Twelve try thriller at Caeau Les Phillips
The closing fixture of the season for Dinbych's Dragons saw them lock horns with a tenacious Machynlleth side.
Dinbych Seconds ended their first season in the Welsh National league structure in fine style with a narrow victory over Machynlleth in a free flowing game with both sides sharing twelve tries with six apiece and the difference being the better conversion rate by Dinbych. Dinbych owed their victory to the possession from their hard working pack which dominated the scrums thanks to the Davies front row of Joe, Elliott and Tom with lock Richard Williams providing a stream of quality possession from the line out.
The forwards also combined well in the loose with driving play by No.8 John Winning and lock Rory Tolley also causing havoc with strong runs through the heart of the visitors defence. Machynlleth on the other hand attacked mainly through their speedy and dangerous back division which stretched the Dinbych defence to its limits on several occasions.
Dinbych started well, dominating the early exchanges as they went through multiple phases of play through good support work but it was the visitors who opened the scoring against the run of play in the seventh minute as they counter attacked from their own half for full back Kameron Simmonds to go over in the corner for an unconverted try. They increased their lead six minutes later as the backs again broke through the Dinbych defence for wing James Owen to cross for a try converted by scrum half Gruff Jones.
Dinbych replied mid way through the half when centre Alun Davies went over for a try after a period of Dinbych pressure near the Machynlleth line. Rory Tolley then added a second after an initial burst by Joe Davies with the conversion by wing Ben Reed levelling the scores. Dinbych then went ahead just before the interval when Dafydd Cartwright making a rare appearance out of position at scrum half went over for a try after a solo effort from a scrum on the Machynlleth 22 with Ben Reed's conversion giving the hosts a 19 points to 12 lead at half time.
Dinbych increased their lead in the opening minutes of the second half when flanker Arwyn Williams crossed for a try converted by Ben Reed and then added a second with a spectacular run from his own half this time converted by Alun Davies. Now leading by 33 points to 12, Dinbych were then jolted as Machynlleth struck back with three tries in as many minutes through Kameron Simmonds, prop Rob Mercer and centre Ryan Blockley which brought Machynlleth back to within one score.
Dinbych then sent on a raft of replacements including veterans Osian Hedd Williams and Ian Davies who shared the field for the first time with son Joe. This seemed to have the desired effect as Dinbych edged ahead once more with a second try for Alun Davies after a period of heavy pressure near the Machynlleth line. Ben Reed's conversion took them two scores ahead only for Machynlleth to claw their way back again with a second try by Brian Blockley this time converted by Kameron Simmonds which again brought them to within six points of Dinbych. Fortunately for the hosts they managed to hold out in the gathering gloom to gain the victory after a cracking match between two competitive sides.