Bat­tling Bala add to Cofis woes in league

Caernarfon Herald - - SPORT -

CPix: RICHARD BIRCH AERNARFON will look to end a run of three straight league de­feats when they travel to Bro Ffes­tin­iog for a Di­vi­sion One North clash this Satur­day.

The lat­est set­back for the Cofis came last week­end at Y Morfa when they went down 18-5 to a tena­cious Bala in a league and North Wales Cup dou­ble header.

Caernar­fon could claim to have had the as­cen­dancy as re­gards posses­sion and ter­ri­tory but only on one soli­tary oc­ca­sion did the vis­it­ing de­fence yield, hav­ing gained su­pe­ri­or­ity at scrum time and at the break­down area.

Bala opened brightly, keep­ing posses­sion well and the pres­sure told when, af­ter 10 min­utes, Owain Aled slot­ted over a penalty af­ter the scrum had been wheeled.

Iolo Hughes and Adam Thomas re­sponded on be­half of the hosts but the de­fence could not be breached. Prop Thomas Gwyn­faes also led the im­pres­sive tack­ling count dur­ing this early pe­riod.

Bala cen­tre Ilan Jones then showed a ter­rific turn of pace on two oc­ca­sions to be­muse the home de­fence, the sec­ond break lead­ing to the field po­si­tion whereby slick pass­ing by sec­ond row Robin Owen led to prop Al­wyn Dy­lan plough­ing over in the cor­ner to record his first ever se­nior team try af­ter 20 min­utes.

The Cofis were given some­thing to cheer when Dafydd Lloyd Wil­liams broke through mid­field and was able to feed wing Iolo Hughes, who scarpered clear to score out wide just be­fore the halfhour.

The re­main­ing min­utes ● In the thick of the ac­tion as Caernar­fon gain a penalty saw both sides strive for against Bala as­cen­dancy but play be­came scrappy with lit­tle com­po­sure ev­i­dent, although Bala could prob­a­bly have se­cured a con­fi­dent cush­ion had not a cross­ing call de­nied them a try near the posts. They did how­ever gain three points from the boot of Owain Aled to make it 11-5 at the turn­around.

The Cofis were fac­ing the slope in the sec­ond 40 and their task be­came more dif­fi­cult as Bala pressed for­ward from the off.

Con­stant pres­sure fi­nally brought re­ward when a good off­load brought full-back Miall Roberts onto the ball at pace and at an an­gle that split the static de­fence to score a fine in­di­vid­ual try.

Owain Aled con­verted to form a not in­sur­mount­able 13-point cush­ion.

The Cofis rose to the chal­lenge for a brief pe­riod fol­low­ing the set­back but were met by very stub­born re­sis­tance in both tight and open play.

Liam Le­ung car­ried well and oth­ers at­tempted man­fully to cross the gain line. See­ing Bala stal­wart Ilan Row­lands leave the field could well have raised Cofi hopes but the likes of Iestyn Dy­lan im­me­di­ately stepped up to the mark to help form a wa­ter­tight rear­guard.

When the Cofis fi­nally crossed the try­line the melee that then en­sued pre­vented ground­ing and any hopes of a home revival was duly ex­tin­guished.

● Caernar­fon break away from the Bala tack­les and, in­set To­mos Jones makes a su­perb fly­ing tackle

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