Pesda try for win hat-trick

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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.

Pic­ture: IAN HORS­MAN, Triple Ef­fect Photography

● Llangefni full back Greg Hors­man breaks through the Bethesda three-quar­ters

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