Bridge rally in vain at Mach

Bangor Mail - - MOTORS -

ME­NAI Bridge went down 36-12 in their lat­est Di­vi­sion Three North game at Machyn­l­leth.

De­spite play­ing with the el­e­ments on a wet and windy day, Bridge failed to take ad­van­tage in the first half.

The home side threat­ened con­stantly with strong for­ward surges bring­ing their tal­ented back-line into the game. Mach opened the scor­ing with a try for full-back Ryan Black­ley. Bridge had penalty op­por­tu­ni­ties but squan­dered the chance to pull ahead, fail­ing to find the mark with two shots at goal. Mach scored fur­ther tries through Cai Lewis and Kameron Sim­mon­sSandy for a 17-0 half-time lead.

To their credit, the An­gle­sey vis­i­tors ral­lied and pressed the home try-line. The fi­nal play of the first half saw No 8 Chris Roberts fail­ing to ground the ball for what would have been a de­served away try.

Mach started the sec­ond half well and were soon on the score­sheet as Ste­fan Price pow­ered over for a try. This was soon fol­lowed by an­other for prop Gareth Thomas.

At 29-0 down, things looked bleak for Bridge. How­ever, their scrum was hold­ing up well and the for­wards en­joyed more posses­sion.

They were re­warded with a try for Chris Roberts that came from scrum pres­sure. Mach ral­lied and Sim­mons-Sandy scored his sec­ond try.

Bridge were not con­tent with a sin­gle con­so­la­tion try and pressed hard. Mach were guilty of con­ced­ing penal­ties and fi­nally as Pat Roberts was de­nied a touch­down, the ref­eree gave a penalty try for per­sis­tent of­fend­ing.

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