An early exchange of penalties between the opposing outside halves, Ross Jones for Bridgend then Dai Flanagan for Ponty, got the scoreboard in motion. It was a quick tempo start to the game, both teams willing to put width and pace into their attacks, but Ponty striking first with a direct charge to their opponents’ line, centre Dafydd Lockyer crossing for a try which Flanagan converted.
Ross Jones responded with another penalty for the Ravens before a couple of injuries disrupted the flow of the game. Generating an attack from a line out take Ponty soon regained their momentum as winger Owen Williams burst through for a try which Flanagan converted. A mid range penalty kicked by Ross Jones was Bridgend’s repost before the home team struck again, showing good continuity on a counter attack rounded off with another try for Owen Williams, converted from a wide angle by Flanagan.
A fluent foray straight from the restart gave Ponty another scoring opportunity, winger Lewis Williams cruising in to touch down, his try once more converted by Flanagan. The final score of the first half however was Bridgend’s as Ross Jones hoisted over a late penalty, bringing up an interval scoreline of 31pts to 17.
The Ravens came out from the break revitalised, applying concerted pressure on the home line with hooker Matthew Dwyer going over for a close range try. Pressure was maintained and points scored as Ross Jones put over another penalty before the ball was moved wide for wing Glen Lewis to cross for a try, converted by Jones.
The third quarter of the game belonged exclusively to Bridgend, pinning Ponty back in their own half and charging down a clearance kick for full back Jamie Murphy to claim an opportunist try which gave his team a lead of 31pts to 32 with fifty-eight minutes gone. That lead was extended as Ross Jones hoisted over another penalty as Ponty seemed incapable of making any headway out of their own half.
Stung into action, Ponty finally forged some drives upfield, laying siege to the visitors’ line and sending replacement scrum half Gareth James over for a close range try, the conversion added by Flanagan. Finishing the game on a high, Ponty launched a sniping foray down the flank for Owen Williams to claim his hat trick of tries, the conversion from Flanagan sealing a victory by 45pts to 35 after a frenetic and entertaining encounter.
15.Geraint Walsh. 14.Lewis I Williams. 13.Gavin Dacey (Tom Pascoe). 12.Dafydd Lockyer – cpt. 11.Owen Williams. 10.Dai Flanagan. 9.Carl Thomas (Gareth James).
1.Scott Roberts (Stuart Williams). 2.Darran Harris (Huw Dowden). 3.Pat Palmer (Chris Phillips). 4.Craig Locke. 5.Dafydd Davies (Chris Dicomidis). 6.Ed Siggery. 7.Tom Hetherington. 8.Dan Godfrey (Jake Thomas)
“Golden Bob” man of the match: Tom Hetherington.