Bat­tling Bethesda are still chas­ing first vic­tory

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THAT first win of the sea­son con­tin­ues to elude Bethesda RFC af­ter seven at­tempts – but the spirit they showed in last Satur­day’s 33-22 de­feat at Ruthin sug­gested a much-sought-af­ter vic­tory may not be too far away.

Both teams served up a thrilling game at Cae Ddol with a com­bi­na­tion of dogged de­fence and open at­tack­ing rugby.

Cen­tre Dafydd Lloyd put Ruthin ahead within five min­utes of the start with a try be­neath the posts which fly-half Nathan Jones con­verted.

Pesda re­sponded pos­i­tively and Ruthin had to de­fend well against a fast-run­ning vis­it­ing at­tack be­fore they re­duced the ar­rears with a penalty af­ter 10 min­utes from stand-off Rhys Jones.

Picture: JOHN PALMER The Og­wen side missed a chance to nar­row the gap when a penalty kick went wide and even­tu­ally the Blues cleared their lines.

It was now the vis­i­tors’ turn to de­fend. Ruthin were scrum­mag­ing well and on 40 min­utes, af­ter a scrum mid­way in Pesda’s half, wing Josh Wil­son darted over for a try be­tween the posts with Jones con­vert­ing.

Straight af­ter the break Blues full-back Jamie Jones forced his way through the de­fence and over the white­wash with Nathan Jones adding the bonus.

Within two min­utes Ruthin got their bonus point try when Wil­son ran from his own 22 and scored. At 26-3 up af­ter 50 min­utes play, one might have thought the game was over but the vis­i­tors were hav­ing none of it and af­ter a short pe­riod of Pesda pres­sure Rhys Jones bagged a try which he con­verted.

The Blues re­sponded and although Pesda de­fended well for 10 min­utes or so even­tu­ally Lloyd got through for his sec­ond try again con­verted by Jones. Pesda ral­lied and on 70 and 79 min­utes Rhys Jones and El­lis Jones scored two good tries, both with runs from near half­way, one of which was con­verted. The game which was a credit to both sides.

Bethesda will try again at home to Caernar­fon this Satur­day.

Bethesda look to halt Ruthin

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