Pontypool’s fast start to second half sees off battling Bedwas.



Match report and photography by Ian Lovell.

  A quick start to the second half by Pontypool after an evenly contested first half turned the contest into a day to forget for Bedwas.

Both sides were unable to break through in the opening quarter, but the deadlock was eventually broken after sixteen minutes via a long-range Matthew Jarvis penalty goal.

Bedwas fought hard to keep their hosts at bay and drew level courtesy of a long-range penalty goal by Matty Bancroft.

Pontypool looked to capitalise on a Bedwas error at the restart but a knock on halted their progress but a few minutes later after a patient build-up second row Garin Price found a gap in the Bedwas defence to cross for a try. Jarvis added the conversion.

Bedwas continued to thwart their hosts and deep into first half stoppage time a penalty goal attempt by Matty Bancroft was unsuccessful.

After the evenly contested first half thirteen points in ten minutes at the start of the second half put the hosts on the way.

Matthew Jarvis landed a penalty with two minutes played, followed four minutes later by a try from backrower Adam Stratton converted by Jarvis and a drop goal from replacement Kieran Meek put their side in the box seat.

Scoring chances for Bedwas were few and far between with Pontypool dominating possession and territory.

Garin Price grabbed his second try midway through the half again converted by Jarvis to effectively end the contest and despite Bedwas best efforts no further scores came their way.

Number eight Cameron Regan scored his sides fourth and bonus point winning try with time all but elapsed, there was however still sufficient time for Jarvis to land his penalty.

There will be precious little time for Bedwas to lick their wounds as welcome Trebanos to the Bridgefield next Saturday for our final league fixture of the 2021-2022 season. This game will be the appetiser for the game between the same two sides at The Principality Stadium eight days as both vie for the WRU Championship plate. Ticketing/supporters travel arrangements will be confirmed in the next few days. Supporters are advised to check our website/social media channels for this information.

Today’s images are at: Bedwas RFC’s albums | Flickr