Bridgend Athletic Youth travelled to Bryncethin for an eagerly awaited fixture in the Ospreys Youth League in Division C East against a strong Bryncethin outfit.
They came away with an outstanding 17-3 win, keeping their unbeaten start in the league intact. They have now won three out of three and top the league with 14 points. They have a remarkable 98–6 points differential and to the delight of defence coach Paul Yardley, have yet to concede a try this season.
Both sides started strongly with both teams winning good ball from scrum and lineout and attacking each other through their back play. The first 20 minutes was tight and Bryncethin went in to a 3-point lead after kicking a penalty from just outside the Ath 22.
However, this appeared to galvanise the Ath team who started to pile on the pressure, and a great break by centre Dan O’Sullivan saw the final pass to Tom Florence go agonisingly short which would have been a fantastic score.
However, two minutes later, constant pressure and great forward drives saw a ruck formed 5 metres out and hooker Jack Hobard drove over for a great try, with the conversion narrowly missed to give the Athletic a narrow 5-3 half time lead.
The second half saw strong Ath pressure, which resulted in a remarkable try for centre Tom Florence. He made a break and was initially tackled about 30 metres out. He continued to drive forward and defenders started to fall off him, eventually crashing over the line wide out on the right for a remarkable try, again, the conversion narrowly missed. This spurred the Ath on and a great forward drive saw replacement hooker Ben Owen powering his way over for a try which was converted by Rhys Williams.
Bryncethin then upped their game and camped in the Ath 22 for fully 10 minutes pounding the Ath try line. However, fantastic defence by the Ath kept their line intact.
With one-minute remaining, second row Morgan Bennett raced away down the touchline showing remarkable speed for what looked like a bonus point try; however, a great tackle by the Bryncethin full back prevented the try.
Final score: Bryncethin Youth 3, Bridgend Athletic Youth 17.
On Saturday, September 28, the Athletic host Beddau of the Blues Region in a National Plate Cup Tie.
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