Welshpool 1sts 0-78 Dinbych 1sts
'Pool overwhelmed by title contenders
Welshpool began the season with a heavy defeat at home to Dinbych, who set the bar for the rest of the division with this twelve try victory.
Despite the scoreline, it was the home side who began the game the better, keeping their opponents pinned into their own 22 for much of the opening ten minutes of the game. Whilst there were scoring opportunities, Dinbych were able to soak up the pressure and opened their scoring after ten minutes with a converted try.
Welshpool continued to battle hard, but were unable to deal with the excellent Dinbych backline and conceded a further three scores before half time, giving Dinbych a 0-28 lead.
For much of the second half, Dinbych were on fire, running in a further eight tries to complete a successful start to their season. However, as at the start of the game, the end of the match belonged to Welshpool, who came close to scoring on several occasions. The manner in which Dinbych held out from these attacks was as impressive in its own way as their attacking play had been, and showed why they are deservedly being talked about as title challengers.
Elsewhere in Division 2 North, Abergele were narrow winners by 6-11 at Llangollen, whilst Bangor made a strong statement of intent with a 21-17 victory over Newtown. Shotton Steel took second place in the table courtesy of a 5-45 victory at Rhyl, whilst Harlech were unable to raise a side for their game at Wrexham, which will likely see them docked four points, and can only be seen as an ominous sign for the seasiders.
Next week, Welshpool face another side who will be looking for promotion, as they make the short journey to take on COBRA. Rhyl will be hoping to bounce back from their opening day defeat when they travel to Abergele, who will be hoping for a more convincing display than this weekend's narrow win, whilst Dinbych will be looking for another strong victory as they host Llangollen. In the second of two Montgomeryshire derbies, Newtown host Llanidloes, whilst Harlech host Bangor and Shotton Steel host Wrexham.
Welshpool: Tom Manuel, Connor Thornton, Ryan Manuel, Tomos Holloway, Toby Hodgson, Lee Richards, Joe Stranks (C), Ally Evans, Euan Harris, Tom Williams, Paul Davies, Tom Davies, Remus Blower, Harry Davies, Matt Roberts
Replacements: Jamie Evans, Kieron Evans, Owain Watkins, Declan Price