The game commenced, evenly balanced in terms of possession and attacking opportunities, but Ponty mostly pinned back in their own half. An outside break at pace from winger Lewis Williams gave the visitors some impetus upfield, both sides so far sniping away but failing to threaten a score. As Bedwas kept up a sustained period of pressure, they took play right up to their opponents’ line, with outside half John Welch breaking through for a try.
Ponty were struggling to achieve any fluency in their play, but a series of determined charges enabling them to advance into the home twenty-two, the forwards driving on for prop Pat Palmer to claim a try, levelling the scores with eighteen minutes gone. The visitors now seemed to be settling into their game plan, keeping the ball in hand and going close to scoring as a Kristian Baller cross kick just eluded the chasing backs. The contest continued to fluctuate as Bedwas produced a period of pressure, before Ponty once more stepped up a gear, carrying the ball up effectively and showing good support skills, allowing centre Adam Thomas to hoist over a penalty kick. Playing through numerous phases Ponty continued to press forward, setting up a position for no8 Nathan Strong to barge over for a try, the score converted by Baller. Straight from the restart, Ponty cut loose with Adam Thomas leading the line, the ball spread wide for winger Lewis Williams to cross for a try, Baller’s conversion extending their lead to 5pts to 22 at the interval.
Bedwas began the second period forcefully, winger Matthew Pizey running through some indifferent tackling to cross for an early try which was converted by Phil Dollman. An excellent gather and counter break at pace from Lawrence Price gave Ponty an opportunity to strike back, a fine phase of support play to follow allowing winger Williams to cross for another try.
Just as Ponty seemed to be taking a grip on the game, Bedwas responded with a counter offensive, an opportunist kick and chase resulting in a try scored by winger Jimmy Norris. Both sides were willing to have a go in attack, but Ponty then attempting to play out of their own twenty-two, playing into trouble and allowing home full back Stuart Thomas to cross for a try with sixty-one minutes gone. A game which had seemed to be going Ponty’s way was now back in the melting pot, and Bedwas pushing further into contention as winger Norris instigated and then rounded off a good support move with a try in the corner, the conversion attempt rebounding off a post.
The scores were level 27pts apiece with a quarter of an hour remaining and the game there for the taking. Ponty however were stalling in their efforts, failing to clear their lines and failing to build up any momentum in attack. More Bedwas pressure, piled on a faltering Ponty defence, resulted in another try for Jimmy Norris, the score converted from in front of the posts by Dollman. The Ponty line-out was malfunctioning and handling errors blighting their game, Bedwas making the most of their opportunities by kicking for territory. Into injury time, as Ponty once more came unstuck running the ball from in front of their own line, Bedwas pounced for a killer score, the try scored by flanker Stuart Phillips and converted by Dollman, denying Ponty an additional losing bonus point. Full credit to Bedwas who had refused to concede a game that at one stage seemed beyond them, condemning a shell shocked Pontypridd to defeat by 41pts to 27.
15.Lawrence Price. 14.Lewis Williams (Mike Davies). 13.Gavin Dacey. 12.Adam Thomas. 11.Chris Clayton. 10.Kristian Baller (Dean Gunter). 9.Rhys Downes (Andrew Jenkins).
1.Stuart Williams (Sam Hobbs). 2.Rhys Williams (Leighton Davies). 3.Pat Palmer (Ryan Harford). 4.Chris Martenko. 5.Ryan Savage. 6.Chris Dicomidis. 7.Geraint Lewis. 8.Nathan Strong – cpt.