Aberavon RFC 44 Bedwas RFC 18
Principality Welsh Premiership, Saturday 19 September 2009.
Match report by John Meredith, photographs by Ian Lovell.
Bedwas’s first away match of the season saw the team head West on the M4 to the Talbot Athletic Ground, home of Aberavon RFC. The TAG has never been a happy hunting ground for Bedwas; indeed, the home team has prevailed on every occasion the two teams have met there.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law made a few changes to the team which took on Swansea seven days previously, wing Nathan Hill coming in for Dan Hitchings, Tom Williams coming in at centre with Andrew McLaughlan reverting to full back, and James Harris replacing Stuart Phillips in the back row. Steve Gardner being given the captains armband.
Playing towards the motorway Bedwas started well and took the lead after five minutes with a well taken penalty from Gethin Worgan. The lead was extended further after clever play from Bedwas number 8 Phil Sargent saw wing Nathan hill run in unopposed from 15 metres for a smart try. Gethin Worgan was unable to add the conversion from out wide.
Aberavon hit back with some flowing fifteen man rugby with Bedwas on the back foot winger Nathan Hill was sin binned for a ‘professional’ foul. Accurate Aberavon place kicker Jamie Davies happily accepting the chance to take the three points. For while Bedwas could do right for referee Fear and a series of penalties saw Bedwas relinquish their lead to trail 9-8.
Bedwas eventually replied with a Worgan penalty before winger Lee Pearson charged down Jamie Murphy’s clearance kick to score a good opportunist try, Worgan adding the extras. To the annoyance of the Bedwas supporters the referee saw fit to add 10 minutes of injury time during which the home side’s Morgans added a try, converted by Davies to see Bedwas leading 18-16 at half time.
The second half was one way traffic as Aberavon totally dominated proceedings. Fly half Davies adding a penalty before a kick and chase saw Morgans add his second try of the day. Centre Luke Hathaway helped himself to a brace of tries, replacement full back Marc Bennet scoring a try, Davies adding a penalty and two conversions for a personal tally of 19 points.
Bedwas supporters voted Matthew Pettit as Bedwas Man of the Match, he worked his socks off, tackling everything that moved and scrummaged like a Trojan, well played Matthew.