Bridgend Ravens gained a much needed victory over high flying Bedwas in the Principality Premiership on Saturday afternoon.
The Ravens edged an enthralling encounter at the Bridgend Ford Brewery Field, holding out a late Bedwas fightback to end the visitors recent winning streak, and claim a vital victory over the third placed Premiership club.
The Ravens started the game at blistering pace, Joseph Scrivens landed an early penalty before a neat Jamie Murphy chip was grounded by Marc Bennett. Bridgend went on to dominate the next 20 minutes but were unable to add to the scoreline despite Bedwas tighthead prop, Matthew Pettit’s yellow card.
The visitors managed to claw themselves level at the break thanks to a clinical try from centre James S Dixon converted by Richard Powell, the Bedwas Fly-half added a penalty on the stroke of halftime to tie the scores.
HT Bridgend Ravens 10-10 Bedwas RFC
Joseph Scrivens added his second penalty of the match before Bedwas took the lead for the first time at the hour mark. A sustained attack from the visitors was finished by Connor Edwards, Powell slotted the conversion to edge the visitors into a four point lead.
Bridgend struck back immediately, a great kick off handed the Ravens possession in the Bedwas half where the visitors were penalised. Scrivens landed his third penalty of the match to draw Bridgend to within one point. As the final ten minutes approached, Bridgend struck for a scintillating counter attack score. Mike Powell raced away out wide and found Joseph Gatt with the inside ball, the replacement centre strolled over. Fly-half Scrivens converted to hand Bridgend a slim six point lead.
Into added time Joseph Scrivens looked to have secured the Ravens’ second win of the campaign with a well taken drop goal as the Fly-half took his tally to 16 points on the day. Bridgend now led by nine leaving a tough up hill battle for Bedwas if they were to secure their fifth win in a row.
Late drama was yet to unfold as Bedwas notched a further three points from the tee, before launching a late attack looking for a score, which if converted would have nicked a win for the visitors. Former Raven James Dixon broke away in midfield to leave a nail-biting final few seconds, however Bridgend secured possession and cleared the ball off the park to bring the final whistle and secure the four points.Bridgend take a break from Principality Premiership action with the start of the Foster's Chalenge Cup. The action begins on Wednesday evening with a trip to the Gnoll to face Neath. Kick off is 7:15pm.