The rain eventually abated and the Common, the most majestic of pitches provided a superb playing surface for the visitors from the village of Talgarth in Powys to provide stern opposition for an injury ravaged Dinas Powys side .
The contest was generally a dour affair and the ‘Villagers’ of Dinas Powys eventually ground out a hard earned but well deserved victory.
The home side dominated the first fifteen minutes but it was the visitors who took the lead through a penalty kick following their first visit to the Dinas Powys twenty two. The home side were stung into action and powerful carries by props Andrew O’Malia and Luke Dyer provided quick ball for the outstanding half backs of Sam Middlemiss and Ben White. The incision and guile was provided by full back Rhys Evans whose deft hands fed centre Johnny Morris who crossed for what was to prove to be the only try of the match.
The conversion was added by the impeccable White and after twenty minutes the home side led by 7-3. The men from Gwernyfed responded immediately from the restart as the ‘Villagers’ failed to clear their lines and conceded what another scribe would call a mysterious penalty and their lead was reduced to 7-6. Powerful bursts by centre Dan Evans were fruitless and the half limped to a disappointing conclusion with no further scores.
The second half was attritional with both sides lacking nothing in determination but proving unable to display any real quality in their back play. The only sparkle was provided by the home full back Rhys Evans who looked the most likely player to break the second half stalemate. Outstanding performances by Ryan Shallish and Corey Imperatto in the back-row were complimented by a man of the match performance from flanker Lewis Dunleavy. Not only did he defend resolutely in his usual manner, but he dominated at the lineout.
Such was the stalemate between the two teams that the second half only really sprung into life during injury time. Stunning interplay between forwards and backs released home wing Huw “Pablo” Liddell who darted to within inches of the tryline. It was from the ensuing ruck that the visitors were caught offside and White put his laces through the ball to extended the lead to 10-6.
The referee deemed that play should continue and the visitors repelled wave after wave of attacks. The home defence, having been reinforced by the introduction of both Matt Knibbs and Morgan Williams earlier in the match, was however to remain un-breached and the final whistle was received with relief as the ‘Villagers’ resumed their winning ways .
Next week sees Dinas Powys make the short trip to high-flying Barry at the Reservoir Field.