Cross Keys RFC 15 Bedwas RFC 11
Principality Welsh Premiership, Saturday 03 December 2016.
Match report and photography by Ian Lovell.
Both sides went into this game knowing that a win was vital; Keys to make a late charge into the top eight and Bedwas to virtually cement their top eight position with three games left to play. As it is Keys emerged deserved victors as they fought hard to secure the spoils.
The first half was an almost tedious affair with neither side able to conjure up anything of quality. Bedwas lost back rower James Richards to injury after nine minutes and James S Dixon booted a penalty after 21 minutes but the rest of the half did little to entertain the spectators.
Within five minutes of the restart the game came to life. Bedwas attacked the home line and got within 10 metres when James S Dixon’s pass aimed for Phillip Pariyo was picked off by home winger Matthew Powell who sprinted through to pass to supporting fly half Josh Prosser to touchdown under the posts. Prosser adding the conversion.
Bedwas took six minutes to reply as the forward drove Geraint Edmunds over for a try which went unconverted by reclaimed the lead for Bedwas.
James Dixon who had replaced his namesake not long after the first Keys try slotted a penalty on the hour mark to increase the Bedwas lead before Keys’ Leon Andrews burst through some weak Bedwas tackling to put replacement winger Joe Goodchild in for an unconverted try and a one point advantage to his side.
With five minutes remaining Bedwas were penalised for holding the ball on the floor and Prosser stretched his sides’ advantage to four points from the kicking tee.
Bedwas were not finished and camped on the home line for the last five minutes and a series of five metre scrums kept the home side on their toes but lead to no reward before the ball somehow squirted out and was cleared to touch to spark the home celebrations.
Bedwas now find themselves in fifth position on 38 points with ninth position Ebbw Vale on 33 points (and tenth place Keys on 27 points) the next visitors to the Bridgefield on Boxing Day (kick off 16-45hrs) as league rugby takes a break.