Pesda’s pluck earns change in their luck

Caernarfon Herald - - SPORT -

CAERNAR­FON Rugby Club will have been less than im­pressed at be­com­ing the first team to lose to Bethesda in Di­vi­sion One North this sea­son last week­end.

Pesda se­cured their first league win of the cam­paign at the eighth at­tempt as they over­came the Cofis 14-10 at Dol Ddafydd.

The re­sult was not a com­plete sur­prise as Pesda had been knock­ing at the vic­tory door on a few oc­ca­sions pre­vi­ously this term, but their luck had been out un­til the ta­bles turned last Satur­day.

Caernar­fon took the lead af­ter three min­utes play through an Aled Jones penalty but Bethesda drew level from a Gethin Long kick on 10.

Long looked dan­ger­ous through­out the match gain­ing good ground from his side-step­ping play and qual­ity kicks.

With the Bethesda for­wards in charge and the home half-backs work­ing well, wing Gwion Wil­liams scored a try fol­low­ing a pe­riod of pres­sure.

Long’s con­ver­sion at­tempt nar­rowly failed.

Both sets of sup­port­ers were well en­ter­tained as their teams en­deav­oured to run the ball on most oc­ca­sions and the half fin­ished with an­other Long penalty giv­ing the home side an 11-3 lead.

Bethesda’s dom­i­nance con­tin­ued in the sec­ond pe­riod with Long slot­ting over an­other penalty kick af­ter seven min­utes.

The Caernar­fon play­ers hardly got out of their own half un­til a shock hap­pened af­ter 70 min­utes’ play. With Bethesda press­ing on the vis­i­tors try-line, the Cofis full back Jones in­ter­cepted what looked like a scor­ing pass. He ran the length of the pitch to score a fine try in the corner be­fore kick­ing the con­ver­sion, mak­ing the score 14-10 to set up an anx­ious last 10 min­utes for the home sup­port­ers.

How­ever, the home for­wards man­aged to keep the ball for the rest of the match to se­cure a nar­row but de­served vic­tory that lifted Bethesda off the base­ment.

Caernar­fon lie eighth af­ter nine matches which have brought six de­feats. This Satur­day sees the Cofis face a tricky trip to Ruthin. ● Bro Ffes­tin­iog will have been in high spir­its af­ter a 21-0 home tri­umph over Ruthin at Cae Do­lawel.

Play­ing down the slope, Bro kicked off straight into touch. At the re­sult­ing scrum Ruthin were pe­nalised, Bro boosted into touch down­field and the vis­i­tors barely got out of their own half for the next 30 min­utes.

Bro scored three tries in this pe­riod through Llion Kerry, Ian Roberts and Matthew Wil­liams, all con­verted by Gareth Davies.

Af­ter half an hour Ruthin at last be­gan to get into the game. The scrum sta­bilised and they started to spend time in their op­po­nents’ half, but de­spite their Pic­ture: RICHARD BIRCH promis­ing field po­si­tion they were un­able to score as pos­ses­sion was lost through poor han­dling and de­ci­sion­mak­ing.

The sec­ond half was very much a mir­ror im­age of the first with Ruthin play­ing down­hill and en­joy­ing the lion’s share of pos­ses­sion, but un­able to breach the Bro de­fence.

The Quar­ry­men al­most grabbed a sucker punch fourth try near the end only for mis­han­dling to let them down.

Caernar­fon’s Car­wyn Roberts tries to break away from these Bethesda tack­les.

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