16 April 2017 / Club News


Pontllanfraith 13  v  Forgeside 35

This was a must win game for Forgeside as they need to accumalate as many points as possible from their remaining 4 games, and although they were without at least 10 key players they still travelled with decent enough squad. However, this took it's toll as they became depleted later in the game. Forge started strongly but were unable to capatilise on any decent possession early on. In fact it was Pont who scored first as they were awarded a penalty 7 minutes in. Unfortunately for Forge they were reduced to 14 men 3 minutes later with a sin binning. However, Forge started to gain some decent possession and used this to their advantage on the 22 minute mark when Fly Half Morgan Parry grubbered a ball through Pont's defence and gather to score their first try, and convert it. From the restart Forge were on the offensive again and within 2 minutes Centre Alex Maddocks, his first game for the club since last season, burst throogh the defence and race in from 40 metres out to score. Parry converting. Pont were reduced to 14 men with a sin binning for persistent infringements. Forge continued to cause havoc and were on the scoresheet again 6 minutes later when Captain and No8 Steve Howard, who was arguably the man-of-the-match, scored from a driving scrum, Parry converting. Pont managed to salvage some possession and were rewarded with a try of their own 3 minutes later. However, the pressure didn't recede either as Forge were ruthless, with several penalties being awarded near the posts they refused to go for posts and it was Lock Ollie White who took the initiative with a quick tap penalty to dive under the posts deep into injury time, Parry converting. The second half became a scrappy affair as Forge lost a few players to injury but they had several chances to score but wasn't clinical enough with the execution. It was Pont who scored next though 8 minutes from the restart as Forge started to relax. With some stern words from their captain Forge kicked into action again and scored their final try 2 minutes later when Nathan 'Junna' Jones crashed over, Parry converting. In fact Jones started the game on the wing and ended up playing flanker for a short while and then finished as prop, so credit to him for his versitility and committment. Both sides struggled from thereon in, particularly Forgeside as they were depleted with injuries. A good win nevertheless and a bonus point to boot. Some good performances notably Parry with a 100% kicking display, Maddocks with his barnstorming runs and Howard for his allround performance. With only 2 points separating them from West Mon OBs, Forge will be pulling out all stops to avoid the drop. Next league game is New Panteg at home where they will be targetting something from the encounter, but before that they have to play Crickhowell in the semi finals of the Ivor Jones Cup at the Ponderosa.

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