Gritty Gors eye top spot after hard-fought win

South Wales Guardian: LOOKING UP: Cwmgors sit second in the table with two games in hand. LOOKING UP: Cwmgors sit second in the table with two games in hand.

Division Four South West

Cwmgors 27 Bridgend Sports 20

Cwmgors enjoyed an important win after a tough encounter against a very good Sports side. Cwm now sit in second place four points behind leaders Nantyffyllon, but with two games in hand.

The fact that no points had been scored 39 minutes into the first half showed the balance of the game.

Forwards dominated on a heavy, sapping surface, and for Cwmgors, veteran clubman Roger Bugler played from the start at second row and put in a man of the match performance alongside his son, backrow man Gethin.

Chances were few and far between early on, Lloyd Watson going closest with a first half break before being well tackled.

The Sports defence was finally breached on half-time, when lock Liam Jones crashed over from a rolling maul and Steff Rees converted.

There was still time for Bridgend to restart, go upfield and kick a penalty before the referee blew.

The game opened out in the second half as defences tired.

The visitors bagged an opening try before a Rees penalty tied the scores at 10-10.

Sports then crossed for a second try.

Another Rees penalty reduced the gap before they regained the lead when some excellent forward play culminated in Liam Jones crossing for his second of the afternoon after a line-out catch and drive. Rees converted again.

Cwm were now in the ascendency. A late try from number eight Richard Gregg, going over from the back of a scrum and converted by Rees, helped seal the victory.

One slight disappointment for the Cherries was the lack of the bonus point, but a good day at the office nonetheless.

Cwmgors entertain leaders Nantyffyllon to Parc y Werin on Saturday for a mouth-watering rearranged top of the table clash.

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