Second half pressure tells on Dinbych
Llandudno travelled to Caeau Les Phillips with the top spot firmly in their sights.
This five try bonus point victory by Llandudno allowed them to leapfrog Nant Conwy to the top of Division 1 North. In a game of two halves influenced by a stiff breeze blowing directly down the field Dinbych dominated the first half but failed to take their chances when attacking close to the Llandudno line. This was in contrast to the visitors who were much more clinical with the elements in their favour in the second half when they notched up four tries for a convincing victory.
Dinbych started well with the wind at their back and the forwards doing particularly well in the scrums where props Gareth Jones and Joe Davies provided a strong platform. With Dinbych dominating both territory and possession half backs Jordan Wynne and Garin Roberts were able to initiate a series of attacks. However they were never able to breach a watertight Llandudno defence with the visitors also strong at the breakdown which disrupted Dinbych's momentum. The hosts also failed to capitalised on one of their normal strengths as they lost possession at a number of short range attacking line-outs to let Llandudno off the hook. Llandudno always looked dangerous especially when they moved the ball through the backs and Dinbych were given a warning after half an hour in a rare Llandudno range attack into home territory when the visitors just failed to score from chasing a kick over the line. With Dinbych then depleted for a sin binning offence the visitors did however open the scoring in the last minute of the half when Dan O'Sullivan finished off another incisive attack from a line out near half way for a try which full back Ryan Pyke converted.
Llandudno again made their numerical advantage count in the opening minutes of the second half as they now dominated territorially and they increased their lead after Dinbych lost possession at a line out near their line from which centre and captain Ed Weston crossed for a try after the visitors exerted heavy pressure. They went further ahead following another short range line out from which the forwards generated a driving maul for hooker Alan Meredith to claim the touch down. Ed Weston then crossed for his second and Llandudno's bonus point try capitalising on slick handling following a scrum to the right of the posts after another period of heavy pressure near the Dinbych line. Ryan Pyke added the conversion points to all three tries before he finished off a break from a scrum 40 metres out for a try which he failed to convert.
Although outgunned in the second half Dinbych heads never dropped as they attempted to attack at every opportunity and they got some reward for their efforts with a consolation score in the closing minutes when they launched a number of attacks into Llandudno territory. A strong burst by Gareth Jones was the catalyst leading to recycling possession from a maul inside the visitor's 22 with Gareth Beach flicking a pass on to replacement flanker Tom Eden to go over for an unconverted try.