Bridgend Ravens fell to an agonising last minute defeat against Bedwas at the Bridgend Ford Brewery Field.
The visitors got on the scoreboard first with an early penalty goal from Richard Powell. James Dixon then landed two of his own to edge the Ravens ahead.
The game lacked tempo as both teams were guilty of making mistakes but the Ravens managed to add to their lead with 35 minutes on the clock. A quick tap penalty on halfway from the hosts caught the Bedwas defenders off guard as they failed to retreat 10 metres. Dixon slotted the resulting penalty to put the Ravens six points ahead.
It didn't take long for the visitors to hit back as indiscipline from the Ravens handed Powell the chance to claw back three points. The Fly Half landed the penalty as the half seemed to be drawing to a close.
Bridgend ended the half in fine fashion with a well worked try from Adam Williams. A great break deep in his own half from Andrew Waite lead to the visitors conceding a cynical penalty. Dixon's fine strike to touch gave the Ravens great field position, and they were able to make the most of it. A neat lineout move saw a quick, strong drive from the forwards before the ball was spread wide. A fine break by centre Williams, showing his strength and pace, was finished under the posts. Dixon added the extras to give Bridgend a 10 point halftime lead.
HT: Bridgend 16-6 Bedwas
The second half started in the same way as the first with visiting Fly Half Powell slotting his third penalty of the game to reduce the deficit.
The Ravens played some exciting running rugby throughout the second half but were never able to add to their lead.
It was Bedwas that were able to draw the scores level with 60 minutes on the clock. A Clearance kick out on the full handed the visitors great field position. A sweeping move from one side of the pitch to the other, sucking in defenders on the way left a big overlap and winger Rory Budina went over out wide. An excellent conversion from replacement Jack Maynard tied the score at 16 all.
The visitors were nearly able to add to their tally as a strong break saw Bedwas charge upfield. A great last ditch defensive effort saw the ball knocked on over the line as the Ravens survived for the time being.
Both sides missed penalties as the game looked to be heading for a draw, but it was to end in heartbreak for the Ravens as the visitors best attack of the match came with the clock in the red. Bridgend did well to hold out the initial overlap out wide bit quick recycling left the Ravens short of defenders as prop Dan Preece bundled over under the posts. Maynard converted to give Bedwas a seven point win.
FT: Bridgend 16-23 BedwasBridgend Scorers: Try: Adam Williams, Con: James Dixon, Pens: James Dixon (3).