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Match Report
02 October 2017 / Team News

Croesyceiliog 14 - Risca 17

Match report by Clive James:

Risca were back visiting Croesy after a few seasons and the old rivalry between both sides and supporters soon emerged as the game got underway.

With a number of the squad unavailable Ben Pesci switched to full back, Tom Josham was on the wing, Taylor Dimmick came in at centre, Ieuen Davies and Adam Jones filled the prop positions, while at no.10 Lewis Millard was making his debut. Curtis Hicks was on permit from Newbridge at tight head prop.

The game was only 3 minutes old when Risca took the lead. From inside their own half they moved the ball quickly through several pairs of hands and wing Tom Josham finished off the move with a superb try for no.10 Millard to add the extras.The lead was then extended on 17minutes. A Croesy clearance kick was fielded on the Risca 10 yard line by Ryan Dallimore who ran strongly linking with his centres before Josham took the final pass and crossed for his second try.Millard added the conversion from the touchline.

The remainder of the first half saw both sides striving to gain the upper hand with the visitors not able to add to their two early scores and the homeside being constantly thwarted by their own handling mistakes and Risca's solid defence.

Half Time 14pts.-0.

Curtis Hicks replaced Adam Jones at the start of the second half.Croesy started with a more positve attitude after the break and it wasn't long before they had reduced the defecit when the no.9 moved the ball quickly from a ruck inside the Risca 22 to the centre who broke through to go over for a converted try under the posts.

They then levelled the score when replacement prop Curtis Hicks was yellow carded. From the scrum near the touchline the ball was moved infield and the same centre went over for another converted try.

Two more substitutions were then made by Risca with Kiaran Lewis and Wayne Whitehead replacing Todd James and Ryan Dallimore.

The final 15 minutes of the game saw both sides trying to get the winning score and it was the visitors who got the points when Croesy were penalised.

From 30metres out the cool Millard slotted the kick.

Final Score 17pts-14.

This was a typical local derby with big hits going in,good back play,strong forward play and strong defences from both teams.

Lewis Millard showed that when Biddy hangs up his boots he as the attributes to make the no.10 position his. Ben Pesci played well at full back fielding all the high kicks put up to him as well as counter attacking with strong runs.

But my Man of the Match this week has to be Todd James. The coaches will know why I gave it to him.

Next week we visit Penallta in the 1st.round of the Plate.

The club had a clean sweep of victories with the Athletic beating Pill in the Conference 68pts.- 8.

The Youth beat Ystrad Rhondda 21pts-19 in a friendly.



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