10 September 2017 / Club News

Forge Side 5 West Mon 47pts

it was almost ten years to the day since West Mon won their last fixture at the top of the valley

However after  the season's opening day performance and result, confidence was high as  West made the trek to Blaenavon to play their hoodoo side Forgeside in their second league fixture.

Right from the kickoff West showed their intent with three early try chances created before Forgeside conceded a penalty just inside the visitors half.

Up stepped captain Robbie Baldock to slot over a monstrous kick from fully 50 yards, which demonstrated to the Forge players that any indiscretions would be punished.

West kept the pressure on and the scrum was starting to become a real weapon with front rowers Scott Leonard, Beppe James and Jonny Coleman dominating their opposition ably aided by 2nd rows Gareth Moorcraft and Connor Witcombe.

It wasn't long before the first try arrived with the ball coming out from the scrum to centre Luke Royal who busted through two tackles to score.  This was followed by more pressure and the second followed when winger Jake Wells popped up on the opposite wing to cross for  fine score.

Forge finally woke up and tried to launch some attacks of their own, but after a big hit by No8 Bobby Cundick the ball was turned over, came through the hands to open side Daniel Dukey who burst up field before passing to wing Sam Edwards who took out two defenders before passing back inside to 2nd row Connor Witcombe for him to finish a quite outstanding move.  The try was converted by Moy Morgan Parry.

West were now looking very clinical and with forwards and backs again interlinking effortlessly the bonus try soon followed with Jake Wells scoring his second of the game again converted by Morgan  Parry

Not to be out down, his fellow wing Sam Edwards was the next scorer with a well deserved try of his own out wide to complete the first half.

The 2nd half kicked off and although against a strong wind, West continued to turn the screw and an early try followed when after a tremendous break by Dukey, the ball was quickly recycled by scrumhalf Dion Perry who gave it to more runners on the charge before passing to Robbie who delayed a short pass to tight head Jonny Coleman to crash over under the posts with three would be tacklers hanging on to him.

For those thinking a landslide was on the way, it never materialised as Forge started to have a go back and after being camped on West's line for a ten minute period,  they finally scored a deserved try of their own.

But there was to be no miracle comeback as a physical  visitor's defence continued to put in some huge hits with replacement wing Jason Morgan putting his body on the line and  Dai Redwood again seeming to tackle every opposition player on the pitch.

The final score went to the visitors when after the replacement  front row of Craig Weaver, Dafydd Thomas and the returning club stalwart DJ Winter, turned the ball over at a scrum, the ball was passed to Robbie who dummy scissored with Craig Buffin to score the seventh try under the posts , converted by Morgan to finally put the cherry on the cake in a well drilled performance.

After the hoodoo that has been Forgeside over the previous seasons, it was good to finally get this monkey off our backs..

Footnote - It also turned out to be an expensive afternoon for club President Dilwyn Lear who generously kept his pre match word by buying the complete squad a pint for winning,  Nice one Dil

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