Brace for Cartwright in narrow defeat
A fiercely contested Pre-Season fixture saw Dinbych take on a well drilled and aggressive Bethesda under the lights at Caeau Les Phillips.
Dinbych’s second pre –season friendly proved to be a severe test with the physicality and fitness of Bethesda’s Division 1 squad stetting them a marker for them to aim at for the coming campaign. In the end it took two tries by Bethesda in the final quarter to give them victory by the narrowest of margins and overhaul a spirited Dinbych side which had been ahead for long periods in an excellent competitive encounter.
There were many positives for Dinbych as the forwards in particular battled well against Bethesda’s strong scrummaging and aggressive rucking and mauling whilst the backs showed that they are going to be a potent attacking force from any position on the field as they stretched the visitors’ defence to their limit on many occasions.
Although Dinbych were the first to attack, when Bethesda eventually turned over possession they went through multiple phases of play as they gradually took play near to the Dinbych line and finally breaching the defence to go over for a try on the narrow side of a short range ruck after only eight minutes. Dinbych took only five minutes to reply when they attacked from a line out inside the Bethesda half and good handling by the midfield backs gave left wing Dafydd Cartwright
, returning to action after a long absence to squeeze over in the corner for a try. Dan O'Sullivan
converted with an excellent kick from the touchline to give Dinbych the lead. Bethesda then hit back with a second unconverted try to regain the lead only for Dinbych again to reply with an attack deep into the Bethesda 22 on the right. Outside half Dan O'Sullivan
then took advantage following a quickly taken tap penalty to slice diagonally through the Bethesda defence and put Dafydd Cartwright
over for his second try. Dan O'Sullivan
followed this with his second conversion from wide out to give Dinbych the lead once more.
Leading by fourteen points to ten at the interval Dinbych extended their lead seven minutes into the second half when they launched an attack from deep in their half and good running and handling by the midfield backs released full back Gruff Roberts
who beat several defenders by his speedy elusive running to finish off the move from just inside the Bethesda half. Dan O'Sullivan
added his third conversion to extend Dinbych’s lead to eleven points. With both sides attempting to attack from any position the fitness and depth of Bethesda’s squad began to tell and after whittling away Dinbych’s lead with a try under the posts which they failed to convert they eventually won the match in the dying minutes with their fourth try and their only conversion gave them victory by a solitary point.
The match did highlight the difference in aggressive physicality and intensity between the two top divisions in North Wales but showed that Dinbych have the potential to be challenging for the top positions in this season’s newly created Division 2 if they take the lessons of this encouraging performance on board.