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Newtown 9 v Dolgellau 16 - match report

By Gary Williams

Following report kindly supplied by Dolgellau RFC.

Dolgellau are now hot on the heels, and only three points adrift, of 2nd placed Wrexham, with two games in hand, following this close, and potential banana skin encounter at their 4rth placed Mid-Wales rivals.

On a calm and dry evening the first half progressed as a kicking duel between Newtown stand-off Gareth Williams, and Dolgellau centre, Henri Roberts. First blood came to Williams who put his team 3-0 up after seven minutes. However Dolgellau were level five minutes later, as Henri Roberts put over his first penalty from 22 metres out. Only two minutes later Newtown were ahead again when Williams slotted over a 25m effort, following a high tackle, to make it 6-3. It was all square again going into the second quarter, as Henri Roberts also put over a penalty from 25m out, again for a high tackle. Clear cut chances were at a premium, and it was the hosts who came closest to scoring on the half hour mark, following a storming run from prop Twm Jones. 6-6 at the interval.

Dolgellau started the second period in determined mood, centre Carwyn Pugh had already come close, but after five minutes, a surging run from prop, Dewi Pugh, was cleverly switched to the blind side by scrum half, Lewis Jones, stand-off Jac Roberts, with the Newtown back line bearing down on him, got an inch perfect grubber kick through the narrowest of gaps, and winger Jake Hinge, gathered and touched down near the left touchline for the only try of the match. Centre, Henri Roberts converted magnificently to put Dolgellau ahead for the first time at 6-13.

Dolgellau wing, Gareth Hughes, was hauled down on the try line by some desperate home scramble defending after ten minutes, before the hosts clawed their way back into the match. After twenty five minutes they reduced the deficit to 9-13 with scrum half, Dewi Bowen penalty, taking over kicking duties from the injured Gareth Williams.
With three minutes remaining, Henri Roberts, sealed Dolgellau ‘s victory, with his 3rd penalty and so end the scoring and earn his team four crucial points in their quest to return to the first division come April.

Updated 21:27 - 20 Mar 2019 by Gary Williams

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