An injury ravaged Pontypridd stole the spoils at the Bridgend Ford Brewery Field on Saturday against a determined Bridgend Ravens side.
Bridgend Ravens fought back from 15 points to 3 down to secure a losing bonus point but will rue missed opportunities against last season's Principality Premiership Finalists at the Bridgend Ford Brewery Field.
Joseph Scrivens notched the game's first points with an early penalty goal, before Pontypridd took control for the majority of the first half. The Bridgend defence held firm despite the visitors hammering the Ravens line before Ceri Sweeney levelled the scores from the tee. Pontypridd got their reward for their dominance as the first try of the match arrived late in the first half. Lockyer's pass looked to have gone to ground forward but a hack through from Bradley Coombes saw the centre touchdown under the posts. Sweeney added the conversion to put confirm Pontypridd’s supremacy in the first period.
HT Bridgend Ravens 3-10 Pontypridd RFC
Pontypridd continued as they left off, racing out of the blocks, landing their second try just minutes into the second half. Jordan Liney was shown a yellow card for repeated offences and Ponty kicked for the corner. Owen Sheppeard crashed over to further the visitors lead. The conversion was nudged wide and Bridgend faced an uphill task to get anything from the game
Joseph Scrivens added his second penalty of the match at the hour mark. Before Bridgend started to take control, chasing the a couple of scores to sneak the win.
Bridgend kicked a penalty to the corner, looking to drive towards the line, Pontypridd held firm and forced the Ravens to spread the ball wide. With a penalty advantage, Joseph Scrivens chipped into the in goal area for wing Tom O'Flaherty to chase, the speedster raced beyond the ponty defence and dived on the ball for the Ravens first try of the match. Scrivens converted leaving just a two point deficit, Bridgend had their tails up going into the final 10 minutes. The score was O’Flaherty’s sixth in four games against the Valleys side and his first since returning to the Ravens.
Joseph Scrivens showed off his footwork late on, beating three defenders, sending them the wrong way with his sharp side steps before a slip stopped him in his tracks with just Lewis Williams to beat. Bridgend kept attacking, but unfortunately ran out of time to give Pontypridd their first league win at the Bridgend Ford Brewery Field for three seasons and leave the Bridgend faithful wondering what might have been.
Following the match, Ashton Evans was awarded with the Bridgend Ravens Supporters Man of the Match to go alongside his award for the September Bridgend Ford Player of the Month award which was presented to him by Bridgend Ford Managing Director Gary Pesticcio.
It was a tough pill to swallow for Matt Silva and his squad who will be looking to put in a more accomplished 80 minute performance when high flying Bedwas visit the Bridgend Ford Brewery Field on Saturday afternoon for a 2:30pm kick off.
Bridgend Ravens Supporters Man of the Match – Ashton Evans