Fixture

Abercynon RFC | 1st Team 13 - 23 Barry RFC | 1st Team
Tomos Lee
1 Try
Alyn Evans
1 Try
Luke O'sullivan
1 Try
Kyle Barros
1 Conversion
2 Penalty

Match Report
25 September 2017 / Team News

Barry return to winning ways

Barry travelled to Abercynon last Saturday hoping to make up for last weeks heavy defeat to Aberdare, and to their credit they produced a much improved performance to run out worthy winners by 23 - 13.

Once again it was good to see both sides attempting to play expansive rugby and the early stages of the game saw the teams matched evenly as they probed for weaknesses.

The first real chance fell to the home side as they created an opening but failed to use the overlap and Barry held firm.They were made to pay moments later as a loose ball found prop Evans who with an outrageous dummy scythed through the defence to score a fine individual try, which although not converted gave Barry the lead.

They were to go further ahead minutes later as O'Sullivans charge for the line was halted illegally giving Barross the easy penalty from in front.

Abercynon responded from the restart and forced Barry into conceding a penalty which was kicked to reduce the arrears.

Barry were enjoying enough possession to maintain the pressure, but were let down by some poor handling allowing Abercynon the chance to attack on the counter One such move from the half way line saw them earn a penalty which reduced the deficit to 2 points.

Barry came straight back as Hadfield regathered the restart and broke clear. With support in attendance the ball was recycled and a clever inside pass from Barross saw O'Sullivan in the clear to cross for the teams second try. With the conversion successful Barry took the lead by !5 - 6 with half time approaching.

Barry were certainly playing with more confidence showing no little skill as they continued to keep Abercynon on the back foot, and a break from Such, carried on by O'Sullivan and Evans took them to the line for a scrum.A strong forward drive saw them push the home side over their line for Lee to grab the try which went unconverted but put Barry in a healthy lead as the half time whistle went.

Barry began the second half as they finished the first but again hands were letting them down and chances were wasted.

The pack was beginning to get the better of the home eight creating more opportunity for the backs. After a penalty had taken Barry deep into home territory, a further infringement gave Barross  a further kick at goal, and successful gave Barry the lead by 23 - 6.

This setback brought Abercynon to their senses and begin to get some possession which they used to attack Barry.The defence was called into action and managed to stem the attacking threat finally winning a scrum near their line and drive Abercynon back with a 60m clearance from Barross.

Having weathered the pressure Barry went back on the attack and a break from White looked likely to be another try only for the referee

to penalise them just short of the line.The minutes ticked away with Barry looking for the bonus point try only for them to rue the chances they created with handling errors.

As it was the home side got themselves into Barry territory to be met with solid defence.The stalemate was finally broken when Abercynon countered from a missed touch which finally saw the winger breach the defence to score a good try. The conversion proved to the last kick of the game as the whistle went to end an entertaining game of rugby.

The squad can be pleased in the way they responded after last week with an improved performance but will probably rue the chances 

they had to win by a wider margin.

Things don't get any easier this week as Barry entertain League leaders Gilfach Goch, kick off 2.30pm

Members are reminded that Membership must be paid by 30th September.The Club is open each night from 7pm and payment can be be made to Carol at the bar.

The Lottery rolls over again this week to £6500 as last weeks numbers of 06 - 09 - 12 and 23 were not matched 

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