Cross Keys RFC 20 Bedwas RFC 13
Principality Welsh Premiership, Saturday 31st October 2009.
Match report by John Meredith, photographs by Ian Lovell.
With Cross Keys being one league place and one point better off than Bedwas both sides knew this was an important game.
Bedwas bring in Kyle Barrett at scrum half (on loan from Newport), Dan Watchurst at loose head prop, Bob Mordecai at lock, and Luke Dyckoff at number 8. Stuart Thomas kept his place on the wing and young flanker Robert Carter starting at open side. Steve Gardner was captain for the day against one of his former clubs.
Bedwas took the game to their hosts and gained a penalty after 5 minutes when Keys were adjudged offside, Adam Greendale though hit his chance wide. Keys hit back putting pressure in the Bedwas ‘25’ but Bedwas scrummaged well and cleared the danger. Tom Cooper made a good break but the Keys defence was equal to it and no score was forthcoming.
Keys opened the scoring with a try from back rower Robert Nash, Gareth David adding the conversion. The lead was short-lived, however as Aaron Fowler was driven from a close range line-out, Greendale this time accurate with his kick.
The sides continued to cancel each other out, David and Greendale exchanging penalty goals to see half time arrive with the scores locked at 10 each.
A similar pattern emerged in the second half with the two goal kickers again exchanging kicks whilst from open play both sides were less than clinical and made numerous handling errors.
A moment of madness by Bedwas wing Matt Pizey who found himself sin binned for punching Keys prop Emms who had blatantly blocked his run (and should have followed him to the bin) was ultimately costly as the extra space saw Keys winger Marcus Johnstone score a late try, converted by David take all four points. Bedwas had to settle for a losing point.
Bedwas Man of the Match:
Robert Carter fought for every scrap of possession and was outstanding. He was the best player on the park.