Bridgend Ravens fell to a convincing defeat at Church Bank against high flying Llandovery on Saturday afternoon.
The Drovers put in an accomplished display to continue their fine run against the Ravens – an undefeated streak which now stretches nine years.
Bridgend did start the brighter of the two sides in the opening exchanges but the home defence repelled everything the Ravens had to offer.
Llandovery were ruthless with ball in hand and despite the best efforts of the Bridgend defence, it wouldn’t be too long before they broke the deadlock. Wing Ed Doe was adjudged to have deliberately knocked the ball on with Llandovery looking to score and was sent to the sin bin by referee Simon Rees.
The Drovers’ powerful set piece saw them cross the whitewash minutes later. Emyr Price bundled over and the impressive Jack Maynard converted.
Looking to make their man advantage count, Llandovery relentlessly attacked the visiting defence. Jack Maynard broke his way through a series of visiting tackles to get his side’s second score of the game which he converted himself.
To their credit, the visitors dug in to find a route back into the tie and after a series of positive phases, Tyler Williams came within inches of crossing. Cai Evans’ penalty in the 33rd minute was small reward for the endeavours of his side.
It was disaster for the Ravens as just before half time, Kristian Jones sliced through the Bridgend defence to get Llandovery’s third try. Maynard again converted for the final score of the first forty.
HT Llandovery 21-3 Bridgend
Things didn’t improve for the visiting side in the second half. Tyler Williams’ kick was charged by Wales 7s star Lee Williams who won the race to the line to dot down. Maynard’s converting kick was sliced wide of the sticks.
Llandovery’s back line is amongst the best in the league and Bridgend were made to pay when a loose kick was regathered by the impressive Kris Jones at full back. A series of phase play later and hooker Dafydd Hughes was over in the corner. Maynard’s radar was off for a second time as the conversion was missed.
Amidst a swathe of changes, Bridgend came back into the game and Llandovery’s Shaun Miles was carded for a wayward boot at the ruck as the visitors started to dominate.
With time running out, Ospreys youngster Cai Evans was on the end of a smart break from wing Ed Doe to get Bridgend’s first score. He duly converted from under the posts but Llandovery’s impressive defence held firm to see out victory.
Following the game, Bridgend Ravens supporters voted Ashton Evans as their man of the match. Attentions now turn to the visit of Swansea next Saturday afternoon at the earlier kick off time at 1pm.