Dragons remain top despite narrow loss
2nd Team Captain Tom Evans & his team travelled to Parc Bodegroes for a top of the league clash against Pwllheli 2nds.
Despite suffering a narrow defeat in a top of the table clash with only a losing bonus point gained against their closest rivals, a youthful Dinbych Seconds still continue to head the Division 3 North table. Yet this was a game they could and should have won as they led for large parts of a free flowing encounter. After leading by seven points to five at the interval they were overtaken by a well drilled Pwllheli side who dominated the final quarter of the match.
Dinbych opened the scoring in the 13th minute after a number of forward drives when makeshift scrum half Jac Jones sniped over for a try from short range following a quickly taken tap penalty. Full back Ben Reed added the conversion points. The Dinbych pack provided a stream of possession from both lines out and scrums as well as making ground through close driving play with Joe Davies revelling in his move to No.8 being difficult for the Pwllheli defenders to halt with his poweful surges. Pwllheli however competed fiercely at the breakdown to slow Dinbych possession and they eventually reduced the deficit just before the interval as they scored an unconverted try in the corner.
Dinbych again started the second half well as they extended their lead from a reset short range scrum after the forwards turned over possession which allowed outside half Tom Evans to force his way over for a try again converted by Ben Reed. Pwllheli soon replied taking advantage of a lax Dinbych defence to score a converted try from a solo run from a tap penalty thirty metres out. The hosts then went ahead for the first time when Dinbych were penalised 15 metres from in front of their posts.
Dinbych responded well as they strung together a number of attacks deep into Pwllheli territory with veteran prop Osian Hedd Williams excelling in the loose with good support play. They regained the lead after Joe Davies again made the hard yards to give lock Jonathan Morgan the opportunity to burst through several tackles to cross wide out for an unconverted try. This should have been the springboard for further scores by Dinbych but it was the hosts who finished the game the stronger as they capitalised on a number of Dinbych errors. Missed tackles and a failure to deal with tactical kicks led to more of the game being played in the Dinbych 22 with Pwllheli regaining the lead with an unconverted try following a period of heavy pressure near the visitors line. The hosts made the game safe when they kicked a last minute penalty after Dinbych offended at a maul 15 metres in front of their posts. Dinbych will have an immediate chance for revenge as they host Pwllheli at Caeau Les Phillips in the First Round of the Welsh Bowl competition this Saturday.