Cardiff 22 Bedwas 20
Cardiff held on in a game that had late drama against Bedwas to gain another victory that keeps the Blue & Blacks in touch in the top four.
The game started as it was to go one with both sides trying to create openings but the defences stopping the attacks as they started. Cardiff were first on the board when Dean Gunter landed a second minute penalty, and he was on target ten minutes later as he doubled the lead. Cardiff did have a chance to extend the lead as a try scoring chance went begging as the ball was spilled with the line in site.
It was though Bedwas who got the first score. A penalty for the visitors was kicked to the corner and from the resulting line-out former Cardiff favourite Dan Crimming crashed over. Another former Cardiff player, Jack Maynard, added the extras and he extended the lead three minutes later when he waltzed through some weak tackling to score under the posts.
Gunter brought Cardiff closer with his third penalty and it was Cardiff that went into the break ahead. The pack had worked the ball down the field to set up a good position but it was lost in the final third. As Bedwas tried to clear the ball rebounded to Ellis Wyn Benham who gathered and finished for his first league try. Crucially the touchline conversion by Gunter was spot on and Cardiff went down the tunnel 16-14 ahead.
The second half became the battle of the kickers as the play became very scrappy. Maynard put the Bridge Field men ahead again in the 42nd minute before Gunter restored the Blue & Black lead three minutes later. Maynard was again on target before both kickers were replaced as the game went into its last throws. James Whittingham came on for the home side and restored the lead before the drama at the end. Richard Powell had a chance to give Bedwas the victory from 45 metres, a kick he would normal convert into points, only to see it drift wide and give the Blue & Blacks four points.
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