2009/2010 Principality Premiership
Bedwas 21 v 3 Ebbw Vale
24 October 2009 - Bridge Field, Bedwas
Ebbw Vale

Match Report

Vital Win For Bedwas

Bedwas RFC 21 Ebbw Vale RFC 3

Principality Welsh Premiership, Saturday 25 October 2009.

Match report by John Meredith, photographs courtesy of Graham (

In what was a crucial battle to avoid the relegation zone Bedwas entertained Ebbw Vale at a wind swept Bridgefield with both sides desperate for a win.

Bedwas made several changes from the previous weeks gallant effort at Cardiff, Hywel Jenkins returning from injury to take over at number 8 and captain, Jamie Jones making his debut on the wing, James Harris at blindside flanker, Newport loanee Kyle Barrett at scrum half, and Duane Goodfield on the replacements bench. Gethin Worgan restored to the fly half spot having been rested the previous week.

Ebbw Vale have been suffering a long injury list but fielded a huge pack of forwards.

Having won the toss and playing with the gale force wind at their backs the Ebbw forwards tore into the Bedwas pack. Bedwas defended resolutely, Matt Pizey breaking clear but hauled down just short of the line and Matthew Petit showing up well in the loose.

Both sides were bemused by some mind boggling decisions by the referee, but Ebbw Vales kicker could not find his range, for Bedwas however, Gethin Worgan managed two kicks from two to put his side 6 points to the good. Ebbw’s Andrew Williams added a penalty to pull his side back into the game. All the good work looked like it would be in vain when scrum half Tom Dickens was sent to the sin bin for an alleged punch. Williams however missed his shot at goal.

Bedwas looked to take the game to their opponents for the second half but Ebbw defended well. A raft of changes by the home side saw Greendale replace Worgan, Goodfield replace Crawford, and new winger Jamie Jones having played well was replaced by Stuart Thomas.

The changes had the desired effect, Stuart Thomas crossed for a try in the corner following good work by fullback Andrew McLaughlan. Greendale’s conversion attempt went wide. Greendale added a penalty goal minutes later to put his side further ahead.

Bedwas battled on and their persistence paid off when former Ebbw Captain Kristian Owen crossed for a try converted by Greendale to seal a vital win for Bedwas by 21 points to 3.

Bedwas Man of the Match:- Phil Sargent. Phil is totally on fire at the moment and covered every inch of the pitch. He never lost the ball in contact and made his 50th appearance for Bedwas in the Premiership. Tom Dickens tackled well and was just pipped by Sargent’s efforts.

Official : Huw Griffiths (Wales)

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