“Mixed feelings at the end of that one” commented Matthew Bolton after the draw at Beddau “On one hand it’s a very difficult place to get a result therefore great credit for the draw but we also know we had chances to take all the points”
“Sterling defence in the second half and credit to the referee who remained consistent despite often severe touchline pressure” added manager Luke Burton.
On a bright afternoon in Beddau the Wanderers had first use of the slope and they began brightly taking play deep into the home side 22. Quick recycling put pressure on Beddau and when they transgressed at a ruck Ianto Griffiths stepped up to open the scoring 0-3. The game then went through a phase of aerial tennis with neither side gaining any real advantage. Both sides struggled to bring any continuity to their play with the home side preferring the close order driving whilst the Wanderers looked to move the ball wide when chances arose. The outside halves of both sides had penalty chances but the score remained at 0-3 until a neat move by the visitors in midfield sent Lloyd Chalke through. He fed Ed Doe who cantered over in the corner for the first try of the game. Griffiths converted from out wide and the visitors were ahead 0-10. The game continued in a somewhat disjointed fashion but as the half progressed the home side came more and more into the contest. From one break in midfield a near certain try was halted illegally and Andrew Bradbury saw yellow. From the penalty Beddau opened their account 3-10. The Wanderers continued to create chances but, as has befallen the visitors all season, poor execution when in the opposition half let them down. With a man down they defended valiantly and just before half time when back up to 15, Josh Hurley was late tackled and from the resulting penalty Griffiths stepped up to put the sides into the break 3-13.
The second half began with both sides making changes in order to alter the game dynamic. The Wanderers supporters were a little apprehensive as they have seen many a half time lead lost at Beddau as the home side gets a head of steam up down the slope. Behind an ever more powerful scrum the home side started to exert some early pressure. A series of early penalties against the visitors were declined in favour of driving lineouts but the Wanderers defence was valiant in its repelling of all attacks. The game became camped in the visitors half but despite the abundance of possession the home side struggled to break through. Time and time again the Wanderers midfield snuffed out attacks but eventually something had to give. When a scrum near the visitor’s line set up a chance the Beddau backs went blind and crashed over in the corner to reduce the arrears 8-13. The home side now sniffed a victory and they piled on the pressure. Again and again they attacked and the visitors were forced into living off scraps. As the game entered its final minutes Beddau scored again to level the scores 13-13 but the conversion was missed again. In injury time the Wanderers had a brief respite and established a rare field position in the Beddau half only to give the ball away again and allow one last attack. As happened last week the game ended on a penalty to the visitors who kicked the ball dead and took away a deserved draw from a tough away fixture.
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