and kicked off into a strong driving wind swept Stradey Park. Bedwas made inroads towards the Llanelli half, the first points coming from a Luke Richards penalty given for offside in front of the posts, one of many perplexing decisions against Bedwas given by a referee who seemed to favour the home side.
A long upfield kick by John Welch resulted in wing Jimmy Norris latching onto the ball, a slipped pass to Adam Hughes saw the centre cross in the corner. Bedwas full back Stuart Thomas was unable to add the conversion into the strong, swirling wind.
Luke Richards added a further two penalty goals as Bedwas battled in vain. In the seventh minute of injury time Llanelli Number 8 James Bater burst through for a close range try under the posts, Luke Richards adding the conversion. Bedwas felt aggrieved at the amount of time added, but nevertheless found themselves 16 points to 5 behind.
Bedwas kicked off the second half with the swirling wind at their backs. A lack of possession did not see Bedwas take advantage of the conditions. A similar pattern to the first half emerged the home side seemingly given the lions share of penalty kicks to give Luke Richards three more penalty kicks and Stuart Thomas one for a final score of Llanelli 25 Bedwas 8.
Bedwas were guilty of giving the ball back to the opposition far too easily, though on the plus side it was a good defensive effort and nobody could criticise the effort and spirit of the team.
Bedwas coach Steve Law
‘We have worked hard in training but without possession you can’t win matches. I can’t knock the boys for commitment and their defence was good. Some of the decisions by the referee were very poor’
‘Bedwas are always hard to play against, glad to win and sustain our position as league leaders’