BEDWAS 50 GLAMORGAN WANDERERS 7
Match report courtesy of Howard Evans, photography by Ian Lovell
Despite leading 7-0 after 15 minutes play and pressing strongly for long periods in both halves, Glamorgan Wanderers had to bow to the superior power of the Premiership Club at Bridge Field.
For Bedwas there was a tragedy during the second half when No 8 Dan Crimmins, in his second spell at the club and returning from the Wanderers, was in extreme agony with a twisted knee after being tackled.
It took eight attendants to carry Crimmins off and he must be rated extremely unlikely to start the league season.
Meanwhile, the last three tries from a total of eight by Bedwas fell to speedy left wing Philip Pariyo, who has had spells with the Wanderers and St Peter's in Cardiff. Pariyo is still raw, but has great potential while the new Bedwas faces included a second player in the back division named James Dixon. This one, at centre, is from the Army, while the more experienced James Dixon appeared as a replacement fly half.
The Wanderers had all the early play and wing Lloyd Chalke scored for Luke Fish to convert, though Bedwas levelled when wing Adam Williams forced his way over and skipper Richard Powell converted.
Just on half-time prop Robson Blake from Bedlinog crashed over and Powell again landed the extras.
In the second half, first Crimmins, then a superb effort from Dan Preece, goaled by Powell, took Bedwas to 26-7.
Crimmins then went off, but the evergreen prop Matthew Pettit scored in the corner for fly half Dixon to convert and Pariyo produced a try hat-trick in a seven-minute spell with the last being goaled by Dixon.
Referee Wayne Davies continues to impress as a fine official and Bedwas coach Steve Law has once again come up trumps with his new signings.
Bedwas - Tries: P.Pariyo 3, A.Williams, R.Blake, D.Crimmins, D.Preece, M.Pettit.
Cons: R.Powell 3, J.Dixon 2.
Glamorgan Wanderers - Try: L Chalke. Con: L Fish.