IN the face of this narrow defeat in Sunday's friendly, there were many positives for the Barry women's rugby side - Bombettes.

The match was arranged after scheduled cup opponents Penallta withdrew from the competition, and it was a good display from the Bombettes who have regained their composure, communication and support and, indeed, maintained momentum right through to the final whistle.

Playing into the wind in the first half, Bombettes launched a series of attacks which resulted in an unconverted try for No 8 Yapp who touched down at the back of an immense scrum.

Bombettes' forwards worked hard in defence and were strong throughout the half, but, unfortunately, the home side were caught on the break on several occasions

Bombettes responded positively with scores of their own, including a try, converted by Richards, after an amazing run from Potter.

In the last 20 minutes and on full throttle, Bombettes' attacking threat was very much to the fore and, trailing 28-27, they had everything to play for. Unfortunately, Maesteg sealed their victory when, in another break with the home side on the attack, the No 13 ran the length of the field for a converted try.

Bombettes: Cahill, Husk, Richards, Coleman, Helmore, Potter, Young, Yapp, Shanahan, Bannister, Jones (capt), Rosie, Britton, O’Neil and Day-Smith. Subs: Horne, Cashman, Garner and Phillips.