Bedwas RFC 22 Glamorgan Wanderers 10
Principality Welsh Premiership, Saturday 20 November 2010.
Match report by John Meredith, photography by Ian Lovell
Bedwas claimed the four points for the win but Wanderers will feel disappointed not to have gained something from the game having dominated large parts of it.
Bedwas fans hoped their team would start where they finished off against Swansea having claimed the win in what was an exciting finish. The coaches selected the same side that started against Swansea with the exception of young powerhouse centre Ross Wardle who replaced the injured Tom Cooper at inside centre.
Bedwas took the lead on 10 minutes after Wanderers were adjudged offside, Stuart Thomas comfortably slotting the penalty goal from in front of the posts.
Straight on the front foot following the penalty Bedwas added a try under the sticks by Foils converted by Thomas following a clever clearance kick by Knight. Bedwas had their tales up and three minutes later Sam Feehan added a second try, again converted by Thomas. It was all Bedwas at this stage as twice they were denied tries, as Adam Greendale and Sam Feehan were adjudged help up over the line on both occasions.
Wanderers fought back and were rewarded when following a penalty deep in Bedwas territory Navidi crossed under the sticks Williams adding the extras.
Thomas missed a 40metre penalty chance from out wide after 35 minutes.
Williams countered from the restart and gained a penalty in front of the sticks but Williams saw his shot miss the target. They did however add a penalty on the stroke of half time when Bedwas prop Roberts was sin binned for a technical offence at a ruck.
Beginning the second half a man short Bedwas hoped to get some early points on the board but Wanderers defended doggedly to keep out the home attackers.
Wanderers had the first attempt to put points on the board but Williams’s kick again went wide. Wanderers kept trying to breach the home defence but wrong options and handling errors saw their battle in vain as Bedwas held out
Wanderers camped on the Bedwas line before Feehan intercepted a stray pass, galloped 40 metres before putting Stuart Thomas in for a try out wide which went unconverted for what was the crucial score with 15 minutes left on the clock.
Bedwas went down to 14 men again after Kris Owen was penalised for a high tackle and Bedwas had to defend for their lives as Wanderers threw everything they had at the home defence. The game ending with Wanderers having series of set scrums close to the Bedwas line but the home side held out to the relief of the home supporters. This win took Bedwas up to 6th place in the division.
Bedwas are next in action on Wednesday 1st December when they visit Llandovery and then entertain Pontypool on Saturday 11 December; kick off 2-30 p.m
Bedwas Man of the Match
Brendan Lampitt: the replacement flanker tackled everything that moved.