Battling Betws look forward to better days
2:08pm Monday 21st October 2013 in Sport
Division Four South West
Briton Ferry 27 Betws 3
Despite defeat, there were encouraging signs for Betws as Wayne Comely returned to add power and experience to the pack while Wayne Williams joined the club as forwards coach.
Unlike previous weeks Betws were at least able to put out a competitive team and the forwards duly obliged as they tore into the homesters from the start.
Wayne and Gareth Comely were heavily involved in the powerful forward effort, with captain and second-row Arwel Davies also leading by example.
Betws proceeded to apply the pressure throughout the first half but were guilty of wasting good opportunities to turn territorial advantage into points, with only a penalty from wing Rhys Williams to show for their efforts.
And they paid the price for their wastefulness.
A rare visit into the visitors’ half enabled the bigger home forwards to put in a powerful drive which resulted in a quickly-taken penalty that allowed wing forward Gavin Jeffreys to pounce for a try, and a fortunate 5-3 half time lead.
In the second half, the hosts used the slope advantage to keep Betws penned deep in their own half in heavy conditions.
The homesters applied constant pressure through their superior lineout and powerful catch-and-drive play.
Although Betws were able to defend the tactic they were unable to stop scrum-half Julian Knight and centre Jamie Hopkins taking advantage of the gaps created. A conversion and a further penalty put the homesters well in control at 20-3 midway through the half.
Betws continued to battle for that elusive try with young scrum-half Steffan James leading the effort, but unfortunately a breakaway in the last minute allowed the homesters to grab a bonus point for their fourth score.
The exciting new Betws coaching set up of Chris Morgan and Williams will have been encouraged by parts of the performance, but know they have a challenge ahead.
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