|26th October 2019||2:30 PM||WRU National League 1 - East Central||2019-20||Heavy rain|
The Villagers registered their first league win of the season against Mountain Ash, scoring four well-worked tries and securing a bonus point in the process. This was a deserved victory gained by a much improved defensive display that would have pleased coaches Andrew Roberts and Adam Williams. Dinas remain a potent attacking force and the more resolute defensive display will hopefully be first of many such performances. Instrumental in this facet of play were flankers Finlay Davies and the abrasive Corey Imperato.
Dinas opened the scoring after twenty minutes when a quick ‘one-two’ between Imperato and Davies put the young flanker in the clear. Davies cross for the first try of the match and the conversion attempt by outside-half Callum Bricknell sailed between the uprights.
There were no further points for either team during the remainder of the first half and the visitors would have been happy with only a seven point deficit at the break.
The Villagers scored their second try within a minute of the restart. Once again, the due of Davies and Imperato was instrumental – Davies turning the ball over at the breakdown following a strong tackle by Imperatp. The ball was passed through the hands to scrum half Sam Middlemiss who put in an astute chip over the Moutain Ash defence. Left-wing Jim Wiltshire showed his blistering pace to gather the ball and score under the posts. With Bricknell converting the easiest of the afternoon’s converstion opportunities, the scoreline advanved to 14-0.
Dinas had their tails up and scored their third try almost immediately from the restart. A hack downfield by the visitors was collected by Bricknell and he launched a perfectly waited floating pass to the waiting Wiltshire. The rapid winger sprinted a fully forty metres before offloading to centre Rhys Evans who crossed for the try which was converted by none other than Bricknell.
The resolute Mountain Ash defence meant that it took a further twenty minutes before the home side scored their fourth try and secured the bonus point. A fine crossfield-kick by Bricknell was gathererd by Finlay Davies who, with the aid of his compatriot Imperato, beat the final defender to cross in the corner for his second try of the afternoon.
Ten minutes later the visitors completed the afternoon’s score, their solid centre Alex Hughes crossed for a try that was converted by outside-half Liam Jones.
The final score Dinas Powys 26 – 7 Mountain Ash.
This was a much improved display by the home side that saw a group of talented individuals produce a team display for the first time this season. The influence of experienced prop James Greenfield deserves mention as he, together with hooker Josh Dunleavy, provided the steel that secured the possession for the talented threequarters to show their talent.