An interesting encounter was witnessed at Llwyn Gell between two sides who were desperately seeking league points to stave off possible relegation fears. On this occasions it was Caernarfon who remained the most composed and were consequently deserving of their 31 -22 victory.
Cofi stand off Aled Jones was a thorn in Bro's side throughout by consistently gaining valuable meters when putting boot to ball to relieve pressure and by so doing often giving the Cofis a platform to attack from. Within the first ten minutes such an acquired foothold in the danger zone led to Iolo Hughes opting to chip through and as a week previously, he won the chase to score between the sticks. Jones added the extras to add to Caernarfon's account.
Makeshift centre Marc Morris closed most midfield avenues and secured numerous valuable turnovers for Bro, one led to an offside call against the Cofis and Huw James duly slotted the penalty to claw three points back on fifteen minutes. Caernarfon however soon extended their lead when lineout ball was spread wide and wing Dylan Gwyn outfoxed numerous defenders and far too easily wriggled free to sprint in and score. Again Aled Jones slotted the conversion but on this occasion from an acute angle.
The Cofis were apt at preventing any possible breakout by Bro with flanker Michael Downey Velcro-like around the ankles of any green ball carrier. However a sixty yard Huw James touch finder towards the end of the first half lifted home spirits and when a penalty was awarded for illegally preventing a rolling maul Bro opted for a set scrum to assert further pressure. The customary solid Bro platform provided a quick pop pass to on rushing centre Marc Morris, who's angled run caused enough confusion within Cofi ranks to grant him a deserved five pointer. James added the extras to reduce the deficit to four points.
However there remained enough time for a further Bro transgression to result in the issuing of a yellow card and further punishment when Aled Jones duly dispatched the resultant penalty.
The Cofis had the aid of the slope during the second half and soon added to their tally when Number 8, Mac Jones gathered and burst through numerous tackles to free himself before sprinting clear over the final twenty meters to score. Jones again added the conversion. Before Bro had composed themselves a speculative downfield punt brought a fortuitous bounce as far as Caernarfon were concerned with the ball nestling kindly in speedster Dylan Gwyn's hands, who then ran in unchallenged and with yet another Aled Jones conversion, opened a challenging twenty one point gap for the quarrymen to try and overhaul during the final half hour.
To their credit they fought back manfully using their heavier pack to good effect. Penalties were drilled into the danger zone to make use of driving line outs that were a certain meter gaining ploy as far as Bro were concerned. One such tactic paid dividends some ten minutes later when after a series of drives, Tom James was at hand to plough over. Huw James slotted the conversion from an acute angle to raise the spirits of the home supporters. It was then that a few rash individual decisions denied Bro promising attacking platforms and allowed the Cofis to clear their lines with relative ease.
The reduction of the Cofi squad following the issue of another yellow card raised Bro's hopes and with ten minutes remaining following numerous strong runs by prop Paul Kalafusz, Tom James repeated his earlier feat by being in the right place at the rear of another rolling line out maul to touchdown on the try line. The conversion drifted narrowly wide meaning that another two scores were required. Caernarfon could be credited for their game management during the run in, kicking intelligently and defending resolutely to keep Bro within their own half for most of the final minutes and by so doing denying them a losing bonus point as well.
In retrospect in would appear now that both teams should see out the season believing that their place in Division 1 North is secure for yet another season.
Updated 10:56 - 15 Apr 2018 by Gary Williams