25 November 2019 / Club News

Kenfig Hill 2nd XV 0 Bridgend Athletic Generals 0 WRU Conference Central – Sat Nov 23rd, 2019

Kenfig Hills coaches and team managers had worked hard all morning to get the pitch playable for the local WRU Conference Central derby between Kenfig Hill 2ND XV and Bridgend Athletic Generals in the WRU conference.


Bridgend Ath winning the toss elected to play up hill first half with the emphasis on a shutout and use of the slope to their advantage in the second half. Due to shortage of available backs in the club this weekend yet again the Generals were forced to reshuffle and play players out of position


Early pressure in the contact area resulted in some turnover ball for the Ath Generals and the forwards directed by stand in scrum half Josh Seldon were getting through a fair amount of work carrying in pods and trying to break the gain line. They had some success through the contribution of the returning second team player and physio hooker Lewis Down well supported by fellow front row Morgan Clemett and Lewis Dando. Unfortunately, some handling errors allowed kenfig Hill to turn the ball over and clear their lines. There was some strong defence in the backs from Rory Thomas again stepping in at centre and Stuart Robson outside him.


Alex Borley and Grant Edwards were also getting through some work in defence as Kenfig hill cleared their lines. Last season’s Youth Player of Year Cameron Lewis was directing the backs from outside half. Locks Matthew Tellem and Aled Pilliner carried strongly from the base of the rucks. Harry Harries and Ellis James in the back row worked hard alongside influential captain Aaron Mordecai who again stood out with his work at the base of the scrum against a strong Kenfig Hill pack.


The last quarter of the half saw the Athletic pinned inside their 22 with Kenfig Hill driving line outs and set piece scrum advantage setting up wave after wave of attacks. Aaron Mordecai did well at the base of the scrum picking up from a retreating scrum behind his own try line, allowing Liam Phillips to clear to touch.


A strong Athletic tackle on the touch line was not very well received by the Kenfig Hill back room staff and spectators which resulted in several people entering the field and spectators and management alike of Kenfig Hill being dismissed from the playing area. The Athletic managed to hold out a strong scrum from Kenfig Hill on their try line and were relieved to hear the referee’s half time whistle.


With their use of the considerable slope it was now the Athletics’ turn to use the slope with kicking to the bottom corner and pressurising the home line out.

The second half plan was put it in place with an emphasis on playing to the corners and pressurising Kenfig Hill into errors. The forwards were freshened up with the introduction of Geraint Lang who arrived straight from work and Ellis bull who both got stuck in from the off.


The Athletics’ constant kicking to the corner and putting Kenfig Hill under constant pressure saw both their fitness and discipline start to wane. They were using dubious methods to halt rolling mauls. Just after the referee awarded a yellow card against Kenfig Hill , further indiscipline from the home side convinced the referee to call an early halt to the game frustrating the Athletic, who were convinced the win was there for the taking in place of a 0-0 draw.


It was a very good effort from the Athletic and the boys can look to build on this game against Bonymaen at home on the 7th December.

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