“An error ridden game in which we were always second best” said a disappointed head coach Matthew Bolton “Unfortunately we seem to be making the same mistakes when not under any real pressure and with a side as good as Bargoed you cannot gift them so many opportunities”
“Its not the effort but our execution of some of the basics that lets us down” added manager Luke Burton.
On a cold but dry night at the Memorial ground the visitors began strongly from the off. Going through the phases they put pressure on the Wanderers defence with their powerful pack to the fore. Declining early chances at three points they elected to take scrums near the home side line. The Wanderers held firm and a penalty, after sterling defence, seemed to ease the pressure but a missed touch put the pressure straight back on the home side and after more phase play James Pizey went over to open the scoring. The Wanderers hit straight back and after establishing a foothold in the visitors 22, Tom James sneaked through a gap on the blindside of a ruck to level the scores, 5-5. The game ebbed and flowed but the pressure soon mounted on the home side, compounded by some basic mistakes when handling the ball. The visitors edged in front after a move of several phases when Lewis Prothero crossed and Josh Prosser converted 5-12. As the half entered its final 10 minutes the Wanderers gifted two chances to the visitors and Bargoed snapped them up with ease. First Grant Rogers and then Andrew MacLauchlan crossed to send the visitors in with a healthy half time lead at 5-24.
The second half was littered with both sides making mistakes when scoring chances arose. Time and time again poor handling and poor execution left both sets of supporters frustrated. The wanderers had a brief moment of cheer when Owen Marshall grabbed a bouncing ball and he rounded the defence to score but otherwise both side cancelled each other out. Eventually Bargoed extended their lead to put the game to bed after Dafydd carter converted his own try and despite both sides ringing the changes neither team could find the spark to ignite the game. Final Score 12-24.
match pics: http://www.flickr.com/photos/12570451@N04/