Resurgent Benllech maintain home form.
An ever-improving Benllech maintained their unbeaten home record for 2012 with a 16 – 5 victory over higher placed rivals, Harlech in this excellently contested Division 3 North fixture.
Both teams started strongly with Harlech edging the early exchanges with some good pressure in the Benllech half. However the Islanders defence remained resolute.
Despite being starved of possession for more than 10 minutes the Benllech pack began to show their dominance following some Harlech indiscipline - the resulting lineout, deep in Harlech territory saw some excellent interplay from the home side, with hooker Andrew Williams breaking a tackle while collecting an tidy inside ball to score under the posts – neatly converted by centre, Dyfed Roberts.
Much of the rest of the first period was fiercely contested with both sides showing some great attacking potential, but it was Benllech who were again rewarded through further Harllech indiscipline; Roberts adding the 3 points, making the score 10 – 0 at the break.
The visitors again started the second period as the stronger side, taking the game to the Islanders; their doggedness proving that they were far from out of the contest when winger Cai Edwards broke through two Benllech tacklers to score in the corner – Herlech were unable to add the conversion.
The continued dominance of Benllech’s pack was further reinforced with the availability of fresh legs as the game went on. This, combined with smooth running from the Benllech backline and some excellent decision making from fly-half Jon Snowden further contributing to the visitors’ indiscipline; centre Roberts adding a further two penalties to make the score 16 – 5 at the close.