Pesda try for win hat-trick
EARLY Division One North leaders Bethesda will target a third straight victory this Saturday when they welcome Pwllheli to Dol Dafydd (2.30pm).
Pesda made it two wins on the bounce last weekend with a 26-21 verdict at Llangefni.
Although the Ogwen side scored four tries against the home side’s two, the result at Cae Smyrna hung in the balance until the final minutes.
Llangefni went ahead in the opening minutes through a Rhys Hughes penalty, but Bethesda struck back immediately with a try from prop Jack Owens.
Another Cefni penalty, via Hughes, put them 6-5 up, but, just before the break, a try from left wing Gwion Williams and Gethin Long’s conversion gave the visitors a 12-6 interval lead.
Bethesda’s replacement prop, Shaun Thomas, was yellow carded just before the interval.
The match was transformed in the third quarter when Llangefni scored two quick tries from Richard Foulkes and Greg Horsman, Hughes improving one to edge the hosts 18-12 in front.
Five minutes later, Bethesda’s lively prop Paul Thomas scored a try and Long’s conversion gave the travelling side a point advantage.
Llangefni were awarded another penalty around the halfway line but the kick was moved 10 metres closer to the posts following Bethesda’s poor discipline. Hughes’ effort was successful, making it 21-19.
Following a good period of pressure from the Bethesda forwards, the ball was moved to wing Rhys Jones who scored a fine try, convewrted by Long to seal the match.
● In Division Three North, an island derby between Menai Bridge and Llangefni seconds ended 8-8.
To say it was a tight match would be a huge understatement. The first half brought a solitary penalty for Bridge’s Dion McGrath, somewhat against the run of play.
The second half was a similar story. Cefni enjoyed the majority of territory and possession and looked threatening in attack. However, they found the Bridge defence difficult to breakdown.
Eventually, Llangefni were rewarded with a try for winger Carwyn Owen, out on the left wing. The conversion was missed but Cefni had edged a lead of five points to three. A penalty from Arwel Roberts made it 8-3.
With time running out, Bridge managed a rare foray into the Cefni half. Quick thinking Menai back rower Sam Williams went straight through a ruck, got behind the defence and raced to the line for a try that tied the scores at eight-all. The final play of the game was a conversion bid from McGrath. The ball struck the post and bounced across the face of the sticks to fall short, leaving the game tied.
● A game that was anything but tight was another all-island affair in Division Three, between Holyhead and Benllech. Last season’s runners-up Holyhead ran out resounding 86-0 winners.
In Division Two, Bangor went down 17-10 at newly-promoted Teirw Nant.
● Llangefni full back Greg Horsman breaks through the Bethesda three-quarters