BEDWAS sent West Walian rivals packing as they recorded their third win in seven days in probably their best start to a league campaign in recent memory, writes John Meredith.
Llanelli took the lead after one minute courtesy of a Jordan Williams penalty after the home side were penalised for holding back a player in front of the posts.
Bedwas hit back from an attacking lineout. Scott Williams made a break and set up a try for number 8 Sam Feehan, who powered through, Powell converted, and then added a penalty to put his side 10-3 ahead after Llanelli were penalised at a ruck.
Llanelli hit back with a second Williams penalty after Bedwas were adjudged offside. Bedwas defended with great resolve before Llanelli wing Bowdy Davies scored a good try, Williams adding the conversion. Llanelli laid siege on the Bedwas line as half-time approached but Bedwas defended resolutely. Such was Bedwas’ resolve that the visitors ran out of patience and Williams’ attempted drop goal was miscued and went wide.
Just before the interval Powell kicked a penalty goal from the halfway line after Llanelli were penalised for holding on and scores were locked at 13-13.
Bedwas were ahead within a minute of the restart. Ross Wardle made a powerful break down the right and put Jack Dixon in for an unconverted try.
Bedwas resisted Llanelli attacks before a good sweeping move involving backs and forwards saw Ross Wardle cross out wide, again Powell’s conversion went wide.
Llanelli were still looking to run the ball whenever they could but Bedwas resisted everything thrown at them.
Williams added a further penalty for Llanelli and then, with Bedwas a man short due to Matthew John’s sin-binning, tried to turn the screw, but Bedwas continued to defend heroically.
Rory Budina picked up a Llanelli break before sprinting 50 metres, but a Llanelli defender did well to get back and snuff out the threat. Bedwas wrapped up the win on 78 minutes. Simon Grainger broke off the back of a scrum, sold the visiting defence an outrageous dummy and touched down under the sticks. Powell added the conversion and Bedwas had secured their second bonus-point win in seven days.