No Losers in Betws on Boxing Day
Honours were even in the Warriors 1st ever Boxing Day Fixture
The Warriors club's never ending quest to give their players rugby experiences ticked another box on Boxing Day. While the club have played between themselves, this was the 1st time they had played a full fixture on Boxing Day.
unburdened by the need to win, it was an entertaining match with enjoyment the first priority of the day. Not that it wasn't keenly contested and the referee did an excellent job maintaining enough discipline whilst letting the game flow. Even so there were a couple of cards and plenty of bite and no doubt some sore bodies afterwards.
As one would expect both sides were disrupted by the holiday season with some key players missing but others able to make a rare appearance. Betws welcomed back Nathan Chapman while for the Warriors it was a swan song of one of their leading lights - Dean Gilasbey bowing out after 20 odd seasons.
The club's have a strong relationship and there were big bragging rights on the line so Warriors Captain Rich Evans had no hesitation in opting for a kick at goal early on which gave the Warriors the lead. They extended it when Nathan Murphy hacked through and won a foot race to the line.
Betws hit back through a flowing move finished off by Dan Thomas and so the game continued, nip and tuck with neither side able to get any clear dominance.
Andrew Davies and Darren Pollitt did well for the Warriors supplying the backs with good ball whilst Dai Haines and debutant James Duke carried well. For Betws, Cellan Davies was as attritional as ever whilst Matthew Anderson caught the eye with some entertaining touches.
Both sides fluffed chances to score, Davies and Fussell in the act of scoring whilst Betws blew clear overlaps on a couple of occasions.
As time ticked away the Warriors were 5 points up but a penalty to secure the game hit the post and despite some frantic defending Betws were able to work themselves up field and squeeze over with just 2 minutes on the clock. The successful conversion brought the score level and despite a last ditch attack from the visitors, that's the way the score stayed.
A great game and a great occasion both clubs hope it will become an annual event.
Warriors: Andrew Ladd (Gareth Comley), Gareth Ladd, Dean Gilasbey, Nathan Murphy, Simon Day, Jamie Evans, Craig James, Mark Lewis, Richard Evans (Cpt.) (James Duke), Dai Haines (Wayne Williams), John Horwood (Darren Pollitt), Andrew Davies, Adam Fussell, Simon Jenkins, Gwilym Lewis
Betws: Dale Barfoot, Hugh Conway, Mark Rewston, Richie Griffiths, Anthony O'Neil, Anthony Drew, Anthony Smith, Matthew Anderson, Cellan Davies, Dan Thomas, Mathew Rees, Gavin Rees, Wayne Williams, Andrew Davies, Nathan Chapman,