Bethesda RFC | 1st Team 7 - 12 Caernarfon RFC | 1st Team

Match Report
19 February 2017 / Team News

Bethesda 7 - Caernarfon 12

Bethesda  7  Caernarfon  12.

Caernarfon, with the amount of possession at their disposal should possibly have ensured a far more convincing victory but this was Bethesda at Bethesda, a different proposition, and their combined stubborn resistance nearly saw them hold on to take the spoils.

The game was keenly contested from the off with both defences nullifying any possibility of sustained fluidity thus meaning that the match official was kept busy at the breakdown.

Caernarfon stand off Carwyn Roberts showed good hands and timely distribution skills to grant Iolo Hughes a promising line break early on but with twelve minutes played his own charge and link with Dom Yau led to wing Liam Hughes gathering and cutting inside his opposite number to cross the whitewash and open the scoring.

Two Cofi penalty attempts failed to master the cross field wind and gradually Bethesda began to secure their share of possession with Paul Thomas instrumental in leading charges around the fringes. With just over thirty minutes played Bethesda's harassing paid dividends as a loose Cofi pass led to a dropped ball in mid field that winger Alwyn Roberts  was able to hack on and win the chase to collect and ground by the posts to level the scores. Captain Carwyn Williams added the conversion to give Bethesda a two point advantage at half time.

Caernarfon opened the second half brightly with Mac Jones charging effectively to gain ground, numerous other line breaks were thwarted by ankle taps that allowed Bethesda to regroup and nullify the threat. With other missed penalty attempts it soon became apparent that the next score would be vital as regards the outcome of the game. Bethesda however were finding it difficult to gain a foothold in Cofi territory with the defensive capabilities of centre Dafydd Lloyd Hughes a formidable barrier. Stand in scrum half Mike Downey was also one who frustrated Bethesda, being dominant as regards gain line charges  and distributing well throughout.

With time ebbing away a penalty brought the Cofis deep into Bethesda territory and the trusted lineout take set up what was to become the match winner. Roberts again brought Iolo Hughes on to the ball at pace in mid field and on this occasion he broke the attempted tackle and was then focused solely on sprinting clear to score a fine individual effort. Replacement Aled Jones stepped up to slot the conversion to ensure a five point advantage.

The Cofis were surprised to note that seven minutes were to be added but their series of pick up a goes consolidated their position in the Bethesda half thus preventing any possible home team comeback at the death.

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