CROSS KEYS RFC 13 BEDWAS RFC 22
Principality Welsh Premiership, Saturday 18 April 2009.
Match report by John Meredith.
Bedwas visited neighbours Cross Keys for their final away game of the season on Saturday 18 April 2009. With both sides in the lower reaches of the table both were desperate for a victory.
Unfortunately for Bedwas Steve Gardner pulled a hamstring in training and had to miss out on a chance to take on his former club, Andrew Tibbatts taking his place in the team.
On a glorious Spring afternoon Bedwas were led out by Hywel Jenkins.
The home side immediately putting their visitors under long periods of pressure but the lively Keys side could not break down excellent, resolute defence.
Somewhat against the run of play Bedwas took the lead through a penalty goal from Phil Dollman, which appeared to most onlookers to miss the target was given by the touch judges behind the posts. Probably the spark of luck the team needed as almost straight afterwards they scored a smart try. Outside half John Welch chipping the ball into the in goal area for on permit former Ebbw Vale skipper Kristian Owen to score a try, Dollman adding the conversion and Bedwas were ten points to nil ahead.
Keys lifted their game and drove up field, lightning quick winger Marcus Johnstone picking up a loose ball and sprinting in from 70 metres. Ryan James added a penalty goal. The half time whistle blew with Bedwas hanging on to a 10 points to 8 lead.
Bedwas controlled the second half and added further tries by Matthew Pizey and a cracker under the sticks by Kristian Owen, Dollman adding the conversion to Owens try.
Eight minutes from time Keys hit back with a good try in the corner by Will Johnstone to complete a try scoring ‘double’ for the Johnstone brothers. Bedwas held out for a deserved victory and 4 precious league points in a match played in a good spirit with no dirty play and well refereed.
Bedwas man of the match Adam Brown a tower of strength in the ‘boiler house’, winning everything in the lineout and excellent around the field. Hywel Jenkins had another good day at the office and lead by example.