Miles' try seals league points for Seconds
2:22pm Thursday 27th February 2014 in Sport
BARRY RFC 2nd XV 19pts
CLWB RYGBI 2nd XV 12
THE Barry Rugby Club 2nd XV welcomed Clwb Rygbi Caerdydd as they attempted to stretch their winning streak to five.
Coach Rhidian Scott and manager Ken Chow recalled the fit again Jordan Flynn at fly half to partner Rhidian Mepham, and there was also a welcome return for Dave Hosking on the bench.
With the elements and the slope behind them in the first half, Barry made a quick start. The visiting defence found it hard to handle the workrate of the Barry back row, with John Miles and Goodfellow outstanding, whilst Flynn at stand-off utilised the ball-carrying power of Marvin Cordle and Dave Williams.
It was no surprise that Barry threatened the first score when, after good drives from Adam Lee, Sion Vidal and Andy Corne, the ball was seemingly grounded for a try, only for the official to disallow it.
Undeterred, Barry soon returned to the visitors’ 22, and this time good distribution from Mepham, a strong run from Vidal, and a perfectly timed pass to Ethan Dix saw the latter cross for the first try. Lee added the extras.
Clwb Rygbi attempted to counter Barry’s physicality and power with some typically fluent link-up play, and they made some inroads into the home half, but found the defence, marshalled by Lee Jones, Kyle Case, Goodfellow and Miles, unrelenting.
The flow of the game was disrupted by the whistle-happy official, who was making some puzzling decisions which left both sets of players in the dark. Neither side coped well in this part of the game, and the half drew to a close with Barry leading 7-0.
With the management taking the break to remind players of the importance of this match for the league season, the words were still ringing in their ears when Barry stretched their lead to 14. Some good build-up play in midfield saw Williams released, and he cut through the CRCC defence superbly, dummying the full back before scoring under the posts. Lee added the extras.
With the game seemingly in the bag, Barry took their foot off the pedal and, following the sin-binning of Corne, the visitors scored two well-worked tries to reduce the deficit to 14-12.
With the game back in the balance, Barry showed great character and resilience to weather more pressure from the visitors, with all 15 men defending their line manfully. Eventually, the momentum of the game swung again and, following good work on the wing from Dix, the ball was recycled for man-of-the-match Miles to apply the finishing touch. Lee failed to add the extras.
Clwb Rygbi attempted one final push to earn themselves a draw, but their attack was snuffed out by some diligent Barry tackling, including a huge hit by Cordle on the fly half.
The 2nd XV travel to Llandaff next weekend, whilst the 3rd XV visit Cardiff Quins.
Team: Lee; Dix, Cordle, Williams, Hamonda; Flynn, Mepham; Thomas, Vidal, Corne; Jones, Case; Goodfellow, Miles and Rolfe (c)
Replacements: Hosking, Elsworth, White, and Evans. Man-of-the-match: Miles.