Battling Bala add to Cofis woes in league
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